Spring Has Sprung | 35 Going On 13

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Unlike the movies, where it feels like all of the star-studded casts, A-list directors, and epic films are held until awards season, spring publishing is a present for the patient reader. At just about the time the best lists and book prizes are announced, preview copies from authors new and familiar start to appear like […]

Magazine Recovery | Best Magazines 2013

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Evidence suggests that the downturn in the market for magazines caused by rising popularity of online media and the great recession has bottomed out and may soon begin to turn around. Growth in subscriptions is slow and newsstand sales continue to suffer, but nevertheless there are signs of stability in the market. As of March 1, Mediafinder.com had identified 198 launches for 2013. This compares to 227 magazines launched in 2012 and 239 launched in 2011. The shrinking rate of growth, however, is somewhat offset by the number of cessations. Mediafinder identified 87 magazines that ceased publication in 2013. That compares to 82 closures in 2012 and 152 in 2011. So the 2013 statistics are better on balance than 2011’s and only slightly worse than the figures for 2012.

Pushing Boundaries | Mystery Preview 2014

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Year after year, mystery remains the number one circulating genre in libraries, as LJ’s annual materials buying survey reveals. While fans have their favorite cozy, police procedural, or historical thriller, the increasing number of releases that allow readers to cross the boundaries from one genre to another in the same book proves that today there is no one true way of presenting this beloved genre.

Coming of Age | Collection Development

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Coming of Age. Rites of passage such as quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, and prom are honored in cultures worldwide. These 23 resources share advice on how to celebrate; from the April 1 issue.

Telling It True | Memoir

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Since the stories we tell about ourselves become the blueprints for the myths about us, let’s be careful out there, memoirists. You define the story.

Church Ladies, Preachers, Gangstas | African American Fiction (and More)

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Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.

Parenting Reviews | March 1, 2014

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From addressing preschool stuttering to mastering the SAT, these eight titles address aspects of parenting with both specificity and understanding.

Developing Definitions | GLBTQ Family Memoirs

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The changing American family is now more diverse than ever. These GLTBQ memoirs will offer many perspectives on what is no longer a one-size-fits-all concept. These 23 titles and online resources and apps will be helpful to a variety of library users.

Materials Shift | Materials Survey 2014

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As budgets fracture, both book and ebook circ statistics provide insights into what patrons are reading, as our 2014 materials survey illustrates. DVDs are still hot, too.

What’s in a Name? | African American Fiction (and More)

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Urban fiction dialog weighs in on the rough side laced with insults and profanity. There’s also name calling to challenge a rival or just to be a hater. While male characters are quick to pull pistols in a fight, women enter frays with cut-to-the-bone verbal insults, as this month’s selections reveal.

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