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Another Conference Is in the Books | RWA 2016

Thursday’s luncheon speaker at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual meeting was Beverly … [Continue Reading]

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Librarians Day & Bradford | RWA 2016

As Oscar Hammerstein would say, “Let’s start at the very beginning.” The Romance Writers of … [Continue Reading]

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Politics, Escapism, & Podcast Extras | What We’re Reading

Last week when the whole world seemed ready to explode and nothing made any sense, I asked my … [Continue Reading]

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The RITAs & Robyn Carr | RWA 2016

I like to begin coverage of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference, held this year in … [Continue Reading]

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Family Fireworks & “Boomoirs” | Memoir

The reviews this month highlight four debut memoirs, all of them dealing in some way with both the … [Continue Reading]

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Wins & Loss | French on Fridays

I don’t even know how to address the latest act of violence and the huge death toll in France. I … [Continue Reading]

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ALA Buzz Books, Pt. 2 | ALA Annual 2016

Exhibitors at this summer’s annual American Library Association (ALA) conference had lots of books for the taking—ALA means never having enough book bags—and as I pointed out last week, many titles that buzzed at BookExpo America (BEA) also buzzed at ALA. We see the same this week, as more publishers reveal their in-demand titles. Sourcebooks […]

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Colson Whitehead, Emma Donoghue, & Diana Gabaldon | Audio in Advance September 2016 | Fiction

Fiction on audio coming out in September 2016

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Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016

In Blake Crouch’s fantastically conceived yet utterly persuasive Dark Matter, contented family man Jason Dessen is walking home from a friend’s celebratory bar meet-up when he’s abducted. He awakens in a laboratory where everyone reveres him, yet things are decidedly off

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Christian Fiction | Best Sellers, July 2016

Kingsbury, the Brunstetters, Robin Lee Hatcher, and more

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Another Conference Is in the Books | RWA 2016

Wrapping up another fabulous Romance Writers of America conference

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Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World

Politics has likely dominated many conversations this week and will continue to do so in the days and months to follow. For readers who need to step away for a bit, here’s an eclectic group of choices.

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LJ Reference Reviews: August 1, 2016

Virus shows the vital role of organisms in our ecosystem; updated Evidence Explained is essential for researchers; students of theology, philosophy, religious studies, and associated subjects will be well served by Alexander Street’s Religion databases.

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Nonfiction: Thomas Cole, Nora Ephron, Gab, Marijuana, Climbing, Zika, Art, Russia, EWF | Xpress Reviews

Presenting the self-taught Thomas Cole; a guide to spoken eloquence; marijuana, anyone? climbing El Capitan; a fascinating perspective on writerly masochism; weird pieces from the Atavist website; being aware of Zika; how to find time for artist; a great retrospective of Russian post–Cold War events; the late great Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire

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LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Benedict, Chang, and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

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Graphic Novels by Sattouf and Warner | Xpress Reviews

Readers familiar with Marjane Satrapi will be well rewarded; fans of Randall Munroe will find Warner’s read both informative and hilarious

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Family Fireworks & “Boomoirs” | Memoir

Derek reads four debut memoirs this month and Thérèse Purcell Nielsen reviews two baby boomer memoirs.

Brontës, Selfies, Babies, Frankenstein, & More | Classic Returns

This time out, we spotlight classics of literature, art, fashion, pregnancy bibles, and coming-of-age stories.

Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir

This month, all the memoir picks are about being brave, and the many forms that it may take. Even when dealing with heavy subject matter, the authors find light, humor, and meaning in their experiences.

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Readers’ Advisory

Reading as Counterprogramming | Wyatt’s World

Politics has likely dominated many conversations this week and will continue to do so in the days and months to follow. For readers who need to step away for a bit, here’s an eclectic group of choices.

Librarians Day & Bradford | RWA 2016

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) annual conference kicks off with Librarians Day, a full complement of panels for local librarians, a luncheon, and a networking hour with authors and editors

Baking Is Back | Wyatt’s World

To the delight of many, PBS’s The Great British Baking Show returns for its third season. Celebrate and connect with readers by diving into the stacks and putting your best baking books on display. Here are a few new works to consider as well.

Working Vacations | Wyatt’s World

As many patrons prepare to take summer vacations, consider suggesting books about the working life of others. Here are five recent examples to get started, covering a range of jobs and types of reading.

Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

Celebrate July 4th with the Hamilton cast album and show tie-in (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution) and consider some other recent works on the era.

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