Magazine Vital Signs: Best Magazines of 2012

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The best magazines launched in 2012 include one sport magazine, a travel magazine, two in the lifestyle genre, an art journal, and five literary magazines. None this year are strictly online; all are available in print.

Best Reference of 2012 (Including Best Free Reference)

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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.

Goodbye 2012: Terrific Story Collections and Small-Press Bests

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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 […]

Best Books 2012: Top Ten

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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 […]

Best Media 2012: Best Video Games

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It was a relatively quiet year for video games, but there were some real gems. These five games suggested by gaming columnist M. Brandon Robbins will make fine additions to your shelf or public access computers, as they offer superior game play that challenges gamers’ strategic and creative-thinking skills and are shining examples of exemplary […]

Best Media 2012: Best Music

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Music fans have been blasted between the ears with digital for years, but in 2012 vinyl and, even more remarkably, cassettes began rising from the ashes to again find a small but solid handhold. Music for the Masses headliner Matthew Moyer has kept librarians well apprised of these developments in his unique columns and Q&As. […]

Best Media 2012: Best Audiobooks–Reviewers’ Picks

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As the fading embers of 2012 went cold, book lovers digested LJ’s many best-of lists. While print is the main course, there are scrumptious multimedia goodies to feast on as well—and dessert is the best part of the meal! LJ again polled its audiobook reviewers for the best fiction and nonfiction listens. Fiction Barry, Dave […]

Best Media 2012: Best Audiobooks–Editor’s Picks

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In addition to assigning and editing the audiobook reviews, Media Editor Michael Rogers is himself a prolific audiobook reviewer with eclectic tastes. Along with the reviewer picks above, he offers his personal favorites from the year that was. Fiction Hubbard, L. Ron. Hell’s Legionnaire. Galaxy Audio. ISBN 9781592122622. $9.95. F Galaxy released a handful of […]

Best Media 2012: Best Video

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Old wine in new bottles is a recurring theme in LJ film reviewer/Fast Scans columnist and DVD sommelier Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list, as restored versions of older films—many debuting on Blu-ray—make up an increasingly larger part of the year’s top 20 discs. Classic Film The Gold Rush. 2 discs. b/w. 72/88+ min. Charlie […]

Best Books 2012: More of the Best

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After LJ’s editors chose our Top Ten of the year, we still some had titles we felt strongly about. Here are 16 more can’t-miss books from 2012. Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Crown. ISBN 9780307352149. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307452207. PSYCH This book makes me want to […]

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