E-Originals from Armstrong, Harris, Platt, and Sands | Xpress Reviews

This close-proximity M/M tale is indeed hot; fans of new adult romance will sweep this up, as will readers with a heart for the friends-to-lovers angle; Platt’s Regency turns up the heat on the battlefield and in the bedroom; this sexy sequel sets the scene for the rest of the series

Ordering à la Carte | Memoir

Five memoirs reflect the delightful miscellany of summer, for those who are not in the mood for any one thing, but ravenous for variety.

Top Story Collections: A Quintet of Award-Winning Women Authors

It is difficult to single out a few stories in a collection as good as Hadley’s; Hall deserves a closer look for her beguiling collection; Hunt admirers will find much to love; Lively’s gifts have only ripened with age; if readers are meeting Simpson for the first time, these engaging selections are an excellent place to begin

Comics Cross Over | Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels

In our Genre Spotlight, the most exciting new offerings in graphic novels don’t conform easily to expectations.

Coming of Age in Apartheid-era South Africa | Debut Spotlight

South African–born, Toronto-based first novelist Bianca Marais’s Hum If You Don’t Know the Words tells the absorbing coming-of-age story of nine-year-old Robin Conrad. Living as a young white girl in Apartheid-era South Africa, Robin forms a new family after losing her own.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Literary Finds | BookExpo 2017

The ninth annual edition of the ever-popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share @BookExpo panel featured a mix of first-time and veteran librarian shouters with surprisingly little overlap. If there was one big book of the show that all the participants could agree on, it was A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

Nina George | LibraryReads Author Spotlight

Nina George’s The Little French Bistro conveys the mysteries of life and love through the inter­actions among the inhabitants of that small Breton town. A resident of both Berlin and Brittany, George graciously answered a few questions LJ posed to her via email.

Geniuses & Gods, Podcasts & Presidents, “Mene” Moms, & More | What We’re Reading & Watching

Books, movies, TV…it’s not quite enough for the LJ/School Library Journal “What We’re Reading & Watching” team. Now we add podcasts and menus to the menu.

The First Amendment Resistance Presented By Pen America | Book Expo 2017

Activists, journalists, authors, lawyers, and a Gamergate survivor discussed First Amendment Resistance at a Pen America-sponsored panel.