Joy Williams, Deanna Raybourn, & Yasmine Galenorn | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Fiction

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Adelman, Michelle. Piece of Mind. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681680026. Read by Tavia Gilbert. At 27, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had […]

Martin Luther, the Silk Roads, & the Inner Lives of Teenage Girls | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Nonfiction

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Booker, Cory. United. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101926666. Reader TBA. United States Senator Booker sounds a stirring call to reorient our civic discourse around the principles of empathy and solidarity. Telling candid, inspiring stories from his life and career, and imparting lessons learned from people who motivated him to serve, he speaks of rising above […]

Being Gender Fluid, Time Travel, & Loving the Boy Next Door | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Young Adult

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Bao, Karen. Dove Exiled. Listening Library. ISBN 9780147525857. Read by Kim Mai Guest. Gr 9 Up–Hiding in plain sight with her friend Wes’s family on the drowned planet Earth, Phaet discovers the rugged beauty of the world her ancestors once called home. All her life, she’s been taught to fear the “Earthbound,” and their generosity […]

Alexander Chee, Joshilyn Jackson, & Debuts To Watch | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Barton, Fiona. The Widow. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780147525192. Read by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, Jayne Entwistle, Steve West, & Mandy Williams. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living […]

Watch the Gettsburg Address, Go Inside a Painting, & Tour with a Boy Band | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Middle Grade

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Bosch, Pseudonymous. Bad Luck. (Bad Magic, Bk. 2). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478910572. Read by Aaron Landon. Gr 3-7–At Earth Ranch, things can get a little magical (some might say strange). Intrepid readers will discover a runaway boy, fishy cruise ship, strange cave paintings, dragon-like footprints, and other mysteries that Clay and his friends need to solve.  […]

Learning To Love Slime Mold | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Early Elementary

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Duddle, Jonny. The Jonny Duddle Extravaganza. Brilliance. ISBN 9781489025234. Read by Rupert Degas. PreS-Gr 2–This collection features the following adventures: “The Pirate Cruncher”: A mysterious old pirate tells a tavern of salty seadogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. But once they set sail, he also mentions that it is guarded by the terrible Pirate […]

Best Media 2015: Music

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The cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton is easily the album of the year, selected (and rhapsodically described) by both LJ music contributors Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple as an essential library purchase. Their other selections include pop, rock, classical, jazz, and more.     Robin Bradford Halestorm. Into the Wild Life. Atlantic. I just […]

Best Media 2015: Video Games

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It’s been another great year for gaming. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 hit their stride in earnest, the Wii U proved to be the little console that could, and the PC continued to be the premier platform for innovative indie titles. Here’s how to spend this year’s money updating your circulating games collection and […]

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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lj ljThis year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Spoken Word Grammy Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced today. The spoken word category, which includes poetry, audiobooks, and storytelling, includes memoirs read by the authors and novels read by celebrities. The winner will be revealed during the Grammy Awards broadcast on Feb. 15, 2016. Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. S. & […]