Making and Breaking | Self-Help Reviews, September 15, 2015


MAKING AND BREAKING is a pertinent theme for this month’s column. The titles go from connecting with nature and other people to cutting the ties that bind to exploring New Age philosophies and the lost art of grace.

Focus on Photography: Snap Up These Timely Titles


A gorgeous book of Edward S. Curtis‘s masterworks; 25 years of the National Gallery of Art; casual pictures that convey an unrehearsed truthfulness, rock music photography; radical developments in photography’s long history

Format Follows Function


When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.

Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League by César Brioso | LJ Review

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Brioso, César. Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League. Univ. Pr. of Florida. Sept. 2015. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780813061160. $24.95. SPORTS Baseball’s landmark year was 1947—that was when Jackie Robinson integrated the National League and, later in the season, Larry Doby became the American League’s first black player with the Cleveland […]

Editors’ Fall 2015 Picks


These approaching releases are grabbing the LJ review editors’ attention and are great bets for your patrons as the daylight grows shorter and the air more chilly.

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards


On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]

Bound Up in Books | What We’re Reading


The LJ/SLJ WWR gang joins book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith in contemplating books and their covers.

Books on the Brain: LJ Reviews Oliver Sacks


Doctor, scientist, and writer Oliver Sacks, who died on August 30, is perhaps best known for his 1985 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He was a prolific author, though, over the years penning many explorations of neurological dysfunction and, sometimes, super-function. Below are some reviews of his titles that appeared in LJ over the years.

Beautiful Books | Classic Returns


Books of art, design, dressmaking, and beauty rule this edition of LJ’s “Classic Returns” column.

Click, Clack, Books


Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]