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Short Fiction is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

The novella has long been traditional publishing's stepchild, often packaged into a collection of an … [Continue Reading]

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Reading Pages, Coining Phrases | What We’re Reading

This week the LJ/School Library Journal/Junior Library Guild roster of rabid readers is fighting … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

Some familiar authors have made this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving … [Continue Reading]

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Spotlight on Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2015

In the opening pages of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler’s flowingly written new novel, A Spool of … [Continue Reading]

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Why It’s Greater To Love and To Lose | Memoir

I swear, dear readers, that I did not read all of these books about love on purpose. My guess is the … [Continue Reading]

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Monarchs, Memoirs, Mysteries, & Making Choices | What We’re Reading

The LJ staff’s post–Valentine’s Day (and Presidents Day) reading runs the gamut from prison … [Continue Reading]

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An Oprah Pick, an Editors’ Picks Webcast

In case you missed the news, Cynthia Bond’s lustrous and heart-wrenching debut novel, Ruby, has been selected as the fourth book in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.Of course, you heard about it in Prepub Alert first, and I hope you’ve also seen LJ‘s starred review. For more insight in this novel, check out “Talking with Cynthia […]

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Ilsa J. Bick, Sarah J. Maas, & Chuck Wendig | Audio in Advance Apr. 2015 | Young Adult

Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504615129. Reader TBA. Gr 9 & Up—In this debut novel, an email falls into the wrong hands, and 16-year-old Simon Spier’s secret—he’s gay— is at risk of being exposed. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s […]

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Spotlight on Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, February 15, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler talks about her new novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, and her “continuing interest in…those cobbled-­together households that you see sometimes, getting along just as happily as many biological families.”

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Audiobooks from Carter, Chamberlain, Day, Goodwin, Hilderbrand, Millard, & Steinhauer | Xpress Reviews

Twisty fiction, a house with secrets, erotic Day, historical romance, a feel-good Christmas novel, Joni Mitchell, a predictable Regency romance, and an espionage novel with ex-lovers, military contractors, and other nefarious types

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Nonfiction on Misfortune in History, Archiving, the U.S./Mexico Border, the Bible | Xpress Reviews

A daily dose of entertainment on misfortune in history that may spark interests to be pursued elsewhere, anyone with responsibility for processing archival collections will value Santamaria’s book, a beginner’s guide to the Bible for Christians

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Fiction by Asher, Joyce, and Karr, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

A complex and satisfying sf work from Asher, a good mean girls debut, a somewhat darker and more detailed work from Joyce, and a rather plodding debut historical despite the accuracy and lavish descriptions

Psychology, February 2015 | Best Sellers

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E-Originals from Anderson, Arden, and Usen, with a Debut plus One | Xpress Reviews

A double mystery in the Florida sun, a female football player tackles her love life, a self-published debut and its sequel feature well-crafted characters, and witty banter and tons of sexual chemistry make for a lighthearted treat

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Why It’s Greater To Love and To Lose | Memoir

I swear, dear readers, that I did not read all of these books about love on purpose. My guess is the love books come out around February, when everyone is feeling in that candy-heart kind of mood. While I would argue that love can be a many-splendored thing all year long, you won’t find me […]

From Dealin’ to Wildin’ Out | African American Fiction (and More)

Urban fiction from drug dealing to wild and ruthless Memphis gangs. Plus a steamy erotic tale that leaves nothing uncovered.

Baby’s First Year, Nanny Whisperer Gold, Amish Wisdom, Raising Brave Girls, & More | Parenting Reviews, February 15, 2015

Arnold’s thoughtful worldview approach is inspiring, DK celebrates the loveliness of babies, Gold presents an excellent resource for families looking to hire a nanny, Miller looks at the parenting culture of the Amish community.

Road to Elsewhere | Classic Returns

Classic Returns travels from ancient Greece to postwar Hungary and points in between this month.

Fightin’ Words | African American Fiction (And More!)

Urban fiction tales continue to be flush with serious insults that put rivals in their place. This month’s selections feature characters dispensing verbal beat downs with razor sharp tongues.

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Readers’ Advisory

Suggestions for February, African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

Learn, honor, and remember: read the Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, Lewis’s March, the Randalls’ new cookbook, White House correspondent Ryans’s memoir, and debut novelist Solomon’s Disgruntled.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Romance and Espionage | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2015

Featuring women who can disarm men with a weapon just as easily as with their charm, these spy romances are sure to satisfy.

Ruined Worlds: Five New Postapocalyptic Novels | Wyatt’s World

The Only Ones prove to be apocalpytic-proof, Haig begins a new trilogy, strong worldbuilding and characterization from Newman, Repino’s debut battle tale, surreal adventures from first novelist van den Berg.

Anticipations: Books Long Awaited | Wyatt’s World

Valentine’s Day reading does not have to be limited to the Romance genre. It can also be centered on books readers have been yearning to experience for some time.

New Kids on the Block: 2014 Debut Authors | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2015

Selected by readers’ advisory librarians, these 2014 genre debuts introduce six such authors to note and suggest.

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