A Family More Dysfunctional Than Yours | Memoir

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Ah, the holidays. The time of year for twinkling lights, random acts of kindness, and generosity toward one’s fellow man. Or if that sounds more like a Hallmark Channel original movie than what you have planned for December (dodging cranky shoppers, shaking off passive-aggressive comments from family members, pretending to like ugly Christmas sweaters), then […]

Caught in the Middle | Collection Development

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A wide variety of materials may be blended to create a collection targeted to the sandwich generation, or those between ages 40 and 65, find themselves serving the distinct needs of two of relatives: aging parents and teen or adult children.

Fun, Functional, and Dysfunctional Family Stories | Memoir

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This month, our memoirists spent time trying to figure out how to form—or stay part of—a family.

Best Books 2013: African American Fiction

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The best African American fiction of 2013.

African American Fiction (and More) | November 2013

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Why deal with complicated revenge schemes when cut-quick-to-the-bone insults produce the same result in way less time? Listed here are a few verbal gems from this month’s selections that will probably lead to more frenemies than friends. That definitely wasn’t an Altar Call. That was a bonafide parade of fools. Does your mother know that […]

A Second Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Trench Art

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On Veterans Day, LJ book reviewer Ed Burgess (EB), library director at the Combined Arms Research Library, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and I (MH) had a conversation about Ed’s hobby: the crafting of models. We discussed Ed’s modelling particularly in relation to World War I as its centennial approaches. (By the way, you can see our […]

A Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Modelling

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In connection with Veterans Day and this month’s “Collection Development” piece that Ed Burgess (EB) and I (MH) wrote on World War I, we thought we’d chat about our World War I-related hobbies. EB: I’m a modeler.  I admit it freely, without shame.  I don’t have the collector’s obsessive gene that you have, Margaret. MH: […]

Parenting Reviews | November 15, 2013

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Parenting reviews from the November 15, 2013 issue.

The Great War at 100 | Collection Development

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The impending start of four-plus years of centennials of World War I is a good time to consider how well your library collection is supporting the increased interest that the anniversaries are likely to produce.

Road Trips, Mind Trip, and Fear of Flying | Classic Returns

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Library Journal focuses on women making their way in the world, using any tools at hand: their blondeness, their intelligence, their sexual savvy, or a 1939 Ford.

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