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.

The Great War at 100 | Collection Development

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The impending start of four-plus years of centennials of World War I is a good time to consider how well your library collection is supporting the increased interest that the anniversaries are likely to produce.

Road Trips, Mind Trip, and Fear of Flying | Classic Returns

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Library Journal focuses on women making their way in the world, using any tools at hand: their blondeness, their intelligence, their sexual savvy, or a 1939 Ford.

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch | Memoir

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A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about hiking. He asked me in both a rhetorical and whimsical manner why it is that humans feel the need to summit mountains. While giving him my own theory (it involves the mystery of Mother Nature, the accomplishment felt after reaching a set goal, and […]

From Hard-Core Street Lit to Gentle Romance | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections range from hard-core street lit and a PI-type mystery to a more gentle romance. Just as varied are these novels’ settings. Not settling for the same old same old inner-city backdrop, authors have picked more exotic locations, from the dazzling lights of Vegas to the Caribbean island of Haiti. Pick of the […]

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