Dads, Death, Disasters, Drinking | Memoir

This Is Only a Test

November’s memoir picks are a bit of a hodgepodge perhaps, but also a fine slice of contemporary American memoir.

Survival Skills, Music Conservation, Parrots of the Wild, & More | Reference Short Takes, November 1, 2015


Emerson offers a solid (if scary) addition to the survival guide collections, an uplifting compendium for larger New Age collections, important knowledge from an expert on early musical instruments, a rich study of “the most human of birds”

Emptying the Dump Truck | Charleston Conference 2015

Creative upcycling

On Friday, November 6, at the Charleston Conference, Robert Weaver, Collection Management Librarian at Liberty University, Virginia’s Jerry Falwell Library, presented what was perhaps the most actionable information of the conference. In an unfortunately poorly attended program called “Emptying the Dump Truck,” Weaver outlined, from personal experience, what to do when your library is offered a large donation.

Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews


Documentary about romance writers and readers premiers this week in New York at the DOC NYC festival; catch it on November 19 at the IFC Theater

Ancient Rome | LJ Reviews


SPQR is a must-read for fans of classical studies and strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in history. Fans of Roman history will certainly want to read Dynasty; it’s tone will also appeal to lovers of historical fiction

Diverse Heroes, New Series: Seventeen Graphic Novels for February, Black History Month


Long live the king—the King of Wakanda! T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, will have superstar journalist and comics fan TaNehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) as writer for Marvel Comics’ new “Black Panther” series beginning in 2016.

Health and Happiness | Self-Help Reviews, November 15, 2015


HAPPINESS, that elusive state everyone craves, is the theme of this month’s column. Selections present a number of respectable ways to achieve contentment and fulfillment.

The Future of Crime: SF Thrillers | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2015


At the intersection of “What If?” and “Whodunit?” are sf mysteries and thrillers. The following titles combine suspense and speculative fiction in surprising and innovative ways.

Isabel Allende | LibraryReads Author, November 15, 2015


The Japanese Lover, Allende’s lushly detailed new work embraces the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, homosexuality in less liberal times, and immigration today

Abel, Doré, Lee, Stevenson, Morel/Mäel, & Others | Graphic Novels Reviews, November 15, 2015


NEW YORK COMIC CON 2015, held October 8–11, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, showed that diversity grows the market. The 160,000-plus attendees reflected every age, gender, ethnicity, and orientation.