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Busting & Building Bubbles | What We’re Reading

Not long ago, I went to a meeting of like-minded people that began to feel too claustrophobic and … [Continue Reading]

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LJ’s Best Books of 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best … [Continue Reading]

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Preturkey, Postelection Tomes | What We’re Reading

After the election and a brief getaway (to the Caribbean; sadly, I had to come back), I returned to … [Continue Reading]

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Life Losses & Gains | Memoir

If there's a theme that holds this month's memoirs together, it's loss. Here, two men lose their … [Continue Reading]

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In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

Before Leonard Cohen became one of the preeminent songwriters of the modern era, penning such … [Continue Reading]

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New Hope for Faith-Filled Fiction | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

The inspirational fiction publishing landscape has shifted quite dramatically over the past few … [Continue Reading]

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The Year in Review: LJ’s Best Books of 2016

Prepub Alert is designed to look forward—next week, I’ll start previewing June 2017 titles after my five-part coverage of May, always a hefty month. But now I’m stepping back to direct you to past titles. Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 is up and running, ready for your perusal. Aside from the Top Ten titles, […]

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Cara Hoffman, George Saunders, & Salman Rushdie | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Fiction

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So You Think You Want To Review? Expert Advice from a Seasoned Editor

Henrietta Verma discusses her new book, offering advice for librarians on writing, reviewing, and leadership

Politics & Law, December 2016 | Best Sellers

January 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO (previously YBP Library Services)

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Back Pocket RA: Poetry | Wyatt’s World

Poetry kicks off the countdown to 2017 and a multiweek survey of titles not to miss. Suggest these books to anyone looking for a bit of space and reflection as the year fades away

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Cara Hoffman, George Saunders, & Salman Rushdie | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks publishing in February 2017

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Fraud, Plagues, & Cannibalism | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Nonfiction

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Val McDermid, Neil Gaiman, & Laura Lippman | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Angie Thomas, Nina LaCour, & Garth Nix | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Young Adult

Young adult audiobooks publishing in February 2017

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Amy Ephron, Kwame Alexander, & Isaac Newton, Alchemist | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Middle Grade

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Betrayal and Forgiveness | African American Fiction (and More)

There’s a satisfying amount of betrayal, bedroom romps, and violence to please a wide range of urban fiction readers. However, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s latest work moves away from these overworked themes and offers a message of forgiveness while dealing with an overzealous “friend.”

Gardening Trends | Collection Development

In a 2009 study, “Belt Tightening in Bad Times,” the Pew Research Center found that gardening had soared during the recession as Americans economized by growing food, firing groundskeepers, and staying home. Now, urgency over climate change, habitat loss, and struggling species (e.g., bees)—along with concerns over food security and obesity—are enticing newbies and prompting […]

Life Losses & Gains | Memoir

Themes of loss and unconventional families prevail in this month’s memoir selections

Teen-Parent Trust, Creative Block Play, Blended Families, Tech Education | Parenting Reviews, November 1, 2016

Brown’s work is full of practical expectations; a solid offering for tech-education collections; Hicks delivers a healthy framework for negotiating a stable family structure; Creative Block Play should be on every early childhood educator’s bookshelf

Diversity Is No Mystery | Collection Development: Diverse Mysteries, November 1, 2016

The We Need Diverse Books grassroots movement is opening the way for new voices to be heard in adult genres as well as youth, including crime fiction and mysteries. These 20 titles, plus e-resources, will offer your patrons a world of options.

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Readers’ Advisory

Back Pocket RA: Poetry | Wyatt’s World

Poetry kicks off the countdown to 2017 and a multiweek survey of titles not to miss. Suggest these books to anyone looking for a bit of space and reflection as the year fades away

Collecting Art | Wyatt’s World

Art volumes are complicated purchases. However, these tomes illustrate perfectly what a library offers its community—a place where books that may be out of reach for many are easily available. Here are five titles to consider.

All in Good Time | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2016

Just as Ursula K. Le Guin once said, authors help readers sail the river of time. The boarding pass for a story can take one deep into history, far into the future, or allow bibliophiles to bounce back and forth.

A Year in Books | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2016

In keeping with this column’s end-of-the-year tradition of highlighting favorite titles, a number of readers’ advisors have surveyed their bookshelves and pulled novels they have deeply enjoyed.

Next Force Awakens: What To Watch, Read, Listen To | 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, all things Star Wars lead me down a winding path.

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