Family Matters | French on Fridays


I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.

LibraryReads October 2015

city on fire

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, a 900-page debut mystery set in 1970s New York City, tops this month’s list of new books that librarians are enjoying. This list also features some welcome nonfiction—Roberta Kaplan’s Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, and Barry Moser’s memoir We Were Brothers. Interested […]

James Patterson Will Be Honored at the National Book Awards


On November 18 best-selling author James Patterson joins a distinguished roster of honorees, including the late Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Terry Gross, and Barney Rosset, when the National Book Foundation presents him with the 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 66th Annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit […]

Juxtapositions | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” gang reads books together and apart this week.

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread…and Harlequin | In the Bookroom


Vintages by Harlequin™, a line of varietals in collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), poured out to readers today

A Life of One’s Own | Memoir


The theme of this month’s memoir column is upbringing and what one does with it.

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015


The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Match Books | French on Fridays

I’m sad and happy all at once—surely you know that feeling—to bid farewell to several coworkers and “What We’re Reading” contributors. Ashleigh Williams left a week ago and there’s a hole in the heart of the SLJ/LJ bookroom. She shared many great WWR blurbs during her time as SLJ, and I will miss that. Then […]

Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis | LJ Review


“We human beings…need to change”—this blunt requirement typifies Pope Francis’s astonishing encyclical on climate change. He effectively reframes global warming from an abstract, technical issue into a moral one, and gives the problem a new urgency—just in time for his U.S. visit and the upcoming world climate summit in Paris.

Books & Not Books | What We’re Reading


I asked my colleagues at LJ/School Library Journal and Junior Library Guild about their favorite animal books last week, having discovered a reprint of British illustrator Lucy Dawson’s delightful 1936 title Dogs As I See Them (HarperDesign). The response on the pets front was, shall we say, muzzled (except for Henrietta Verma—thank you!), but as […]