An Extraordinary Journey, Inside Military Culture, Teenage Homelessness, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A resounding performance of a strong woman surviving all that life can throw at her; an intimate look at military culture; a moving portrait of teenage homelessness that deserves to be viewed by a very wide audience.

Graphic Novels from Birmant & Oubrerie and Seaton & Palas | Xpress Reviews

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Welcome to the bohemian hothouse of fin de siècle Paris and urban superheroics with an occult fantasy vibe

Engineering & Technology, June 2015 | Best Sellers

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E-Originals from Clark, McGinnis, and Wylie, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Romantic suspense at every turn; delayed gratification and the consequent lack of hanky-panky; Jess and Cole’s romance is sweet, gentle, and worth the read; a debut novel full of Southern charm; light sexual content and a feel-good message

Churches, Houses, Songs, Choices | What We’re Reading

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In the hours and days after the hellish events in Charleston, SC, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang how they’re handling the aftermath of the racist attack, and of course, what they’re reading. Here are some of the LJ/School Library Journal staffers’ coping and reading strategies. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ Reviews This week, […]

A New Adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, two magicians lead me down a winding path.

The Immigrant Experience | Day of Dialog 2015

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The afternoon of Day of Dialog, an all-day event held by LJ on Wednesday, May 27, at New York University’s Kimmel Center, saw the full-capacity crowd settle in to hear from writers whose work touches on the immigrant experience. Moderated by LJ’s Stephanie Sendaula, the panel featured Vanessa Diffenbaugh (We Never Asked for Wings, Ballantine, […]

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog 2015

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From a double biography of two of the 20th century’s most famous women (Karin Wieland’s Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, Liveright: Norton, Oct.) to an ambitious 900-page debut novel set in 1970s New York City (Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, Knopf, Oct.), many of the key forthcoming fall […]

Doing and Reading | French on Fridays

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This week I was all set to talk about Chevy Stevens’s Those Girls (St. Martin’s), which I just finished (lots and lots of brutality and violence but still a damn good story) and the surprise and delight I experienced upon discovering that hey, not only is Karen White savvy and smart about marketing and a […]

Liars, a Gunfighter, Adolescent Arms Dealers, and More | Books for Dudes

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June’s BFD column includes some truly great fiction plus hardcore summertime hammock-worthy nonfiction.