I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.
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 […]
New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015
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 […]
“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.
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 […]