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The Clintons and The Donald: Cast Your Ballot Here | Presidential DVDs

Library Journal couldn't let the election hoopla go unnoticed, so we asked reviewer STEPHEN L. HUPP … [Continue Reading]


Home States, Red States, Mental States, Brontë Estates | What We’re Reading

As Halloween scratches at the LJ/School Library Journal doors, "What We're Reading" team members … [Continue Reading]


Johansen’s Pick of the Month, Bonesteel, Cain, Itäranta, Liu, Hugo Awards & New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, October 15, 2016

Another Halloween season is upon us, and you’ve probably already been stocking new book displays … [Continue Reading]


What We Talk About When We Talk About… | Memoir

Why do we read memoir? What's the irresistible pull of this particular form? Is it because we want … [Continue Reading]


Reading Bob Dylan

We’ll leave the debate about whether song lyrics are poetry to others; we’re happy for Bob … [Continue Reading]


All’s Fair in Love | Genre Spotlight: Romance

Romance, like many genres, is continually evolving and broadening its definition with new subgenres, … [Continue Reading]


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Short List Announced for Andrew Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books short-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are given for the previous year’s best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States. The two medal winners will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) […]


Series Installments from J.A. Jance & Ed Lin | Audio in Advance December 2016 | Fiction

Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520044989. Reader TBA. These 17 stories were each inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. […]


Q&A: Alexandra Horowitz, Author of Being a Dog

Conducting research and learning how to rely on her own sense of smell, Alexander Horowitz took a nosedive into the canine domain to ­understand a dog’s point of view in her latest book, Being a Dog.

Geology, October 2016 | Best Sellers

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Cookbook Countdown Kickoff | Wyatt’s World

Back again for 2016 is the great Fall Cookbook Countdown leading to Thanksgiving. For the next three weeks we’ll spotlight a different group of five cookbooks while presenting various themes and ways of highlighting your collection. The kickoff begins with celebrity offerings.


FearNYC Day Six: Honoring the Work of Wes Craven

On the penultimate day of the first annual FearNYC festival, festival goers were treated to another collection of horror shorts, a few classic horror films, some fantastic premieres, and the awards ceremony.


Fiction from Rice and Riggle, with a Debut from Rydahl | Xpress Reviews

“Vampire Chronicles” fandom will be clamoring for a peek at Rice’s latest tale, though it’s confusing at times; Riggle presents an entrancing novel of the Broadway theatrical world in its heyday; Rydahl’s debut unfolds one unexpected clue at a time and will keep readers guessing until the very end


E-Original from Calista Fox’s “Burned Deep” Series | Xpress Reviews

Prepare for action, sex appeal, and bulging biceps as this hunky bodyguard protects his lady love in the latest from Calista Fox


Nonfiction on the Owl, Science, Financial Planning, the Fax Machine, and the Boss | Xpress Reviews

A gem for owl fans; an infographic guide to science; for those desiring a firm grip on their finances; a meticulously researched history of the fax machine; for those ready to stop slogging through life; Springsteen’s is one of rock’s finest memoirs


Graphic Novel from National Book Award Winner Coates | Xpress Reviews

Coates’s graphic novel is an entertainingly serious political thriller more than a superhero adventure; a thoughtful and complex Black Panther incarnation that draws on prior Marvel-world events

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Collection Development

Fan Favorites and Promising Newcomers | African American Fiction (and More)

Urban fiction fan favorites Ni-Ni Simone and De’Nesa Diamond return, but librarians will also want to watch promising debut authors Ginger McKnight-Chavers and Stephen Mack Jones.

Best Memoir: Our Favorites of 2016, Part 2

A feel-good nonfiction beach read for the athletic and nonathletic alike; essential reading for all parents; beautifully told, Ghost Songs is likely to stay with readers for a long time; Tynan presents universal insight and wit

What We Talk About When We Talk About… | Memoir

A father who lost a child in a rafting accident; a director of a sober-living community for women with AIDS; an Iranian fashion rebel; and a creative writing professor with abandonment issues

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 1, 2016

As always, the annual Pushcart Prize XLI is highly recommended; Kelly creates a world that is deeply felt; a revealing look at professional wrestler Rowdy; a solid offering for the tech-education collection; Anishinaabe activist Bellecourt’s riveting autobiography; an important study that teaches to decipher science and medical news

The Banned, the Bands, Autobios, & More | Classic Returns

In honor of Banned Books Week, we present two censored authors and many other icons and iconoclasts of yore.

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Readers’ Advisory

Cookbook Countdown Kickoff | Wyatt’s World

Back again for 2016 is the great Fall Cookbook Countdown leading to Thanksgiving. For the next three weeks we’ll spotlight a different group of five cookbooks while presenting various themes and ways of highlighting your collection. The kickoff begins with celebrity offerings.

Getaway Books…About Cats and Dogs | Wyatt’s World

Need yet another refuge from the anxiety of the election now that the third and final presidential debate is history? Apparently, viewing cat videos is an effective tonic for many. In that vein, here are five books on cats and dogs that provide an escape.

Sophomore Triumphs | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2016

Second novels can be tricky. Will the buzz surrounding a first splash be repeated, or will that sophomore effort turn out to be a one-hit wonder? Here are six titles that shine as much as the debuts that preceded them.

Reading Bob Dylan

Here are a few recommended reads about the Nobel-winning troubadour, rock and roll’s poetry man.

Globe-Spanning Adventures | Wyatt’s World

October brings a number of particularly riveting crime novels—from legal to historical to quasi-true tales—that allow readers to travel the globe and back in time.

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