Benjamin Johncock | Debut Spotlight, September 15, 2015


LJ talks to British author Benjamin Johncock, whose debut novel, The Last Pilot, is a fascinating look at the American space race, beginning in the late 1940s and covering up to the lunar orbit of ­Apollo 8 in 1968.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 15, 2015


From art instruction to photographic masterworks, check out the humanities. Build gingerbread houses, learn cooking the easy way from Bittman. Discover the Churchills, take in Germany, indulge in a little Self-Help and Professional Weeding

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 15, 2015


Fiction debuts from FitzHenry, Giuffre, and Kingsnorth, plus another winner from veteran Irving; important world fiction; larger-than-life graphic novels from Remender/Tocchini; Cho’s SF Debut of the Month, plus new Series Lineup

Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League by César Brioso | LJ Review

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Brioso, César. Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League. Univ. Pr. of Florida. Sept. 2015. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780813061160. $24.95. SPORTS Baseball’s landmark year was 1947—that was when Jackie Robinson integrated the National League and, later in the season, Larry Doby became the American League’s first black player with the Cleveland […]

Editors’ Fall 2015 Picks


These approaching releases are grabbing the LJ review editors’ attention and are great bets for your patrons as the daylight grows shorter and the air more chilly.

What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan | LJ Review

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Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]

Nonfiction on God Anxiety, Novice Sailing, the Bible in American Life, Lamentations | Xpress Reviews


Lots of discussion of religion: the fear of God is not a freak of Christianity; an important analysis the Roman Catholic Church in the modern world; the role and use of the Bible over the course of America’s early years; Lamentations

Graphic Novels: Bajram, Gaiman, Hardman, Lemire, Marchetto, Murakami & Tanaka | Xpress Reviews


Military sf in cinematic quality, a provocative read with a few gems to admire, a fantastically sordid mystery, for those who thoroughly enjoy convoluted time traveling, a classic second-chance story repackaged in a smart and evocative way, a passable jumping-off point biography

Music and Art, September 2015 | Best Sellers

December 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Fiction from Alexander and Minier, and Debuter Barnes | Xpress Reviews


An enjoyable historical murder mystery that will please Alexander’s existing fans, a completely original twist on the subject of insomnia from debut novelist Barnes, and another absorbing thriller from best seller Minier