Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

LJ Talks to Daniel Mendelsohn

Author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn’s literary memoir An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic tells at least two stories. At 81, Mendelsohn’s father, a retired research scientist, decided to sit in on his literature professor son’s Odyssey seminar at Bard College. After that, the father-son duo retraced Odysseus’s route on a Mediterranean sea cruise.

There’s Always Room for Creativity: 13 Craft/DIY Books

Creative women offering tips on forming a comfortable, welcoming home; simple, easy-to-memorize, basic stitch patterns; and fun, playful, and unexpectedly painterly crayon drawing; whatever you are in the mood to create, you have come to the right place

LJ Reference | Review Alert, September 1, 2017

The Ancient World will be helpful to high school and undergraduate students; a terrific starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about The Vietnam War; for adult fans of all things werewolf, there’s The Werewolf Filmography; plus six databases and websites that will be of use to academic and public libraries

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, September 1, 2017

A journey well worth taking, Hirschfeld‘s world traverses Moscow, Paris, and Hollywood; entertaining and exhilarating, Schlesinger will appeal mostly to historians but also be enjoyed by popular history readers; six titles to aid in the fight against breast cancer; Soonish technology that is decidedly nonacademic in the best way

Music & Art, August 2017 | Best Sellers

November 2016 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

Cobra Art: An International Influence

With an exhaustive bibliography, Cobra: A History of a European Avant-Garde Movement is essential for curators and art historians. The more succinct but smart and informative Avant-garde Won’t Give Up is recommended both for arts professionals and general readers.

Impressive Art: From Monet to Sisley

A great welcome back to Alfred Sisley, an exceptional, if sometimes neglected, impressionist painter; a quirky volume best suited to academic and museum libraries with deep collections on 19th-century Europe

Poetry Beyond the Basics: Twelve New Collections Offer Fresh Perspective on the Human Experience

Derr-Smith uses an intently packed, beautifully crafted pile-up of images to explore a rural Southern upbringing—highly recommended; gemlike poems from Mohabir will reward many readers and surprise not a few; fervent reading about the urban Hispanic experience—for all readers; Sealey explores issues of race, gender, and sexuality in poems whose fluid, wide-open style belies their grit

First and Ten: Top Football Titles for Summer and Fall

This year’s annual roundup of forthcoming football titles includes historical works, autobiographies, and retrospectives on the current game. Some focus on the quarterback position, others on successful coaching programs, and one on football in pop culture.