Beautiful Books | Classic Returns


Books of art, design, dressmaking, and beauty rule this edition of LJ’s “Classic Returns” column.

Covering the Classics: Q&A with Book Designer Coralie Bickford-Smith | Classic Returns


A Q&A with award-winning book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Life During Wartime | Classic Returns

Blood Brothers

A pre–Memorial Day “Classic Returns” looks at war stories and tales of survival during wartime.

Road to Elsewhere | Classic Returns

Prometheus Bound

Classic Returns travels from ancient Greece to postwar Hungary and points in between this month.

Fiction and Fantasy for Moderns | Classic Returns


This month’s Classic Returns column features earlier novels by current fan favorites; a reissued family saga; a tale of second chances; and two collections from the “Oddly Modern Fairy Tales” series published by Princeton University.

Fiddler at 50, Anna x 3, Tove’s 100th, 30 Years of Chelsea Green, and More | Classic Returns


December’s Classic Returns column sings happy birthday to Fiddler on the Roof, celebrates Tove Jansson’s centennial, and congratulates Chelsea Green on 30 years of cutting-edge books. Also: Trollope, Turing, and three new Anna Kareninas!

Anniversaries, Desserts, White Trash, Texas Noir | Classic Returns

The Glass of Fashion

This edition of Classic Returns includes a father of fashion commentary, a mother of crime fiction, a postwar man of letters, and a Texas noir storyteller.

Classic Returns Returns! And Goes to the Movies | Classic Returns


Summertime is all about beach reads and blockbuster films—slipping into that air-conditioned cinema to cool off and escape reality for 90 minutes or so, immersing oneself in an alternate universe. We’re going to the movies for this return of Classic Returns, with rereleases and reissues of books that were made into movies, and are about […]

Road Trips, Mind Trip, and Fear of Flying | Classic Returns


Library Journal focuses on women making their way in the world, using any tools at hand: their blondeness, their intelligence, their sexual savvy, or a 1939 Ford.

Tales of Terror | Pre-Halloween Classic Returns


LJ counts down the days to Halloween with a trick-or-treat sampling of some great rereleases by kings (and a queen) of chill.