Fiction, Nonfiction, & Alt-Facts | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” gang is back, with rule-breaking queens and foodies, outlined protagonists, scary strangers, brother correspondents, and pink roaches, to name a few subjects.

Travels & Translations | Memoir

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This month’s column has two memoirs in translation and two by Americans who take to the road

2017 Gumbo | What We’re Reading

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We’re reading: aloud, long-form journalism, parental nightmares, New Orleans novels, Wild Westerns, Richard III rewrites, Brooklyn books, whodunits, a raconteur’s remembrances, & more Lippman!

Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | 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, the Norse gods lead me down a winding path.

Poets, Murder, Maids, Music, & More | Classic Returns

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The first “Classic Returns” column of 2017 is heavy on the creatives, with a lineup of musicians, poets, writers, artists, dancers, and philosophers, not to mention a lagniappe of French lit.

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

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To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Spotlight | Katherine Arden, LibraryReads Author, January 2017

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Rooted in Russian history and folklore and told in language as extravagantly beautiful as the fire bird itself, Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale brings us Vasilisa Petrovna, a village girl with royal bloodlines and more mysterious, magical antecedents who saves her corner of medieval Russia and effectively all humankind.

Reviewers of the Year 2016

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A huge thank you to all our contributors, and special recognition to those who made this year even more outstanding. Interested in joining the LJ reviewing team? Click on the article for further details.

Never More Relevant: 50 Books for February, Black History Month, and Beyond

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Consider the models of leadership and activism outlined by Muhammad Ali or Coretta Scott King, the courage of Ona Judge, the creativity of Chester Himes, the verve of Charlamagne Tha God. It’s time for a reacquaintance with our past.

Regular & Irregular Books of the Season | What We’re Reading

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New and seasoned “What We’re Reading” contributors discuss the books on their minds this week.