That’s So Nineties | Memoir

The Call of the Farm

Remember the good times in these Nineties-themed memoirs.

Personal Bests | What We’re Reading

Truth Be Told

LJ/ School Library Journal staffers—and a special guest librarian—talk about Girls Gone and on the Train; Getting Better Than Before; Watching Anjelica; politics and prizes in China; what to wear; and animal-human transmissions

Don’t Trust These Ladies | African American Fiction (And More!)

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October’s lead female characters toy with men’s emotions, lie to them, steal their money, cheat on them, and even physically torture them. In particula, the authentic out-of-control take on a woman’s gambling addiction makes S.K. Collins’s Crooked G’s the pick of the month

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce November Favorites

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David Nicholls’s Us met my subway test, meaning it’s a book that I had to stop reading on the subway because I was laughing so hard I made a spectacle of myself (crying hard was another result of the book). Librarians around the country are loving Us, too, as they’ve picked it as their favorite […]

New York Comic Con: Highlights and Surprises

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It has been reported that 151,000 people attended New York Comic Con this past weekend, causing the annual event to beat its unrelated competitor, San Diego Comic-Con, in size. I last attended Comic-Con in 2009, as an ardent supporter of graphic novels. This time I attended for Library Journal, purposely seeking out panels about diversity […]

Special Report: Brooklyn Book Festival | What We’re Reading

The Empire of Necessity

A special report from the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival and what selected attendees are reading.

The Heart of Romance | Genre Spotlight: Romance

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With multiple subgenres and various publishing platforms, romance titles are a valentine to a solid library collection. See what works are coming your way this season.

Darkness and Light | What We’re Reading

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This week a skeleton crew of School Library Journal/LJ staff confronts trolls, superflu, Hollywood idols, and some dark, dark desires.

Portrait of the Artist: Art in Novels | The Reader’s Shelf

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These six books mix history with speculation and masterpieces with the characters that surround them, producing compelling tales of vision and purpose.

Talking with Alasdair MacLean | Music Matters

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LJ talks to Alasdair MacLean, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the English rock band The Clientele. He spent 2012 writing daily at his public library and is widely known for the literary references in the lyrics of the band’s elegant chamber pop and 1980s alternative music.

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