Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

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The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

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Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.

California Wines, the Planets, Modern Arabic, & More | Reference Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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A starting point for exploring the world of California wines but not essential; a handy volume packed with the latest scientific observational analysis; a useful dictionary for scholars and interpreters; a massive, up-to-date undertaking on the field of information science and technology.

Hopwood on Biologist Haeckel, Missives to Our Feline Friends, Lee’s New 52 Foods Challenge | Science & Technology Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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Hopwood’s detailed, well-documented, and richly illustrated book traces the history of scientific publication; Erspamer has compiled a variety of notes written by 65 cat owners; Lee engages children in creating meals and trying new things.

Histories of the Underground Railroad, British Dynasties, the American Civil War, plus the Best Place To Work, and Lots Lots More | Social Sciences Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Foner’s seminal work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the United States; Friedman delivers a must-read for managers; essays for academics, critics, and students of video game design.

Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

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As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

LibraryReads Inaugural “Favorite of Favorites” List

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Every month, LibraryReads announces the top ten books that librarians across the country are reading and loving. This month’s list is a little different: from the list of favorites going back to 2013, librarians picked the cream of the crop. Topping the list is Gabrielle Zevin’s bookstore-themed romance, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which […]

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

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