A Life of One’s Own | Memoir


The theme of this month’s memoir column is upbringing and what one does with it.

A Little Respect & Romance | African American Fiction (and More)


For years Sister Souljah, the queen of urban fiction, has planted in our conscience that women should always be respected, a theme that she explores once again in her new novel.  Still there’s a place this month for Deborah Fletcher Mello’s old-fashioned romance with a serious twist that will lift readers’ emotions. It’s my pick […]

Let Them Build Cake: The Best Resources for Baking and Making Gingerbread Houses and Beyond


It’s time to revive a classic holiday centerpiece: the gingerbread house. This roundup features a range of holiday baking and decorating projects suitable for all ages and skill levels. Supplementary videos and web resources will guide you toward additional recipes and tutorials.

Format Follows Function


When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.

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.

We Are Family—Sort of | African American Fiction and More


What is family? This month’s column offers a diverse array of family units from a pimp’s stable of women to three half-sisters coming to terms with their father’s abandonment.

Betwixt and Between: New Adult Fiction | Collection Development, September 1, 2015


New adult (NA) is one of the most loved and fiercely hated trends to emerge this decade. Many decry NA as a mere marketing ploy, while others are excited that an overlooked demographic is finally getting its share of the spotlight. These 33 sources will give patrons plenty to ponder.

Jock Jams | Memoir

Strong Is the New Sexy

The memoirs this month had me sweating vicariously as the authors portaged canoes, did planks in their living rooms, and hiked cross-country.

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]