Family Fireworks & “Boomoirs” | Memoir

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Derek reads four debut memoirs this month and Thérèse Purcell Nielsen reviews two baby boomer memoirs.

Wins & Loss | French on Fridays

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Countering horrible news with good; bar-hopping with Bertha Cool and Donald Lam

Literacy Signing Goal for RWA | Romance Conference 2016

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A huge draw at every Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference is the literacy signing following the all-day Librarians Day sessions. The 2016 get-together is in San Diego, July 13–16, with the “Readers for Life” autograph session, open to the public, on July 13 from 5:30–7:30. Fans will be able to purchase copies of books […]

After the Fourth | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” team are planning big trips, relishing romance, hefting Outlander, curating our closets, checking out YA nonfiction, parsing Patchett, and sticking the dismount.

Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016

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In Blake Crouch’s fantastically conceived yet utterly persuasive Dark Matter, contented family man Jason Dessen is walking home from a friend’s celebratory bar meet-up when he’s abducted. He awakens in a laboratory where everyone reveres him, yet things are decidedly off

Brontës, Selfies, Babies, Frankenstein, & More | Classic Returns

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This time out, we spotlight classics of literature, art, fashion, pregnancy bibles, and coming-of-age stories.

Summer Promise | Debut Novels, July 1, 2016

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Ranging from literary biggies that boomed at BookExpo America to hot genre fiction that got LibraryReads love, the debut novels on this list are backed by reviews and/or reader interest and are definitely worth reading and recommending.

Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

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According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Joan Pedzich | In Memoriam

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Going through this morning’s email I was dumbstruck by a notice that my longtime reviewer Joan Pedzich had died suddenly on Saturday, June 25. The email was from Joan’s husband, Bob. I was already reeling, but realizing that he thought to notify me the very next day pretty much did me in. Joan and I […]

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

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Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.