Spring books to propel dudes out of bed and into action for runners, cyclists, swimmers, nutritionists, weight watchers, triathlon athletes, or sit back with Leanne Shapton’s autobiography. Either way, your endurance for reading is building.
This month, Library Journal is spotlighting debut novels, which are also a mainstay of teen literature. It may be hard to believe, but there once was a time when Stephenie Meyer and John Green were not household names. Green’s debut, Looking for Alaska (2005), won the coveted Printz Award and is not the only first [...]
Authors in this month’s column have tons of cred. In fact, they’re almost known by single names like pop culture celebrities Rihanna, Diddy, or Nas. Here we have Nikki, HoneyB, and Eric whose books are always snatched up by loyal readers.
It’s so cool when spot-on descriptions shoot a visual image into readers’ imaginations and demand to be shared. Thus a few examples of tell-it-like-it-is found in this month’s titles.
Does physics bring to mind tough college classes and scientists covering chalkboards with long equations? While it’s an advanced science, it is also a fascinating field with many new ideas for your patrons to explore. People of all kinds are curious about how the universe works, and physics is the very root of all physical science. Physicists study matter, energy, and forces. The laws of physics explain how objects interact on every scale, from the subatomic to the galactic. Learning about physics is not just entertaining—it’s an important component of science literacy. Citizens with a basic understanding of science are prepared to make critical decisions about vital issues like climate change and energy source policy.
It’s a big world, and the number of stories out there reflects its immensity. This month’s memoirs contain tales of young lives formed and spent in places like the Hudson Valley, Chicago, Oakland, Louisiana, and Utah (with stints in Africa, Venice, and Antarctica). Was geography destiny for our memoirists? Does where you come from matter as [...]
From its initial installment in February 2008, this column has reviewed urban fiction, but beginning this month the scope will expand to cover a range of books representing reading interests of many African American readers. Subgenres such as urban Christian stories, steamy romance tales featuring African American characters, or contemporary novels far removed from the [...]
Although February is the shortest month of the year, it certainly has the rest of the calendar beat in the holiday ratio: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, and President’s Day (not to mention Groundhog’s Day) offer readers many reasons to celebrate. Here is a little-bit-of-everything to make your month a fabulous one. Love Under the Sea Merfolk [...]