Cuyahoga County PL’s Librarians’ Favorites of 2013

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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 […]

Best Books 2013: More of the Best

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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 […]

Best Books 2013: Top Ten

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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 […]

Best Databases 2013

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Old favorites and shiny new toys make this year’s list of the best databases for your library.

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 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 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 […]

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