High-Profile Debut Novels: Four Distinctive and Newsworthy Works

Brassingthwaighte draws on his own legal aid work in Cairo to give us an intimate look at the refugee experience; debut novelist and celebrated memoirist Fuller aims to honor the history and culture of the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation; ­Hamilton’s work both informs and humbles; Stansel is spare in language but big in purpose

Opposites Attract | Erotica Reviews

ODD COUPLES This month, we’re exploring the appeal of opposites and the enigmatic laws of attraction.

Summer Escapes: Roll Out the Beach Towel with Some Genre Fiction

Vacation season is approaching, and readers will be contemplating their book lists as carefully as they plan their holidays. To help them find that perfect literary escape, LJ turned to genre fiction columnists and genre experts. Here are their picks for what they anticipate to be hot summer reads.

Intoxicating Reads, Listens, and Views: Begin with Bianca Bosker’s “Cork Dork” | RA Crossroads

As Lewis Carroll’s Alice so aptly points out, “What is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations?” 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, wine leads me down a winding path.

Back to the Basics: Establishing a Good Foundation in Your Library

Tips on developing staff relationships for both managers and individuals in the library, easy to follow guides to technical services, and cataloging information for beginners or someone who needs a quick refresher

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Traveling Through Scotland

Highlighting ancient and modern marvels, cathedrals and train stations, and libraries and museums, these are two must-have books for readers who love Scottish culture and have a urge to travel

On the Vietnam War | History & Literature

Important anniversaries aside, the Vietnam War remains in the news. Witness Ken Burns’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary airing on PBS in September, with Burns and Geoffrey Ward’s The Vietnam War: An Intimate History publishing the same month, and the Vietnam newsletter now being pushed out by the New York Times. Recently announced, Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: […]

Beyond the Battle: Stories from U.S. Navy Men

Two outstanding autobiographies filled with bravery, courage, and first-person accounts of military heroics; readers interested in battlefield narratives will truly enjoy either book

Register for Your BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide

BookExpo America has been rebranded simply BookExpo, taking into account its global nature. But some things never change: you’ll still have thousands of books to consider as you tramp down the aisles and hundreds of authors whose signings you’ll want to pursue. That’s where LJ‘s BookExpo Galley & Signing Guide comes in handy. Top titles, […]

Collection Check for Free Comic Book Day | Wyatt’s World

Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day. Use the occasion to share the riches of graphic novel collections and build patrons’ TBR lists. Here are five essential volumes to have in the stacks or on order.