See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests Bagge, Peter (text & illus.). Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. Drawn & Quarterly. ISBN 9781770461260. $21.95. BIOG Margaret Sanger’s crusade for reliable contraception changed the modern world. She established the use of birth control in the United States, founded the organizations that would later form Planned Parenthood, and [...]
Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) ranks as one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems. And it’s no wonder—the staff at CCPL strives to create an atmosphere where readers can enjoy fantastic collections and services. In keeping with this column’s tradition of asking librarians to discuss the books that meant the most to [...]
By Mahnaz Dar, Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Margaret Heilbrun, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Annalisa Pesek, Henrietta Thornton-Verma, & Wilda Williams Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316176484. $27.99. F Atkinson’s risk taking pays off in a novel that persuasively presents alternate versions of a single life. An English girl born in [...]
By Mahnaz Dar, Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Margaret Heilbrun, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Annalisa Pesek, Henrietta Thornton-Verma, & Wilda Williams THE TITLES CHOSEN BY LJ’s REVIEWS EDITORS AS THE Top Ten of 2013 together form a picture of humanity’s struggle against injustices great and small but also kept us up late turning the pages. In [...]
There are dozens of the year’s best reference titles, but for sheer labors of love, winners this year are Louisiana Place Names, the entries of which were collected over a lifetime by Clare D’Artois Leeper, who died shortly before this was published by LSU Press, and Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera from University of Guelph entomologist Stephen A. Marshall, who displays the world’s fly families in 2,200 stunning color photographs from Firefly Books. Find those and many more, including Best Free Reference sources of 2012.
So many eye-popping short story collections, so many revelatory small-press literary novels, and such little space on those end-of-the-year Best lists. Fortunately, I have a venue for featuring Best Indie Novels and Best Stories Collections of 2012, which you’ll find presented below. In addition, since I get far too much good material throughout the year [...]
When LJ’s book review editors gathered to choose best books recently, a controversy emerged. Some of us were stumping for titles—Eloisa James’s Paris in Love, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things—that were, at least in part, previously published on the web. But should they qualify for our august [...]