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Turning Pages, Catching Tears, Learning Languages | What We’re Reading

This week the "What We're Reading" gang from LJ, School Library Journal, and Junior Library Guild … [Continue Reading]

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review

Patrick, Phaedra. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Mira: Harlequin. May 2016. 304p. ISBN … [Continue Reading]

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Ch-ch-changes & Other Oddities | What We’re Reading

Oh dear “What We’re Reading” fans and friends, it’s been a woefully long time since we last … [Continue Reading]

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Go, Oscar, Go: Best Documentary Feature Nominees 2016 | LJ Reviews

  LJ tracked down the nominees for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature to … [Continue Reading]

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review

Chee, Alexander. The Queen of the Night. Houghton Harcourt. Feb. 2016. 576p. ISBN 9780618663026. … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads February 2016

The February LibraryReads list features Ruta Sepetys's historical novel of adventure, maritime … [Continue Reading]

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Speaking with Ruta Sepetys

  On January 30, 1945, while evacuating military personnel, German civilians, and refugees from across Europe, the German military transport ship Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic’s frigid waters, resulting in the greatest tragedy in maritime history. Because of a Nazi hush-up, the Soviet captain’s dishonorable discharge, and postwar German […]

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James McBride’s Quest for the Real James Brown | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Nonfiction

Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681681283. Reader TBA. Traveling around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research―the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states―Ackerman not only tells […]

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Q&A: Max Rodriguez, Founder of QBR: The Black Book Review

Max Rodriguez is founder and publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review; he also started the annual Harlem Book Fair. Rodriguez recently answered a few questions about his work and about trends in books by and for African Americans.

Medicine, February 2016 | Best Sellers

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The Brontës and Austen Redux, Redux | Wyatt’s World

There is a new wave of retellings of Austen and the Brontës happening now and into the spring, seeking to reinvent the beloved classics. Here are five forthcoming titles in that mold.

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Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han | LJ Review

In her first book, Los Angeles–based “wildcrafter” and drinks expert Han provides recipes for syrups and various libations to make at home using gathered or purchased plants, flowers, spices, and fruits.

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E-Originals by Clark & Co., Daco, Jamison, and Perera | Xpress Reviews

A trio of holiday novellas, sparks fly in Daco’s “electrifying” paranormal romance, Jamison hits her stride with book two in her “Destiny” series, egos clash and an unlikely alliance is formed in a fantasy romance from Perera

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Fiction from Ashe, Box, and Sigurdardóttir, plus Debuters de Silva and Kelly | Xpress Reviews

Lovers of historical romance and mysteries will enjoy Ashe’s latest; more of Joe Pickett for Box fans; de SIlva’s debut features descriptive writing and excellent sense of place; a debut about the Houdinis; and a spooky, haunting thriller from Sigurdardóttir

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James McBride’s Quest for the Real James Brown | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Nonfiction

Ackerman, Jennifer. The Genius of Birds. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681681283. Reader TBA. Traveling around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research―the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states―Ackerman not only tells […]

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Richard Kadrey, Robyn Carr, & Eric Jerome Dickey | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Fiction

Fiction audiobooks releasing in April 2016

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Collection Development

Life with a Special-Needs Child, First Dads, Early Literacy, Teen Talk | Parenting Reviews, February 15, 2016

In this go-round of reviews of the child-rearing literature, we get a glimpse into the diverse parenting styles of U.S. presidents, life with a special-needs child, and new approaches to language development in children with cleft lip and palate.

The Mean Streets | African American Fiction (and More)

While Harlem and Brooklyn have been the setting for much of urban fiction, this month’s selections extend into Newark, NJ, Detroit, and Memphis. Yet the place that really stands out is Washington, DC’s Library of Congress.

Gazing, Grazing, Homesteading, Reasoning | Memoir

This month’s column looks at an essential book on depression, the story of a man trying to turn himself into a goat, and a tale of modern-day homesteading. Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighs in on bodies, illness, and aging.

Learning the Craft | Collection Development: The Business of Writing

Books on the craft of writing often fall into three categories: the practical, meant to teach readers to construct entertaining works; the academic, meant to mold the aspiring writer into an artist; and titles that are a mix of the two. Whatever an aspiring writer’s needs, these 30 resources should help wannabes become wordsmiths.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

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Readers’ Advisory

The Brontës and Austen Redux, Redux | Wyatt’s World

There is a new wave of retellings of Austen and the Brontës happening now and into the spring, seeking to reinvent the beloved classics. Here are five forthcoming titles in that mold.

Wonderful Returns: Five Novels by Beloved Authors | Wyatt’s World

If discovering a new author is a pleasure in part because of the promise of many books to come, a new work by a beloved writer whom one has followed for years is equal cause for celebration. Here are five new titles by writers readers likely know well.

Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling | RA Crossroads

As Bryson fans would expect, this adventure around William Shakespeare’s blessed plot is at times riotously funny, at others warmly descriptive of place and quickly paced.

Drawing Strife: Global Conflicts in Graphic Novels | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2016

The striking images in graphic novels are an excellent means of depicting the physical and emotional trauma created by conflicts around the world.

Reintroductions: Five Sophomore Efforts | Wyatt’s World

One of the thrills of discovering a debut author is the hope of having found a writer to follow for years to come. Here is an early season sample of second works already published or forthcoming in 2016.

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