What We Talk About When We Talk About… | Memoir

A father who lost a child in a rafting accident; a director of a sober-living community for women with AIDS; an Iranian fashion rebel; and a creative writing professor with abandonment issues

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 1, 2016

As always, the annual Pushcart Prize XLI is highly recommended; Kelly creates a world that is deeply felt; a revealing look at professional wrestler Rowdy; a solid offering for the tech-education collection; Anishinaabe activist Bellecourt’s riveting autobiography; an important study that teaches to decipher science and medical news

The Banned, the Bands, Autobios, & More | Classic Returns

In honor of Banned Books Week, we present two censored authors and many other icons and iconoclasts of yore.

Health DVDs | Collection Development

While Fitbits and smartphones have taken “home fitness” outdoors, the consumer health DVD market continues to yield high customer appeal. These 31 programs offer plenty of viewing advice.

Musical Memoirs | Wyatt’s World

Memoirs take a musical turn this fall, with a number of high-profile singers turning to the page rather than the microphone to tell their tales. Here are five essential titles as an overture.

Forever Fascinated by Family | Memoir

Families continue to fascinate memoir writers, readers, and reviewers.

Big Science, Breastfeeding, Teens, Childhood Cancer | Parenting Reviews, September 1, 2016

Younger kids will love these short activities with big impacts; Grayson’s global perspective is a welcome addition to an important debate; Phelan’s guidance is consistently sound, on target, and presented in an upbeat, practical way

Our Just Desserts: Baking | Collection Development, September 1, 2016

Baked goods and pastries are favorites among chefs and consumers alike, and despite burgeoning online food resources, cookbooks continue to be top circulators. These new and classic sources will add sustenance to any collection.

Cozy or Rough | African American Fiction (and More)

This month treats us to new releases from popular urban fiction authors plus a tasty cozy murder mystery centered on the owner of a soul food restaurant and her sassy cousin.

Loss & Gain | Memoir

Each of this month’s memoirs is about growing stronger in different ways, even as each writer loses something crucial or someone essential. While they won’t leave a dry eye in the house, they’ll evoke cathartic and redemptive tears.