Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

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According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

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Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir

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This month, all the memoir picks are about being brave, and the many forms that it may take. Even when dealing with heavy subject matter, the authors find light, humor, and meaning in their experiences.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner | Collection Development: Transgender Fiction & Nonfiction, June 1, 2016

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The past ten years have seen dramatically increased visibility of transgender people in the public eye. For those in the community and those wanting to understand more about it, these 30 resources will fill in many of the blanks.

Best Memoirs 2016: Our Favorites (first half)

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Here’s the best of January–May Memoir. Later this year, we’ll publish the best of June–December, so stay tuned!

Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

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A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

Exploring the Outdoors, Crafts, & Kids’ Curiosity | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2016

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WITH FAMILIES ABOUT TO VISIT libraries in droves for summer reading programs, now is a great time for a parenting-through-the-years display, reminding moms and dads that librarians are a rich resource and valued partner in the health and growth of children of all ages.

Sex, Drugs, Sticks | Memoir

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The perennial themes of sex and drugs pop up in all of the memoirs (sometimes in the same book) this month.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 15, 2016

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Françoise Gilot on Her Life with and Without Picasso; visionary versemakers Dove and Rich; music man Gleason; an articulate Rise and Fall of Nations; where to find The World’s Best Drinks and Street Food

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!