Deaf Separatists, Goddesses, Spies, Pies, and Supertalls | Classic Returns

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For today’s post, I found a deaf-separatist fiction title that the original publisher likened to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces; an 1824 title said to be the “first American cookbook”; several anniversary reprints; Joseph Campbell’s thoughts on goddesses; and a soaring salute to skyscrapers, updated for the 21st century.

Keeping Score | Memoir

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Fall approaches. The boys of summer are winding it all down on the diamond and the gridiron guys are gearing up. Since my sport is reading, I’ve tallied up the major themes and attributes of this month’s six memoirs. Here are the scores: family stories six/six; tales of resilience six/six; woman memoirists five/six; damages of […]

Family Ties | African American Fiction (and More)

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Several family members play a part in this month’s selections, and they may alternate being loving, dysfunctional, or ultimately loyal. Sometimes they mean well but stick their noses into the protagonists’ romantic plans. Other times they can be a pain—deadbeat dads and eager-to-give-free-advice aunts and uncles—that won’t go away. No matter what, it’s good to know somebody you grew up with has your back.

John F. Kennedy (1917-63)

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A roundup of 14 recent titles (including two novels) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Gateway to Enjoying Nature | Collection Development

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Feather your collections with these 37 books and websites to attract established and novice birders and watch circ soar.

Getting Cancer Off Your Chest | Breast Cancer Roundup, September 1, 2013

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15 titles for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

GLBTI Fiction: Opening the Fiction Closet

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Spotlight on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex literature.

Making Moves, Making Dates | Memoir

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Memoirs sort of akin to going to your favorite restaurant, finding out the menu has changed, and then against all odds, enjoying the new offerings.

New Worlds to Explore | Genre Spotlight

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Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.

Relationship Talk | African American Fiction (and More)

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An impressive debut from rapper Mac Lethal. Hampton sets her latest to reality TV. Octavia writes a sequel to His First Wife, and the spotlight turns to a self-published author from Cleveland.

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