Liz French

About Liz French

Library Journal Senior Editor Liz French edits nonfiction and women's fiction reviews at LJ and also compiles the "What We're Reading" and "Classic Returns" columns for LJ online. She's inordinately interested in what you're reading as well. Email:, Twitter: @lizefrench

Family Matters | French on Fridays


I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.

Match Books | French on Fridays

I’m sad and happy all at once—surely you know that feeling—to bid farewell to several coworkers and “What We’re Reading” contributors. Ashleigh Williams left a week ago and there’s a hole in the heart of the SLJ/LJ bookroom. She shared many great WWR blurbs during her time as SLJ, and I will miss that. Then […]

Books & Not Books | What We’re Reading


I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal and Junior Library Guild about their favorite animal books last week, having discovered a reprint of British illustrator Lucy Dawson’s delightful 1936 title Dogs As I See Them (HarperDesign). The response on the pets front was, shall we say, muzzled (except for Henrietta Verma—thank you!), but as […]

Sit. Stay. Read. | French on Fridays


Going to the dogs once again with a 70-year-old celebration of the canine.

Bound Up in Books | What We’re Reading


The LJ/SLJ WWR gang joins book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith in contemplating books and their covers.

Beautiful Books | Classic Returns


Books of art, design, dressmaking, and beauty rule this edition of LJ’s “Classic Returns” column.

Covering the Classics: Q&A with Book Designer Coralie Bickford-Smith | Classic Returns


A Q&A with award-winning book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Miss Silver, Ms. Bolton, Ms. Adichie, & Shaun the Sheep | What We’re Reading


Three books and one nearly wordless movie in this week’s “What We’re Reading (Watching)” column!

Rescued by Dogs | French on Fridays


Dog books are helping me get through the dog days of summer.