Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

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December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

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 Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

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By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Gregory helps readers take back a little time for art-making in their lives by offering ample short […]

Best Books 2015: Cookbooks

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Jaffrey, Madhur. Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking. Knopf. ISBN 9781101874868. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874875. COOKING Jaffrey made multiple trips to India to collect the 200-plus vegetarian recipes presented here. Successfully translated for home cooks, they feature extraordinary variety. Highly recommended for vegetarians and Indian food enthusiasts. (LJ 8/1/15) Miglore, […]

Best Books 2015: Poetry

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Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Four Way. (Stahlecker Selections). ISBN 9781935536659. pap. $15.95. POETRY From juvenile defender in adult prison to award-winning poet to Yale law student, Betts has had an extraordinary life. And this arresting new collection reveals an extraordinary writer. Elegiac in tone, it tracks his life and that of […]

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 […]