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 Abel reports with visual finesse the complicated creative process behind public radio journalism. Drawing on research and interviews relating to Snap Judgment and seven other shows, she illustrates how ideas, […]

Best Books 2015: SELF-e

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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 Bernanke, chair of the Federal Reserve from 2006 […]

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 Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

Best Books 2015: Romance

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

Best Books 2015: E-Originals

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With the rise of digital-only imprints from traditional publishers added to the indie and self-pub offerings, the world of e-originals is wide open. See our Best E-Originals of the year

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

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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 […]

The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries