Timely Tellings: Memoir Highlights 2017 (so far)

LJ’s memoir columnists and reviewers help celebrate the first quarter of 2017 with four starred reviews from the monthly online column, a book about love of urban gardening, and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, three titles that deal with making marriage work in these troubled times.

What To Read (and Watch) After “1984”

Fiction, both classic and contemporary; nonfiction; and film and TV for readers who have finished George Orwell’s 1984 and still hunger for more titles to give them perspective on the current social and political climate.

Power to the People | Collection Development: Alternative Energy, February 1, 2017

URBAN NORTH AMERICANS consume a lot of energy each day—per capita, 100 times that of pre­agricultural humans. These 30 resources will connect with readers wanting to enter the energy industry or learn more about techniques and costs.

Travels & Translations | Memoir

This month’s column has two memoirs in translation and two by Americans who take to the road

Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

The first “Classic Returns” column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and philosophers, not to mention a lagniappe of French lit.

Financial Literacy, Diaper Dudes, Rad Families, Language Development | Parenting Reviews, January 2017

Amid these philosophical musings are new books offering practical advice, ranging from developing language skills to tempering anxiety in young adults.

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

Untrodden Paths, Hard Choices | Memoir

Memoirs this month all center on the theme of making difficult choices

Betrayal and Forgiveness | African American Fiction (and More)

There’s a satisfying amount of betrayal, bedroom romps, and violence to please a wide range of urban fiction readers. However, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s latest work moves away from these overworked themes and offers a message of forgiveness while dealing with an overzealous “friend.”

Gardening Trends | Collection Development

In a 2009 study, “Belt Tightening in Bad Times,” the Pew Research Center found that gardening had soared during the recession as Americans economized by growing food, firing groundskeepers, and staying home. Now, urgency over climate change, habitat loss, and struggling species (e.g., bees)—along with concerns over food security and obesity—are enticing newbies and prompting […]