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.

Parenting Reviews | August 2013

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Reviews of Why Can’t My Child Stop Eating?, the Essential Homebirth Guide, and Cut, Stapled, and Mended, plus a full list of Parenting reviews from August 2013.

Behind Closed Doors on Long Island | Memoir

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Dylan told us all that “everything is gonna be diff’rent when I paint my masterpiece.” The belief that things could be different, even if they weren’t going to be perfect, carried many of this month’s memoirists through very trying times. Masterpieces are not always on canvas: here we glimpse families, houses, and careers that are themselves real works of art.

The Long and Short of It | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections run the gamut from epic inspirational tales with dozens of characters and plot twists (Vanessa Davis Griggs’s The Other Side of Divine) to clipped novellas that tell an explosive story in less than 130 pages (Most Wanted by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner).

Fertile Ground: Jewish Literature | Collection Development, July 2013

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Ask three people what constitutes a Jewish book, and you’ll get four answers. These 25 titles focus on “Jewish themes’ of identity, family, the relationship with a supreme deity, and more.

Surprise Roosters | Memoir

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According to this month’s memoirists, a surprise rooster is a formerly sweet hen that starts acting like a brute and grows feathers in suspicious places. Cock-a-doodle-doo! Oddly, the first two memoirs I read this month (Bootstrapper and Mud Season) featured a surprise rooster that both authors thought was a hen but turned out not to […]

Spreading the Gospel | African American Fiction (and More)

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Stories shift from the mean streets to small towns, where forgiveness allows relationships to bloom.

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