Haunting Halloween Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2015


Looking for some new voices in horror to suggest to patrons this Halloween? Here are six satisfyingly scary recent debuts that showcase the vibrant state of today’s horror.

LibraryReads October 2015

city on fire

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, a 900-page debut mystery set in 1970s New York City, tops this month’s list of new books that librarians are enjoying. This list also features some welcome nonfiction—Roberta Kaplan’s Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, and Barry Moser’s memoir We Were Brothers. Interested […]

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015


Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread…and Harlequin | In the Bookroom


Vintages by Harlequin™, a line of varietals in collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), poured out to readers today

Audiobook from Kardos | Xpress Reviews


Kardos’s latest is not quite compelling, not very suspenseful, but still enough fun, especially with Julia Whelan’s excellent narration

Graphic Novels from Dixon & Kwapisz and Thompson & McClaren | Xpress Reviews


Civil War buffs might find Civil War Adventure a worthwhile read; Thompson and McClaren’s provocative premise and popular art style that will attract readers, yet few will gain real satisfaction here

Fiction from Arlidge and Cullen, and Debuter Critchley | Xpress Reviews


Arlidge delivers on the promise of the first Helen Grace thriller with Pop Goes the Weasel; Critchley’s debut is utterly readable, swiftly entertaining, and at moments blackly funny; fans of historical fiction and biographies will enjoy Cullen’s novel about Mark Twain

E-Originals from Anderson, Arthur, Astres, and Brown | Xpress Reviews


A slower build to the end would have helped Anderson’s latest, Arthur wraps up the “Restoration” trilogy; Astres is recommended for readers who enjoy unabashed sexual indulgence, settle in and be rescued by Brown’s great story