Standout Fall Fiction Debuts | LJ Reviews

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A fresh voice and broadened scope to the Holmes canon; a must-read for fans and denizens of the Big Easy; a darkly comic debut about love and families; DeCarlo combines suspense and heartache; laughter, tears, and just plain fun from Noblin

Jock Jams | Memoir

Strong Is the New Sexy

The memoirs this month had me sweating vicariously as the authors portaged canoes, did planks in their living rooms, and hiked cross-country.

LibraryReads September 2015

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Some familiar names—Lee Child, Jonathan Evison, Jenny Lawson—have made this month’s LibraryReads, the list of what librarians are reading and loving lately. Happily, though, top of the list this time is a debut, Melissa DeCarlo’s The Art of Crash Landing. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No […]

Writer’s Digest: Self-published Authors Hear from Experts

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The recent Writer’s Digest conference, held July 31–Aug. 2 in New York City, gathered self-published author together to learn from various experts in the industry. Below are some highlights from the show.

Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]

Promoting Patrick Modiano & More

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Last week was one of those fun weeks clarifying why I put up with late nights and relentless deadlines at Library Journal. Not only did I get to rush out a review of four books by Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano (embracing six novels altogether, with one volume representing “The Occupation Trilogy”), but I also […]

Summer Reading Last Call | Wyatt’s World

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End-of-summer reading is upon us. What to pick? Here are five suggestions.

Energy & Empathy | French on Fridays

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I found a real-life lawyer I admire!

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Va- and Stay-cation Books | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” gang is going clear, fighting racial bias, forming friendships, drooling over maps, plotting poisoning, sleuthing with Mycroft, steampunking, time-traveling, and grabbing the tissues this week.