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4 Family Stories, 1 Autism Experience | Memoir

This month, I cover three memoirs about three very different families (surprise! I like family … [Continue Reading]

Mothers, Dogs, Trees, Dystopias, Beach Cottages | What We’re Reading & Watching

A random tweet from Reviews Director Kiera Parrott about crying on mass transit prompted me to ask … [Continue Reading]

All Ears: Top Audiobook Titles for Summer and Fall | Audio Spotlight

Audiobook consumption among library patrons continues to rise. Barbara Hoffert’s 2017 materials … [Continue Reading]

Hannah Lillith Assadi: A Lyricist at Heart | Debut Spotlight

Hannah Lillith Assadi’s first novel, Sonora (LJ 4/15/17), is a lyrical coming-of-age story about … [Continue Reading]

High-Profile Debut Novels: Four Distinctive and Newsworthy Works

Brassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146879. $26; ebk. … [Continue Reading]

Summer Escapes: Roll Out the Beach Towel with Some Genre Fiction

Vacation season is approaching, and readers will be contemplating their book lists as carefully as … [Continue Reading]

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Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Statistics, Grammar, & Black Lives Matter | Nonfiction Audiobooks Coming in July

Nonfiction audiobooks releasing in July 2017

David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” Seeks Justice for the Osage Nation

In summer 2012, New York Times best-selling author David Grann traveled to Pawhuska, OK, at the heart of the Osage Nation, to learn more about the terrible violence visited upon the Osage in the 1920s.

Medicine, May 2017 | Best Sellers

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Susan Wittig Albert on Eleanor Roosevelt’s Heart

An LJ 2016 Indie Ebook Award winner, Susan Wittig Albert’s historical novel Loving Eleanor tells of the romance between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1762) and reporter Lorena Alice “Hick” Hickok (1893–1968). Here, Albert talks about the significance of their story and her own experience being an indie author.

June 2017 LibraryReads

Summer is on its way and the June LibraryReads list has a handful of great beach reads. New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back with a captivating new novel full of lust and betrayal. Set during WWI, The Alice Network, a novel by national bestselling author Kate Quinn tells a fascinating story of courage and sacrifice while […]

4 Family Stories, 1 Autism Experience | Memoir

LJ columnist Derek looks at three family memoirs and one autism memoir; plus bonus coverage of a memoir by Kelly Grey Carlisle

Four Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Babst, C. Morgan. The Floating World. Algonquin. Nov. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781616205287. $26.95. LITERARY There are in-house raves for this debut, and the subject matter—the consequences of Hurricane Katrina—recommend it highly. When older daughter Cora refuses to evacuate as the storm approaches, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave, and his white, upper-crust […]

Bradford, Evans, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Nov. 2017

Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets of Cavendon. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781250091451. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250091475. CD: Macmillan Audio. HISTORICAL Bradford continues her No. 1 New York Times best-selling “Cavendon Chronicles,” which details events surrounding two families living in a grand home in England’s northern reaches. It’s 1949, a new generation of Inghams and […]

Technology, Literature, & Dan Rather | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2017

Berlin, Leslie. Troublemakers: The Story of Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age. S. & S. Nov. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781451651508. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781451651522. TECHNOLOGY Five of the world’s six most valuable companies are high-tech firms, and they were helped to the top by the six innovators profiled here, who broke ground in 1970s and early […]

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Collection Development

4 Family Stories, 1 Autism Experience | Memoir

LJ columnist Derek looks at three family memoirs and one autism memoir; plus bonus coverage of a memoir by Kelly Grey Carlisle

Sharing the Struggle | Memoir

By reading about those with different lived experiences, we find commonalities and strength to share in the struggle toward a more equitable world for all.

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

Family Ties and a Rock and Roll Guy | Memoir

This month’s memoir picks are about families and, particularly, fathers and sons.

Doing Right by Our Smallest Citizens | Parenting Reviews

FROM CELEBRITY TELL-ALLS to husband bashing to why we might want to remove “Good Job!” from our parenting vocabulary, there is quite the array of topics covered in this month’s column.

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Timely Titles: FBI Fiction | Wyatt’s World

From Margaret Truman to Thomas Harris to James Patterson, authors of FBI fiction continue to build on a rich tradition and a long backlist. Considering recent headlines, now is a good time to generate a display and suggest titles. Below are some newer novels and one classic.

Book Club Picks, a Literary Detective Story, and More | Books for Dudes

The best fiction makes the possible probable, and Doug continues his search for it in this month’s Books for Dudes column.

Short Stories for Distracted Minds | Wyatt’s World

A long novel can provide the perfect escape, sometimes a weeks-long fall into story, character, and place. But other times such needed focus is in short supply, and what readers really crave are brief pieces that can recenter their thinking—like boot camp meditation. Here are five collections to do just that.

Intoxicating Reads, Listens, and Views: Begin with Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” 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, wine leads me down a winding path.

Collection Check for Free Comic Book Day | Wyatt’s World

Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day. Use the occasion to share the riches of graphic novel collections and build patrons’ TBR lists. Here are five essential volumes to have in the stacks or on order.

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