Rescuing Books, Remembering Harper Lee, Adding Rum | What We’re Reading

Ettamumbutter

The readers at LJ/School Library Journal talk about the book they’d rescue from a fire and pay tribute to Harper Lee.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer | LJ Review

81QZ023luNL[1]

Hammer, an experienced journalist who knows Mali and its historic city of ­Timbuktu well, interweaves three astonishing stories, reflecting both the vulnerability and strength of a rich Islamic culture in West Africa.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren | LJ Review

labgirl

Jahren’s first book is a refreshing mix of memoir about her journey as a woman scientist and musings about plants, the central focus of her successful scientific endeavors.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | LJ Review

41AUFX_6PWL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200___1455223685_82956

In this charming modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Sittenfeld (Prep; ­American Wife) deftly brings Austen’s classic into the 21st century.

On the Court: Basketball, Past and Present | LJ Reviews

the legends club thumb

Four phenomenal books for basketball junkies, highlighting the history of the game from the legends of yesterday to the superstars of today.

All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister | LJ Review

all_the_single_ladies_9781476716565_hr__1454707483_58205

In this compelling narrative, Traister investigates how scores of single women have contributed to important social and political movements that have changed U.S. history—before and after Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir

SexwithShakespeare

Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.

Arab Jazz by Karim Miské | LJ Review

51Eip9Ndd7L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_[1]

Miské’s first novel, which won the ­English Pen Award, redefines noir at its darkest.

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)

51DGypdIUCL[1]

This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.

Editors’ Spring Picks 2016

ljx160202webEdpicksSlug1

From the Syrian cuisine of Aleppo and the rescued manuscripts of Timbuktu to women crime writers and the Broadway phenomenon that is Hamilton, these 33 new books have captured our imagination this season