LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Our picks for the Top Ten books of 2016, plus Top Five picks in genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and more.

Preturkey, Postelection Tomes | What We’re Reading

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Here’s “What We’re Reading” in these postelection, pre-Thanksgiving times

Life Losses & Gains | Memoir

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Themes of loss and unconventional families prevail in this month’s memoir selections

In Memoriam: Leonard Cohen, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist

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While Leonard Cohen’s songs will remain his main legacy, it’s worth considering his other literary efforts, including nine books of poetry and two novels.

New Hope for Faith-Filled Fiction | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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The inspirational fiction publishing landscape has shifted quite dramatically over the past few years. Can the genre thrive and grow in this challenging environment?

Resilient Rulers: From Victoria to Cixi to Catherine the Great | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, Queen Victoria leads me down a winding path.

After Best Books, Dampness, Rants, Ferrante, & Apps | What We’re Reading

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After Best Books selection and Halloween, some breathing space for new books and new ideas

Billionaires and Ballots: How To Buy an Election | Presidential DVDs

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Getting one last jump on the election, LJ reviews a DVD that looks at the political money men and how going to the polls can be a harrowing experience.

The Clintons and The Donald: Cast Your Ballot Here | Presidential DVDs

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Library Journal couldn’t let the election hoopla go unnoticed, so we asked reviewer STEPHEN L. HUPP to take a look at two DVD programs now available that might persuade on-the-fence voters to throw their support to one of the candidates. Or might these films convince the already committed to flip? It’s anyone’s game

Listen & Yearn | Audio Spotlight

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Audiobooks continue their meteoric rise. The Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) annual survey reports that audiobook sales in 2015 totaled more than $1.77 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent over 2014. It was the second consecutive year that audiobook sales have expanded by 20 percent, growth the APA chalks up to increasing awareness of […]