Race, Education, & the Prison System | Social Science Reviews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution:The Story of the Struggle. S. & S. Sept. 2015. 512p. ISBN 9781451694116. $35. SOCIAL HISTORY Winner of six Lambda Literary Awards, two Stonewall Book Awards from the American Library Association, and Yale’s James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture for Exemplary Scholarship in Lesbian/Gay Studies, among other honors, Faderman is […]

Top Indie Fiction: 13 Key Spring Titles Beyond the Best Sellers List

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Abdou’s fresh story about family–work tensions and the cultural divide; Busman’s language is toughly lyric; Doten is utterly surreal; an intense, spot-on investigation of destructive behavior from Gerard; Hossain daringly shows us war

Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

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Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

Early Summer Catch-Up: Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us

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Every season, some titles pass me by, usually because they are dropped into the schedule too late for me to feature in a given month. Publishing in June, Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us (Dial. 512p. ISBN 9780385342940. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812997842) is one title I don’t want you to miss. Fans of the […]

Alaa Al Aswany, Adi Alsaid, Belinda Bauer, Jack Canfield, Susan Casey, Amitav Ghosh, Eli Gottlieb, Mary Kubica | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Al Aswany, Alaa. The Automobile Club of Egypt. Knopf. Aug. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780373211548. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460379370. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Published here in 2004, Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building was a best seller in the Arab world for five years and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006; the Times (London) recently […]

Linda Fairstein, Sophie Hannah, Michael Koryta, & More | Essential Thriller Titles, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Burdett, John. The Asset. Knopf. Aug. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780307272683. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353205. POLICE PROCEDURAL Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a Buddhist detective with the Royal Thai Police Force, returns after Vulture Peak for some seriously techy trouble. With female inspector Krom, as capable socially and technologically as he’s not, Sonchai peers through a raging typhoon at […]

Five Key Memoirs from Felicia Day, Smokejumper Jason Ramos, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Badkhen, Anna. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah. Riverhead. Aug. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781594632488. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698142718. MEMOIR Award-winning reporter Badkhen often reports on war, and even when she’s not she goes to the edge in interesting ways; 2013’s The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan […]

An Oprah Pick, an Editors’ Picks Webcast

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In case you missed the news, Cynthia Bond’s lustrous and heart-wrenching debut novel, Ruby, has been selected as the fourth book in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.Of course, you heard about it in Prepub Alert first, and I hope you’ve also seen LJ‘s starred review. For more insight in this novel, check out “Talking with Cynthia […]

Talking with Cynthia Bond About Her Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Pick, Ruby

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When beautiful Ruby Bell returns home to East Texas to wander barefoot along the red dirt roads, her mind seemingly gone and her black skin and lustrous black hair thick with dirt, she is scorned by the townsfolk, who set her up as an example of sinful aspiration to be avoided. But she attracts the […]

Haruki Murakami, Ian Rankin, Two New York Times Reporters as Debut Novelists, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Buck, Rinker. The Oregon Trail: An American Journey. S. & S. Aug. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781451659160. $28. HISTORY In the years 1845–1860, 400,000 pioneers traveled west along the Oregon Trail, moving 2,000 miles from Missouri to the Pacific in what has come to be regarded as the largest land migration in history. Buck, an award-winning […]

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