2014 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

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Sunday, January 19, was Edgar Allen Poe’s 205th birthday; to celebrate the occasion, the Mystery Writers of America announced its nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allen Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.

Galley Guide Discoveries: 12 Spring Books You Shouldn’t Miss

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If Library Journal’s galley guides serve to bring good books to your attention, they also serve to bring good books to mine. Here are 12 books I discovered while compiling the ALA Midwinter guide. Take a look at them all.

Slanted Disclosure: The Politics of Political Books | Wyatt’s World

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Dishy, pointed, and studied takes on all aspects of the U.S. political fray.

New Year, New Stories | Memoir

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For five of this month’s six authors, this is a second or third memoir. What motivates this sharing of the good, the bad, and the ugly of life?

Janet Dailey, 1944–2013: Random Thoughts | In the Bookroom

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Library Journal‘s longtime romance columnist Kristin Ramsdell honors the passing of a genre pioneer.

A Girl Walks into a Bar, Nasty Boys, and The Initiation of Ms. Holly | Erotica

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LJ is once again venturing into new territory, as we did with e-original reviews two years ago, with a quarterly column covering what our reviewer considers the best of current erotic fiction (this first foray is just a taste). We will try diligently to keep the lines distinct between erotica and erotic romance; our romance coverage will continue in its six-times-a-year frequency. If the craze for all things erotic is still strong in your library, we trust these reviews will help with those “prickly” collection decisions. Feel free to blush!

Living Large and Defying Death | Books for Dudes

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Don’t let full-blown sucky December bring you down, dude—grab a book and relax.

Adventures in Editorial Scholarship: An Interview with Sandra Spanier

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While letter collections are not new, it may take a writer like Hemingway, with a larger-than-life reputation, to bring attention to their value as literary companions.

Desperate Times | African American Fiction (and More)

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The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is especially true for December’s selections. Whether plunging into a gang war or jockeying to be plucked as a millionaire’s wife, the characters in these novels find themselves caught up in desperate situations. Some will turn to God and others will rely on superior firepower.

A Family More Dysfunctional Than Yours | Memoir

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Ah, the holidays. The time of year for twinkling lights, random acts of kindness, and generosity toward one’s fellow man. Or if that sounds more like a Hallmark Channel original movie than what you have planned for December (dodging cranky shoppers, shaking off passive-aggressive comments from family members, pretending to like ugly Christmas sweaters), then […]

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