Postcards from Paris 1950: Remembering Howard Fast

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Howard Fast’s birth, the author’s daughter, Rachel Fast Ben-Avi ) recalls those three months in 1950 when she, at the age of six, received postcards from a father who was “spending the summer in Paris.” At the time, Fast was in a federal prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Still Scared | What We’re Reading

Sharp Objects

LJ and School Library Journal staffers’ post-Halloween reads and some guest appearances by a debut author and book review journalists

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month

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These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

Vicarious Voyages | Collection Development: Armchair Travel

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An armchair voyage is a journey of exploration—a pilgrimage, a feast for the soul, and a way of satisfying curiosities. These 27 resources, including apps, will help users travel routes and set sail for adventures that won’t require security checks or encounter airport snafus.

Read Along with Lonely Planet’s Best Travel in 2015 | Xpress Reviews

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Not a book to pack, Lonely Planet’s Best Travel 2015 might help readers choose a destination

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

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The best books of the year, as chosen by LJ’s review editors, in the case of the top ten and the best of the rest, and by our reviewers and columnists, in the case of genre fiction and nonfiction. A fully annotated version of these lists will appear in upcoming LJReviews enewsletters and in the December issue of LJ.

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 […]

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