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LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

Fan Favorites and Promising Newcomers | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction fan favorites Ni-Ni Simone and De’Nesa Diamond return, but librarians will also want to watch promising debut authors Ginger McKnight-Chavers and Stephen Mack Jones.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

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The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.

Graphic Novels from Fletcher, Wu, & Co.; Morrison, Burnham, & others; and Sejic | Xpress Reviews

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This work from Fletcher breathes new life into Black Canary, mature fans of the genre looking for something deeper will most appreciate Nameless, Sejic seems well equipped with talent and skills to become a lasting success

Still Evolving | Best Magazines 2015

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Format shifts and strategic moves are all proof of a continually evolving magazine market. Print is not going away, but publishers’ growth opportunities are largely digital.

Best Databases | Best Reference 2015

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Cheryl LaGuardia and Bonnie Swoger round up the best databases

Best Free Reference | Best Reference 2015

The best free reference resources online

Best Print Reference | Best Reference 2015

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The best print reference resources of 2015

The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

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Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Best Books 2015: Religion & Spirituality

religion/spirituality McGrath, Alister. The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith, and God. St. Martin’s. ISBN 9781250077929. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781466890244. REL In recent years, there have been numerous books on the relationship between science and religion; many have been written by new atheists, who not only reject religion but do so […]