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Revolutionary Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Every year about this time, a desire for history and context about the founding of our nation bubbles forth. Satisfy readers with these five titles. And have a Happy 4th

Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

Caption here on images from the Town Hall meeting. At top, Nesbitt and Hoffert listen as Robert Hubsher from Ramapo Catskill Library System makes a point. Next, close view of Nesbitt, who stepped in last minute to lead the meeting. Other shots show crowd involvement and approval. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, […]

First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

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  The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]

On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

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The WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat…

Will the Real Christian Grey, Please Stand Up? | Beyond Fifty Shades

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EL James does Grey one better with her new tale from Christian’s perspective

Bondage Bites | Erotica Reviews, July 2015

This month we’re exploring sexy stories wherein characters are pushed to the limit, with some loving every minute of it.

Trends, Traditions, Tastes | Middle Eastern Cooking Reviews, July 2015

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Emphasizing recency and broad appeal, this list of materials will meet the practical needs of cooks and provide signposts for readers who’d like to contextualize their Middle Eastern cooking through additional study. The recommended DVDs highlight differences in how foods are prepared and eaten in the Middle East versus the United States and touch on heated debates regarding the origins of popular foods.

Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

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Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. Here’s a sample of what I saw.

Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Gertrude Bell of Arabia, Richard III, Tahrir Square 2011, Gaming Theory, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Excerpts from Bell’s more than 16,000 letters and eight books; a series of daring personal essays on the current state of video game culture and the industry it came from; Patience & Fortitude at the New York Public Library