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Pre–Memorial Day Free-for-All | What We’re Reading

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The Eighth Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share | BookExpo America 2016

The best was saved for last as tote-bag-laden librarians gathered at the close of the final day of … [Continue Reading]

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Violence & Femmes | French on Fridays

I need a break! Almost every book I've read in the past few weeks has been strewn with female … [Continue Reading]

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A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

The saying that we “can’t see the forest for the trees” applies to how easy it can be to … [Continue Reading]

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Our “United” States: Sen. Cory Booker on Building Strong Communities

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Cool Summer Reads: Hit the Beach with These Genre Fiction Favorites

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Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

At the Editors’ Picks panel at this year’s Day of Dialog, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library, CT, brought up the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge, a program born on Twitter that promotes the reading of all books published by the redoubtable editor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Einhorn was at Day of Dialog in her […]

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Julian Fellowes’s Next Act | Audio in Advance July 2016 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks releasing in July 2016

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Fredrik Backman | LibraryReads Author Spotlight, May 15, 2016

The U.S. editor for Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as Backman’s other two novels, Peter Borland spoke about his star author in a phone call with LJ.

Environmental Science, May 2016 | Best Sellers

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All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World

Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic , and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

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Graphic Novels from Aaronovitch & Co., Hernandez & Others, and Simon Plus | Xpress Reviews

A story for fans of police investigative dramas and sf; lovers of The Prisoner will delight in this parallel world of government experts, secret agents, and scientists; for fans of DC’s Vertigo titles, punk art, and David Cronenberg films

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Nonfiction on Warren Buffett, “Hamilton,” Skulls, Science, Networks, Cybernetics | Xpress Reviews

Buffett’s investment ground rules; Hamilton says it all; skulls in art; the study of the politics of science; a thought-provoking view of the changes a networked world; of broad appeal to readers interested in the history of science and technology

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Fiction from Hogan, Kane, and Lewis, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

A divided story is more for the historical fan, a quick thriller, women’s fiction with a dark bent, a debut with lush descriptions and books with multiple narratives, another debut that follows the gothic literary tradition

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E-Originals from Anderson, Dunlop, and Panzera | Xpress Reviews

Readers of Anderson’s latest will root for both men to get over their hang-ups and celebrate their feelings for each other; Dunlop’s humorous tale of good intentions is ideal for casual, contemporary romance fans; danger, poaching, kidnapping, trespassing, and family issues set a difficult stage for wooing

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Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

Exploring the Outdoors, Crafts, & Kids’ Curiosity | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2016

WITH FAMILIES ABOUT TO VISIT libraries in droves for summer reading programs, now is a great time for a parenting-through-the-years display, reminding moms and dads that librarians are a rich resource and valued partner in the health and growth of children of all ages.

Sex, Drugs, Sticks | Memoir

The perennial themes of sex and drugs pop up in all of the memoirs (sometimes in the same book) this month.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 15, 2016

Françoise Gilot on Her Life with and Without Picasso; visionary versemakers Dove and Rich; music man Gleason; an articulate Rise and Fall of Nations; where to find The World’s Best Drinks and Street Food

Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016

According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, “sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list.” Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

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All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World

Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic , and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016

It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

Self-Help Across Subjects | Wyatt’s World

The desire to live a more fulfilling life is a perennially favorite subject of many authors, no matter where their books fall on the Dewey decimal range. Below are current examples that illustrate the breadth of the topic—from cookbooks and craft guides to memoirs and scientific studies.

A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

The six books below shed light on the forest, highlighting its glory and its shadowy depths, while readers can immerse themselves in those worlds knowing they are safe in their favorite chair.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads

With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.

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