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Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

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By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Crafts Schepper, Anna & Lene Schepper. The Art of Paper Weaving: 46 Colorful, Dimensional Projects. Quarry: Quarto. […]

Best Books 2015: Cookbooks


Jaffrey, Madhur. Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking. Knopf. ISBN 9781101874868. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874875. COOKING Miglore, Kristen. Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change The Way You Cook. Ten Speed: Crown. ISBN 9781607747970. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781607747987. COOKING López-Alt, Kenji. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. […]

Best Books 2015: Poetry


Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Four Way. (Stahlecker Selections). ISBN 9781935536659. pap. $15.95. POETRY Brown, Nickole. Fanny Says. BOA Editions. ISBN 9781938160578. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781938160585. POETRY Burnside, John. Black Cat Bone. Graywolf. ISBN 9781555977146. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781555979041. POETRY Herrera, Juan Felipe. Notes on the Assemblage. City Lights. ISBN […]

Best Books 2015: Graphic Novels

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Abel, Jessica (text & illus.). Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio. Broadway: Crown. ISBN 9780385348430. pap. $17. COMMUNICATION/MEDIA Hayden, Jennifer (text & illus.). The Story of My Tits. Top Shelf. ISBN 9781603090544. pap. $29.99. MEMOIR McCloud, Scott (text & illus.). The Sculptor. First Second. ISBN 9781596435735. $29.99. F […]

Best Books 2015: SELF-e


The following are the winners of Library Journal‘s Self-Published Ebook Awards as chosen by a volunteer committee of librarians. The books are hosted on SELF-e, a discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Libraries with a subscription to SELF-e can locate these titles through the site’s search function at […]

Best Books 2015: More of the Best

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Alexander, Elizabeth. The Light of the World: A Memoir. Grand Central. ISBN 9781455599875. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455599851. Memoir A few days after his 50th birthday, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Alexander’s husband of 15 years, collapsed and died while exercising on a treadmill. The poet’s heartfelt memoir is both an eloquent meditation on her grief and loss and […]

Best Books 2015: Top Ten

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Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. Scout: Gallery. ISBN 9781476798172. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476798196. F A house explodes, killing everyone a woman named June holds dear, and as the polished, quietly captivating prose moves back and forth in time and from character to character, Clegg explores how we live with unbearable loss. The different […]

Best Books 2015: Core Nonfiction

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By Elizabeth Nelson (business), Liz French (consumer health), Derek Sanderson & Erin Shea (memoir), Stephanie Sendaula (religion & spirituality), and Henrietta Verma (sci-tech). business Bernanke, Ben S. The Courage To Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath. Norton. ISBN 9780393247213. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780393247220. ECON Bock, Laszlo. Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google […]

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

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African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Holmes, Shannon. Caught Up. Infamous: Akashic. ISBN 9781617753756. $23.95; pap. ISBN 9781617753749. $9.95. F Mello, Deborah Fletcher. Playing for Keeps. Dafina: Kensington. (Sultry Southern Nights). ISBN 9781617737787. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781617737794. F Murray, Victoria […]

Best Books 2015: Romance


Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer par excellence Kristin Ramsdell rolls out the Top Ten Best Romances of 2015