Best Media 2014: Best Video

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Digitally restored classic films—domestic and foreign—and television miniseries, especially crime dramas, reign amid fewer but notable documentaries in LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list.

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

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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: More of the Best

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ALL BEST BOOKS 2014 ARTICLES:Best Books 2014: Top TenBest Books 2014: More of the BestBest Books 2014: Genre Fiction Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction Best Books 2014: Graphic Novels Best Books 2014: E-Originals Best Books 2014: Romance Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Harper. ISBN 9780062092892. $27.99, ebk. […]

Best Databases 2014

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This year’s best database roundup, as nominated by LJ’s readers, includes an intriguing mix of the tried-and-true as well as upstarts on their way to finding a place in all librarians’ toolkits. The members of our profession have always welcomed fresh ways of finding information and helping patrons, and the resources listed below offer useful, absorbing, and in some cases attractive avenues to explore along with some new ways to assist.

Best Books 2014: Top Ten

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By Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Amanda Mastrull, Annalisa Pesek, Stephanie Sendaula, Henrietta Verma, and Wilda Williams I hope you’re ready to drop everything and read, because this year’s top ten best books are some of the most immersive and memorable we’ve seen in a long time. Take Roxane Gay’s An Untamed […]

Best Books 2014: E-Originals

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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

Best Books 2014: Romance

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Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer Kristin Ramsdell puts the Top Ten Best Romance of 2014 in perspective

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

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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.

Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

A Multiplicity of Realms | SF/Fantasy Genre Spotlight

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Growing diversity in source material, subgenres, and even publishing models expands the universe of speculative fiction.

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