Genre Fiction

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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

A Little Respect & Romance | African American Fiction (and More)


For years Sister Souljah, the queen of urban fiction, has planted in our conscience that women should always be respected, a theme that she explores once again in her new novel.  Still there’s a place this month for Deborah Fletcher Mello’s old-fashioned romance with a serious twist that will lift readers’ emotions. It’s my pick […]

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog 2015

City on Fire

From a double biography of two of the 20th century’s most famous women (Karin Wieland’s Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, Liveright: Norton, Oct.) to an ambitious 900-page debut novel set in 1970s New York City (Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, Knopf, Oct.), many of the key forthcoming fall […]

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates


Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)


Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction


The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)


Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Best Books 2014: E-Originals


From dystopian sf, vampire stories, and Indian culture clashes to intergalactic adventures, a very hot fantasy, tortured heroes and heroines, and military romance, the best ebooks offer a rich and deep well of reading enjoyment

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

An untamed state

The best books of the year, as chosen by LJ’s review editors, in the case of the top ten and the best of the rest, and by our reviewers and columnists, in the case of genre fiction and nonfiction. A fully annotated version of these lists will appear in upcoming LJReviews enewsletters and in the December issue of LJ.