In the Bookroom

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Miss Silver, Ms. Bolton, Ms. Adichie, & Shaun the Sheep | What We’re Reading

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Three books and one nearly wordless movie in this week’s “What We’re Reading (Watching)” column!

2015 Hugo Awards: Diversity Wins, Sad Puppies Lose

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In an interesting twist to this year’s Hugo Awards controversy, a best-selling Chinese work of hard sf that was added to the final ballot after another nominee withdrew his book from consideration took the top prize at the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, held in Spokane, WA.Translated for the first time into English by Hugo […]

Rescued by Dogs | French on Fridays

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Dog books are helping me get through the dog days of summer.

Recommended, Commended, & Unrecommended | What We’re Reading

The Bees

The LJ/School Library Journal/Junior Library Guild staff is taking and making recommendations this week, with hive fiction, stalker stories, diversified heroines, L.A. hippies, women soldiers, faux-academic footnotes, and scrumptiously short stories.

Energy & Empathy | French on Fridays

Just Mercy

I found a real-life lawyer I admire!

LAPL Launches Indie California, powered by SELF-e

“I’m just as excited about people submitting their life stories, and the library having a role as a memory-keeper for L.A’s history, diversity and communities.” John Szabo, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

Va- and Stay-cation Books | What We’re Reading

Mycroft Holmes

The “What We’re Reading” gang is going clear, fighting racial bias, forming friendships, drooling over maps, plotting poisoning, sleuthing with Mycroft, steampunking, time-traveling, and grabbing the tissues this week.

Eli Gottlieb | LibraryReads Author, August 2015

Best Boy

“I hope this novel can help contribute to a discussion of otherness in general and of humanizing that which we often regard as alien: the disabled, autistics, schizophrenics…its main purpose is finally to engage and to hold the reader inside a world.”

Rob Doyle | Debut Spotlight, August 2015

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Rob Doyle is a reader’s writer. His riveting debut novel, Here Are the Young Men, has the potential to become a contemporary classic.

Mystery and More: Kate Morton’s Carefully Structured The Lake House Has Broad Appeal

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History, mystery, a split yet deftly interlocking time frame, the complexities of family, the sweep of England’s grand country homes—of course it’s a Kate Morton novel.