Faulty Families | Memoir

The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

There’s not a dud in this batch of brand-new memoirs about families functional and dysfunctional.

A Mother’s Fear, a Daughter’s Revenge | African American Fiction (and More)

mama's boy

Moving away from standard urban fiction themes of violence and sex, established African American fiction author ReShonda Tate Billingsley tackles the hot-button topic of the police shooting of unarmed black men and teens, while Saundra’s tale of street vengeance recalls Sistah Souljah.

The Things They Carried: History 100(ish) Objects at a Time


The idea of presenting popular history through objects has really taken off lately, with readers who like a reference browse delighting in books that explore various aspects of our world and its history through…stuff.

Blended Families, Talking to Kids About Religion, Solutions for Allergies, & More | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2015


Hope for any reader unsure of how to navigate a new familial structure, advice for improving impulse control and organization, discussions on religion from a nonreligious perspective, an essential Allergy Book that addresses the most timely of concerns

Life During Wartime | Classic Returns

Blood Brothers

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

Considering the Collection | Music Matters, May 1, 2015


Keeping current on new genres and subgenres can be a big job; it’s important to track industry awards and make sure the winners are available. Here Amy Dalton answers a few questions specifically relating to collection development in recorded music.

Spanish On-Screen | Spanish-Language Media: Collection Development, May 1, 2015


In homes where Spanish is the predominant language spoken, movies on-disc are still a popular item. These 33 releases, plus apps and a list of vendors, will go a long way to helping Spanish-speaking viewers “see” what libraries have to offer.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)


Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Other People’s Stories | Memoir

Rose Hotel

In trying to find a common thread to the titles I selected this month, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority, while still memoirs, are actually stories about someone else.

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015


Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.