Turning Pages, Catching Tears, Learning Languages | What We’re Reading

The People in the Trees

WWR writers discuss gratitude, death, page-turners, princesses, true grit, eternal story lines, oddball narratives, and more this week.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review

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Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

Ch-ch-changes & Other Oddities | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” mourns David Bowie and talks about our best reads of last year.

Go, Oscar, Go: Best Documentary Feature Nominees 2016 | LJ Reviews

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LJ tracked down the nominees for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature to get a jump on the February 28 television broadcast (see LJ 2/15/16). Below are reviews of four of the five nominated films. What Happened, Miss Simone? was unavailable for review.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review

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A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction.

LibraryReads February 2016

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The February LibraryReads list features Ruta Sepetys’s historical novel of adventure, maritime suspense, and 1945 Europe. Also in the month of Valentine’s Day find Debbie Macomber and new Lori Foster, plus intriguing titles from the likes of Joshilyn Jackson and Lisa Gardner. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are […]

The Mean Streets | African American Fiction (and More)

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While Harlem and Brooklyn have been the setting for much of urban fiction, this month’s selections extend into Newark, NJ, Detroit, and Memphis. Yet the place that really stands out is Washington, DC’s Library of Congress.

Gazing, Grazing, Homesteading, Reasoning | Memoir

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This month’s column looks at an essential book on depression, the story of a man trying to turn himself into a goat, and a tale of modern-day homesteading. Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighs in on bodies, illness, and aging.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe | The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Nominees

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The Edgar Award nominees are announced, and LJ/SLJ has the goods on the books!

The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed | LJ Review

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Written more than 150 years ago, the earliest known prison memoir by an African American author is appearing in print for the first time.