Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

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According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Joan Pedzich | In Memoriam

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Going through this morning’s email I was dumbstruck by a notice that my longtime reviewer Joan Pedzich had died suddenly on Saturday, June 25. The email was from Joan’s husband, Bob. I was already reeling, but realizing that he thought to notify me the very next day pretty much did me in. Joan and I […]

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

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Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.

Junior Mints, J.S. Bach, Racial Cleansing, Hollywood High | What We’re Reading

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A quick “What We’re Reading” column before staffers go to ALA this year.

Anne Tyler | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2016

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Anne ­Tyler’s Vinegar Girl gives us the story of Kate Battista, a no-nonsense young woman who doesn’t aim to please, brusquely voicing her opinions at her job as preschool teacher and at home as housekeeper for her feckless scientist father and airheaded little sister.

Picture the Possibilities | Graphic Novels Preview 2016

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Nonfiction, memoir, even cookbooks show that the graphic novel format has grown far beyond the borders of its superhero roots. The capabilities are nearly limitless.

Tomes of the Brave | Memoir

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This month, all the memoir picks are about being brave, and the many forms that it may take. Even when dealing with heavy subject matter, the authors find light, humor, and meaning in their experiences.

Frisco, Chimps, Perfume, Translations, Suck Fairies, & More | What We’re Reading

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“What We’re Reading” has a lunch date with authors and a reading date with LJ and Junior Library Guild colleagues this week.

Feehan, Kleypas, Long, Shalvis, Debuter Kelly, plus Obits & RWA News | Romance Reviews, June 15, 2016

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If you work in a public library, things don’t really slow down in the summer, with the young folks out of school and summer reading programs in full swing. Still, if your summertime livin’ isn’t easy, there’s no reason why your readin’ can’t make the days a lot more fun.

Reading the World: Important Fiction in Translation Beyond the Best Sellers

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An arresting portrayal of totalitarian control; a charming and fabulist coming-of-age tale ends as a serious study of one artist’s struggle; Urroz’s fluid, propulsive language and passionate exploration of ideas unfolds a magnificent and heartfelt novel