Beyond the Comfort Zone | Memoir

This month, we review four memoirs that travel beyond the authors’ comfort zones.

More Best of the Year | Book Pulse

More best of the year picks arrive and Hannah Kent’s debut novel is set to become a movie.

Voices To Be Heard: Celebrate Black Women All Yearlong with These Noteworthy Titles

An essential collection for readers and students of black history and literature; an ambitious, electrifying memoir; a bawdy, laugh-out-loud tell-all with a liberal dose of heart; a much-needed addition to the endless catalog of celebrity memoirs; highly recommended for those interested in race, ethnicity, and social commentary

A Dictionary Gets a Makeover | Behind the Book

Francesca Sterlacci and Joanne Arbuckle are coauthors of Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry (Rowman & ­Littlefield). The first edition of the dictionary was published in 2007 and the second this past July.

More 2017 Books Worth Your While | The Readers’ Shelf

What do book award chairs read during their off time? Below, the members of the American Library Association’s CODES awards share some personal favorites.

Indulge Your Readers’ Passions | Romance Reviews

What Is It About a Duke? Despite the rarity in real life of the existence of dukes, as well as other nobles, they are alive, well, and constantly multiplying on the pages of popular historical romances—especially those set during the 19th century. If your readers’ passions run toward high-ranking title-holders, check out the works below.

LJ Talks to Joseph Cassara | Debut Spotlight

The great gift of Joseph Cassara’s debut novel, The House of Impossible Beauties is his describing so acutely a little-portrayed community—queer people of color—in luxurious, gorgeously inflected language embodying gracefully intercut portraits to illuminating effect.

Book the Golden Globes | Book Pulse

The Golden Globes celebrate books as well as film and TV and a breakout short story published in The New Yorker has a lot of people talking.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien and Signal Loss by Garry Disher lead holds this week, People picks their best books of the year, and four new book-based film trailers arrive.

RA Back Pocket: Nonfiction | Wyatt’s World

This year saw nonfiction that shaped the national conversation and revealed historical crimes. Here are a few examples to suggest—all of which can be considered key titles for the collection.