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.

Count Your Chickens | Urban Farming & Homesteading

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With the spread of farming and homesteading from rural and suburban areas to urban lots and rooftops, these 35 titles will help patrons sow the cream of their own crops.

Dancing with Myself | Memoir

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Two ballerinas’ stories, a military marriage memoir, coexisting with animals, and living the minimalist life.

New Year, New Stories | Memoir

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For five of this month’s six authors, this is a second or third memoir. What motivates this sharing of the good, the bad, and the ugly of life?

There Will Be Blood | African American Fiction (and More)

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The three selections this month deal with blood—whether there’s actual blood flowing from vicious wounds, or the strong bond of family blood in a household determined to make it through controversy. Either way, these folks—like Lady Macbeth—are confronted with removing traces of blood.

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