Military Technothrillers: These 11 Titles Show the Genre Is Alive and Well

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This summer’s abundant crop of debut novels and series titles draws on new threats to America’s interests, including the rise of religious extremism.

Rob Doyle | Debut Spotlight, August 2015

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Rob Doyle is a reader’s writer. His riveting debut novel, Here Are the Young Men, has the potential to become a contemporary classic.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | LJ Review

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Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9781594634710. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698408319. Self-help Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, aims to encourage lives more strongly driven by curiosity than by fear. Having the courage to do that, says the author, will lead to an enchanted existence. Readers start the process by daily […]

From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

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What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their broadcast and cinematic counterparts.

Careful, You’re Being Watched: Surveillance & Privacy | Collection Development, August 2015

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With ongoing revelations about activities of the National Security Agency, citizens need to know as much as they can about privacy and how surveillance is now a part of everyone’s life. These 28 sources should shed some light on the matter.

Updraft by Fran Wilde | LJ Review

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Wilde, Fran. Updraft. Tor. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9780765377838. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858206. SF On the eve of the wing test that will finally allow her to take her place alongside her mother as a trader between the towers, Kirit Densira breaks tower law and attracts a skymouth. In a panic, she finds an unexpected skill: her voice […]

Stagg vs. The Birth of Cutthroat Football by John Kryk | LJ Review

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Kryk, John. Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015. 360p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781442248250. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781442248267. SPORTS Using archival materials, Kryk (Natural Enemies) chronicles the lives of two pioneering coaches: the University of Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost (1871–1946) and the University of ­Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862–1965). While […]

Biology, July 2015 | Best Sellers

Biology, July 2015 | Best Sellers

No Comfort for the Lost: A Mystery of Old San Francisco by Nancy Herriman | LJ Review

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LJ’s starred review of Nancy Herriman’s No Comfort for the Lost.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg | LJ Review

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Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 944p. ISBN 9780385353779. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353786. F This epic, well-written, and highly entertaining first novel is set in New York City from around Christmas 1976 to the blackout of July 1977. Years earlier, wealthy widower William Hamilton-Sweeney had become engaged to a woman whose wheeler-dealer […]