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Best Media 2016: Music

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Music columnists Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple score their Top Five albums of 2016, which include artists Beyoncé, Nick Cave, and Bruno Mars, along with a slew of Honorable Mentions to keep users glued to their devices. Will we ever see the end of Hamilton?

Best Media 2016: Audiobooks

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We thank our hardworking reviewers for coming up with a list of the top 20 audiobooks of the year, among them Tracy Chevalier’s hard-hitting At the Edge of the Orchard and Helen Oyeyemi’s interconnected tales in What Is Not Your Is Not Yours, as well as Jennifer Boylan’s story of her transition, She’s Not There, with an afterword written and read by Richard Russo, and Matthew Desmond’s LJ Top Ten Best Book Evicted, about precarious housing in Milwaukee.

Best Media 2016: DVDs

LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick rounds up his favorite discs in a varied list that necessarily omits streaming-only titles from Netflix, Amazon, et al., and primarily favors recent releases over titles originally shown in the prior calendar year. Documentaries are limited to popular programs in lieu of arguably more worthy educational material. The biggest takeaway this year? Sixteen-plus hours—two miniseries—devoted to O.J. Simpson.

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.

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. […]

Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss

Best Media 2014: Best Video Games

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The best video games of 2014, chosen by LJ’s gaming columnist, M. Brandon Robbins

Best Media 2014: Best Music

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The 2014 mainstream and under-the-radar music chosen by Steve Kemple and Matthew Moyer