#Ownvoices | Collection Development: Race, Diversity, & Society

The complexity, history, and nuances of race in America mean a wealth of material could be identified as essential. A recent explosion of titles plus classics document the multiplicity of the American experience.

Top Story Collections: A Quintet of Award-Winning Women Authors

It is difficult to single out a few stories in a collection as good as Hadley’s; Hall deserves a closer look for her beguiling collection; Hunt admirers will find much to love; Lively’s gifts have only ripened with age; if readers are meeting Simpson for the first time, these engaging selections are an excellent place to begin

Comics Cross Over | Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels

In our Genre Spotlight, the most exciting new offerings in graphic novels don’t conform easily to expectations.

Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Nina George | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Nina George’s The Little French Bistro conveys the mysteries of life and love through the inter­actions among the inhabitants of that small Breton town. A resident of both Berlin and Brittany, George graciously answered a few questions LJ posed to her via email.

Fiction: Beattie, Brookmyre, Conroy, DePalo, the Hammers, James, MacColl, Moggach, Waters, More | Xpress Reviews

A medieval tale; Beattie’s welcome stories; Jack Parlabane races against the clock; Conroy’s impressive literary fiction; DePalo hits a lot of right notes; a solid Scandinavian noir; Holohan’s debut is elegantly written; Conroy is totally satisfying; MacColl’s historical fiction is a perfect fit; a darker Moggach; a heaping dose of scientific and historical intrigue; and overpowering pieces from Waters

A Reading Checklist: Sizzling New Summer Fiction, plus Old Favorites

Summer reading isn’t just for children! Escape into a great book with these suggestions from members of the 2017–18 American Library ­Association (ALA) RUSA/CODES Reading List Council. There’s something for every reader in the eight genres the list recognizes—adrenaline, fantasy, horror, historical, mystery, romance, sf, and women’s fiction.

The Second Time Around | Day of Dialog 2017

Five authors discuss the ups and downs of writing a second novel.

LJ Fiction Reviews: June 15, 2017

While Lee’s series offers plenty of gripping space opera action, the real pleasure is the inventive worldbuilding; this addictive story from the legendary Jo Beverley overflows with intrigue and breathtaking ardor; Adebayo’s work makes a blazing entry onto the list of talented, upcoming writers from Nigeria