Visionary Graphic Narratives: Celebrate Black History Month and Beyond with These Essential Comics

This year’s meaty list of new graphic novels and nonfiction introduces 29 captivating titles.

E-Originals from Scarlett Cole, Mimi Matthews, and Erin Kane Spock | Xpress Reviews

Cole shines in showing the reality of how a terrible past can be overcome but not forgotten; Matthews delivers a sweet, fast-paced read that will be appreciated by fans of Victorian romance; recommend Spock’s debut for public libraries where historical romance circulates well

Costa Award Winners | Book Pulse

The Costa Book Awards are announced with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fineby Gail Honeyman and Reservoir 13by Jon McGregor leading the wins.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The New Year brings fresh book news, and plenty of new titles, including five librarian and bookseller picks publishing this week. Unbound by Stuart Woods leads in holds this week; Leila Slimani’s novel, entitled The Perfect Nanny in the US, wowed France, and President Obama offers his picks of 2017.

RA Back Pocket: Art and Coffee-Table Books | Wyatt’s World

Some of the books readers treasure most are the lavishly illustrated tomes that do far more than decorate end tables. They inspire, inform, and enrich—all things libraries strive for as well. Here are five notable titles from 2017 that are guaranteed to entertain and enlighten for years to come.

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.

New Bestsellers and Reviews of Strong Opinions | Book Pulse

Only one new bestselling title this week, continuing children’s author Dav Pilkey’s great success. Roomies by Christina Lauren gets high praise while Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson gets slammed.

Top Picks for 2018 and a Final Look at 2017 | Book Pulse

HuffPo on the Best Feminist Books of 2017, the Hollywood Reporter weighs in on the Best Comics of the year, and the “old gray lady” takes a look at intriguing new nonfiction.

Graphic Novels from Parrish, Seluk, and Silloray | Xpress Reviews

Moments of emotional honesty will resonate with those looking for graphic novels focused on LGBTQIA themes; the humor is at times sidesplitting as well as heartwarming—fans of this series will not be disappointed; a fine volume that brings to life a great artist

Fiction from Finch, Maxwell, Swanson, and Winkler | Xpress Reviews

An excellent addition to an already terrific series; another bewitching tale from the always reliable Maxwell; on the heels of a stunning debut, this outstanding psychological thriller is a triumph; South African author Winkler delivers a superb noir thriller