A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs


Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)


December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Under Self-Construction | Memoir

My Confection

This month’s memoirs are all about the authors finding their way (back) to wholeness and working toward a stable self-identity.

November Remembering | Classic Returns


The themes this month: cute dogs; autism; cross-dressing; vintage dressing; the idiocy of war; the aftereffects of the Holocaust and of AIDS.

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015


Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.

They Work Hard for Their Money | African American Fiction (and More)


As authors put their characters through their paces, readers learn what these protagonists do for money. The list of jobs from this month’s selections includes credit card scam artists, a biochemist, a Navy SEAL, a construction contractor, a lawyer, and finally an owner of a strip club. Such varied résumés!

Dads, Death, Disasters, Drinking | Memoir

This Is Only a Test

November’s memoir picks are a bit of a hodgepodge perhaps, but also a fine slice of contemporary American memoir.

Emptying the Dump Truck | Charleston Conference 2015

Creative upcycling

On Friday, November 6, at the Charleston Conference, Robert Weaver, Collection Management Librarian at Liberty University, Virginia’s Jerry Falwell Library, presented what was perhaps the most actionable information of the conference. In an unfortunately poorly attended program called “Emptying the Dump Truck,” Weaver outlined, from personal experience, what to do when your library is offered a large donation.

Romance Revs Up | Genre Spotlight: Romance


No matter your personal preferences, it’s hard to argue with the romance numbers: according to BookStats, estimated annual total sales value of romance in 2013 was $1.08 billion. That’s billions, folks. For many libraries, romance comprises the bread and butter of the genre fiction collections.

Baby Care Basics, Outdoor Adventure, Straight Talk for Teens | Parenting Reviews, November 1, 2015


FALL’S OFFERING ENCOURAGE outdoor exploration, discuss sexuality, text a warning to mom and dad, and provide some tongue-in-cheek looks at raising children.