The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner | LJ Review


LJ’s review of Ruth Wariner’s The Sound of Gravel

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon | LJ Review


Solomon’s razor-sharp prose scrapes her characters raw as she plants them deeply in the history and turmoil of 1920s New England.

The 2016 BEA Galley & Signing Guide Is Ready


BookExpo is here, and so is the BEA Galley & Signing Guide. This year, the show floor is more structured than ever, with many publishers having strict schedules for giveaways and signings. Though the times can shift some, windows of opportunity are narrow and giveaways available only as supplies last, so planning a battle strategy […]

Graphic Novels | Best Sellers, May 2016


Ms. Marvel, Sandman, Squirrel Girl, Darth Vader, and Batman vs. Superman

Serving Self-Publishing | Self-Publishing & Libraries

In my position as Acquisitions manager at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), I serve as the main point of contact for self-published authors hoping to be included in our collection. Oftentimes when I speak with them, the conversation turns from the consideration of their book to the challenges of the industry in general. They […]

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt | LJ Review


LJ’s review of Emily Voigt’s The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish

Water Cooler Readers’ Advisory | Wyatt’s World


Imagine the service desk as a water cooler; the likely topics of conversation that surround it, from politics to pop culture, support varied and interesting book suggestions. Here are five titles to tie the collection into what’s hot.

Nonfiction on Healthy Habits, Le Corbusier, Start-Up Culture, Jewish Vaudeville | Xpress Reviews


An overall health plan that is well researched and engaging; a title of special interest to artists, art historians, art faculty, and Le Corbusier scholars; Lyon’s story of start-up culture leaves readers flabbergasted yet wanting more

LJ Reference Reviews: May 1, 2016


Keep Watching the Skies! is a detailed chronicle from a devoted sf buff; ambitious and accessible, the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World is essential; Public Library Video Online is recommended for both public and academic institutions

Fiction from Brown, Duchovny, Hall, Lippman, O’Connor, & Ryan | Xpress Reviews


A nicely written and worthy read from Brown; Duchovny pits the Bums against the Sox in1978; Hall writes tightly woven police procedurals; gothic-tinged family drama from Lippman; a May/December romance with lots of sex; back to Montana for Ryan