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Q&A: Anna Freeman | Debut Spotlight, July 2015

Anna Freeman’s outstanding debut, The Fair Fight (Riverhead, LJ 1/15), is a richly detailed … [Continue Reading]

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Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

I love books. I like to inhale their special perfume: the sharp tang of printer’s ink mixed with … [Continue Reading]

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

As many of our colleagues at School Library Journal/LJ journey to ALA and/or vacation hot spots, the … [Continue Reading]

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Will the Real Christian Grey, Please Stand Up? | Beyond Fifty Shades

LJ ebook reviewer Colleen Sargent sheds some light on Grey.   James, EL. Grey: Fifty … [Continue Reading]

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Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. … [Continue Reading]

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2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal Winners | ALA 2015

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence … [Continue Reading]

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Multiformat Harper Lee Coming This Month

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is scheduled for release by HarperCollins on July 14, with a two-million-copy first printing and, reports the New York Times, the most preorders in the company’s history. The Times has also let us know that after the seesawing excitement and doubt stirred up by the February announcement of the […]

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Rebecca Stead, Typhoid Mary, & an Adventurous Possum | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Middle Grade

Abbott, Tony. The Golden Vendetta. (The Copernicus Legacy, Bk. 3). Blackstone. ISBN Read by MacLeod Andrews. Gr 3-7—It’s been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, but when the evil Galina Krause suddenly and violently reappears, Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca have no choice but to face her again. Now they […]

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Q&A: Richard E. Nisbett

LJ talks to Richard E. Nisbett, author of Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking, “a great gift of enlightenment from an expert and exemplary teacher.”

Engineering & Technology, June 2015 | Best Sellers

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A View from Outside the Box | Music Matters, July 2015

Denver Public Library’s Volume and Madison Public Library’s Yahara are great pathways to discoverability for local artists and are creating more visibility for musicians who may not get noticed in a physical collection.

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Hot Reads from Franzen, Hornby, Willig, plus Stories from Dovey & More | Fiction Reviews, July 2015

Demand will be high for Franzen’s latest; a snappy, heartwarming comedy from Hornby; Willig’s final “Pink Carnation” offers a slice of reading heaven; Pintoff’s Hostage Taker is hailed as one of the year’s best thrillers.

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First Novelists Clegg, Foroutan, Islam, Jaffe, Samuel, & Others | Debut Fiction, July 2015

Readers will be transfixed by Clegg’s stellar language and storytelling; Islam merges fascinating narrative, honest characters, and the rich history and culture of Bangladesh; Samuel stuns with a heart-stopping narrative

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How To Live Beyond Fear, Endure Adversity, Embrace Others | Self-Help Reviews, July 2015

For readers who want more out of life, Gilbert serves as an enthusiastic coach; Nepo’s message is amazingly honest and inspiring for those confronting serious illness; Rigal’s Flawd is a must-read for most teenagers

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Celebrating Love, Gratitude, & Heritage | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, July 2015

Harris’s road to love will offer readers hope and help, Kang’s smart, subtle essay should earn him greater renown, Twiss writes with passion and intelligence from an eye-opening viewpoint.

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Trends, Traditions, Tastes: Middle Eastern Cooking | Collection Development, July 2015

Emphasizing recency and broad appeal, this list of materials will meet the practical needs of cooks and provide signposts for readers who’d like to contextualize their Middle Eastern cooking through additional study. The recommended DVDs highlight differences in how foods are prepared and eaten in the Middle East versus the United States and touch on heated debates regarding the origins of popular foods.

Summertime Vibes | Memoir

The memoirs this month are quick, quirky books perfect for reading in a hammock while soaking up some summertime vibes.

From Screen to Sound | Wyatt’s World

For the second week of audiobook month consider displaying titles by authors well known on screens big and small. Here are five memoirs from visual celebrities—actors on hit TV shows and films, a news anchor, and a chef–turned–tour guide.

Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015

Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.

Faulty Families | Memoir

There’s not a dud in this batch of brand-new memoirs about families functional and dysfunctional.

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Readers’ Advisory

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles. And have a Happy 4th

Listening Trip: Audiobooks Set in San Francisco | Wyatt’s World

Wrapping up audiobook month are selections for road, train, and plane warriors heading off to the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in San Francisco, each title well set in the foggy and hilly city.

Mars: The Re(a)d Planet | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2015

Sf writers and their fans have been drawn to the Red Planet for decades. Here are some of the best intergalactic adventures published between 1950 and 2014.

A New Adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell | RA Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, two magicians lead me down a winding path.

Modern “Radio” Dramas: Audio Stories for 21st-Century Listeners | Wyatt’s World

Radio dramas have given way to podcasts, and this new form of storytelling is as addictive and immersive as its early predecessor. Here are five to consider.

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