Under Self-Construction | Memoir

My Confection

This month’s memoirs are all about the authors finding their way (back) to wholeness and working toward a stable self-identity.

I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies by Illeana Douglas | LJ Reviews

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Douglas, Illeana. I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies. Flatiron. ISBN 9781250052919. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250053879. Memoir Gushy excitement alternates with sentimentality, self-celebration, and stand-up comedy rhythms in this movie-wrapped memoir by actress and occasional web series producer/director Douglas, who proudly and emotionally recounts her life as […]

What Is the Greatest British Novel Ever Written? Hint: The Author Is a Woman

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A BBC Culture poll of 82 international book critics named George Eliot’s Middlemarch as the greatest British novel ever written. Women writers performed especially well, making up nearly 40% of the top 100 books.

LibraryReads January 2016

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Some welcome nonfiction makes the first LibraryReads list of the new year, with librarians favoring Bill Bryson’s latest as one of January’s best reads. Beloved fiction authors make the list too, with titles by Elizabeth Strout, Dean Koontz, and Ian Rankin also on librarians’ bedside tables. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list […]

On with the Show | What We’re Reading

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This week, “What We’re Reading” staffers go to the movies (and to the theater, the zoo, and on a quick trip to the land of dragons) as antidote to real life.

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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  This year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss

Scenes from Scandinavia | LJ Reviews

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Viewers of police drama will find The Bridge riveting, only meager laughs in Welcome to Sweden

Brian Panowich | Debut Spotlight, December 1, 2015

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LJ caught up with Brian Panowich, author of the debut novel, Bull ­Mountain, a sweeping tale of a long-standing feud between brothers in the Appalachians of northern Georgia.

A Year in Books: Student Picks from 2015 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 1, 2015

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Mary Wilkes Towner and students in her Adult Popular Literature class at the School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, share their favorite titles of 2015.