In the Bookroom

A collaborative blog covering books, media, and publishing, including early previews of the hottest titles by Library Journal's review staffers, and op-eds and guest blogs by notable contributors. Follow us on Twitter: @LJReviews

Q&A with Carlene Thompson | Sponsored

Can't find my way home

Carlene Thompson’s latest, Can’t Find My Way Home, an intriguing suspense novel about family secrets and serial murders, is set to come out in February 2015 in the US. NOTE: This interview was sponsored by Severn House, and produced and published by LJ.

Cultivating the Best Habits | What We’re Reading

Better Than Before

LJ/School Library Journal staffers burnish their reading chops and cross off more titles from their 2014 TBR lists this week.

Dark Days of December | What We’re Reading

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This week as winter tightens its grip, the School Library Journal/LJ staffers map out real and unreal worlds, learn how not to report a story, find ways to clean up your living space, and plan for future Newbery Awards.

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

The Girl Next Door

As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

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A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

Unreliables, Trains, Spools, Girls, and Help for the Haunted | What We’re Reading

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Here’s what LJ staffers can’t stop reading this week.

Bone Clocks, Bullying, Plumbing, and Necromancy | What We’re Reading

The Skull and the Nightingale

What LJ/SLJ/JLG staff and their families are reading this week!

Opening Locked Drawers with Patricia Cornwell | Behind the Book

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Nearly 25 years and 22 books later, Cornwell’s series featuring brilliant medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a mainstay of the crime fiction genre and widely considered to be the catalyst for the increasingly popular forensic thriller subgenre.

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.

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