November 2016 LibraryReads


The November LibraryReads list features a heart-wrenching story from Alice Hoffman about a girl from Long Island who loses her best friend in a car accident and struggles to regain her sense of self. Also included is another installment of the Jack Reacher series from Lee Child; a biography of Queen Victoria by Julia Baird; a rich drama about friendship and music from Zadie Smith, and a powerful new novel from Pulitzer-Prize winner Michael Chabon.

The King’s Legacy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 15, 2016


While sure to be an Elvis fan favorite, this quick read will also appeal to pop culture enthusiasts and designers; Harrison’s book is for die-hard Elvis fans as well as readers curious for insight into the continuing significance of the performer

Fan Favorites and Promising Newcomers | African American Fiction (and More)


Urban fiction fan favorites Ni-Ni Simone and De’Nesa Diamond return, but librarians will also want to watch promising debut authors Ginger McKnight-Chavers and Stephen Mack Jones.

Finalists Announced for National Book Awards 2016


The 20 finalists for the 2016 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature were recently announced by David Haglund, the literary editor of, and Lisa Lucas, the executive director of the National Book Foundation. The announcement was made by The New Yorker via Facebook Live on October 6. The fiction […]

Sophomore Triumphs | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2016


Second novels can be tricky. Will the buzz surrounding a first splash be repeated, or will that sophomore effort turn out to be a one-hit wonder? Here are six titles that shine as much as the debuts that preceded them.

Johansen’s Pick of the Month, Bonesteel, Cain, Itäranta, Liu, Hugo Awards & New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, October 15, 2016


ANOTHER HALLOWEEN season is upon us, and this October brings several frightful treats, including L.X. Cain’s Bloodwalker, S.L. Grey’s The Apartment, and the new anthology Nightmares, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Best Memoir: Our Favorites of 2016, Part 2


A feel-good nonfiction beach read for the athletic and nonathletic alike; essential reading for all parents; beautifully told, Ghost Songs is likely to stay with readers for a long time; Tynan presents universal insight and wit

Q&A: Alexandra Horowitz, Author of Being a Dog


Conducting research and learning how to rely on her own sense of smell, Alexander Horowitz took a nosedive into the canine domain to ­understand a dog’s point of view in her latest book, Being a Dog.

Holiday Stories, Family-Centered Charmers, Paranormal Twists | Romance Reviews, October 15, 2016


IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…. Although as of this writing the days are still warm, the leaves are just starting to turn, and it’s not especially Christmassy outside, the romances crossing my desk tell another story.

Spotlight on Paulette Jiles | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2016


In Paulette Jiles’s luminous new novel, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels the rough roads of northern Texas after the Civil War reading newspapers to paying crowds. As Jiles explained in a phone interview with LJ, “He wanted to move people into the wonderful world of imagination we all need, which he brings to people under the guise of news.”