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.

The Bard at 450 | Collection Development

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As we approach William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, our fascination with his life and work shows no sign of fading. Each year brings new biographies, revised editions of the plays and poems, and books promising to make his creations easier for readers encountering them for the first time. It’s not an exaggeration to say that there […]

35 Going on 13: Series and Sequels

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A few weeks, back, I shared my picks for some of my favorite books of the year (LJ Best Books: YA Lit for Adults; 35 Going On 13: Best Teen Books for Adults, 2013; Extended List). In the interest of featuring a broad range of great new books for teens (and we adults who read […]

35 Going On 13: Best Teen Books for Adults, 2013; Extended List

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Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Little, Brown Bks. for Young Readers. ISBN 9780316213103. $18.99. Tana awakens in a bathtub after a night of revelry and discovers that she is the only wholly human survivor of a vampire massacre. Her ex-boyfriend has been infected and is tied to a bed in another room with […]

Desperate Times | African American Fiction (and More)

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The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is especially true for December’s selections. Whether plunging into a gang war or jockeying to be plucked as a millionaire’s wife, the characters in these novels find themselves caught up in desperate situations. Some will turn to God and others will rely on superior firepower.

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 […]

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