Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016

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According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, “sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list.” Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

Family Fables & Failures | Memoir

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Families and the emotional fallout thereof dominate this month’s memoir column.

Radicals, Fashionistas, Politicos, Young Jane, & More | Classic Returns

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A crazy roundtable of reissues this month, including early works by Austen, a Black Panther’s memoir, a Chinese immigrant’s awakening, a theological thriller, a street graffiti bible, and more.

Pushing for POTUS | Collection Development: Political Campaigns, April 1, 2016

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This year’s race for president is hot and heavy, but it may not be all that unusual as campaigns go. These 29 resources offer an abundance of information on the roots of elections, how to become a more effective voter, and the evolving role of women in politics.

No Shortage of Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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There’s plenty of drama and tension in this month’s novels, including an interesting take on the struggle for civil rights, a police procedural to solve multiple deaths, and a dysfunctional family circling their wagons to protect their own. Plus Terry McMillan returns!

Bullying, Relocating, Observing, Inventing | Memoir

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Among this month’s memoirs is one that explores what it means to remember and thus questions the very nature of writing a memoir. It is destined to become a modern American classic.

Antiheroes, Dancers, Bridges, L.A. Stories | Classic Returns

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The “Classic Returns” column is back with intercultural essays, a full roster of femmes and hommes fatales, an art critic’s black comedy, and a dancing de Mille’s memoir with an excellent new foreword.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 15, 2016

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Nickel’s war on “urban blight,” performing Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, Bakewell on existentialism, presidential parenting styles, plus titles for Presidents’ Day, travel in Asia, self-publishing in libraries

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir

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Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.