Protecting the King | African American Fiction (And More!)


Demand will soar for Dickey, Allen’s solid story alternates between romance and crime fiction, Mink is on top of her game creating great side characters and a flawed protagonist who tries to do the right thing.

With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

Hammer Head

This month’s memoir column features women on the cusp of change and a 50-year estrangement.

An Edwardian Education | Collection Development: After Downton Abbey


PBS’s popular Downton Abbey has made the early 1900s a familiar and beloved setting. These 36 titles will help patrons find Edwardian-era fiction, nonfiction, and videos.

Fiddler at 50, Anna x 3, Tove’s 100th, 30 Years of Chelsea Green, and More | Classic Returns


December’s Classic Returns column sings happy birthday to Fiddler on the Roof, celebrates Tove Jansson’s centennial, and congratulates Chelsea Green on 30 years of cutting-edge books. Also: Trollope, Turing, and three new Anna Kareninas!

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction


The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight


It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)


Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir


While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.

Standouts from Deurlein and McCraith, Raising Passionate Readers, Adoption, First Bites | Parenting Reviews, November 15, 2014


Child rearing literature is constantly evolving with the times and can provide the tools or new approach that a baffled parent needs. These eight titles consider topics such as worrisome behavior, technology use, yelling, and nutrition.

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month


These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.