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 […]

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.

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