In the Bookroom

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Strange Boys, Vanishing New York, Brollies, and IT | What We’re Reading & Watching  

A jewel in the slush pile, a killer clown, New York’s soul, umbrellas, and some lit for bored and brilliant kids.

Indie Halloween Reads | SELF-esteem

A good Halloween read can mean many things. Some readers are looking for scares that will keep them up at night, while others want to feel the coziness of autumn in a more lighthearted romp. Evil can come in the form of zombies and monsters, or you can root for well-meaning witches and ghosts. LJ’s SELF-e Select runs the gamut for a well-rounded literary experience this October.

Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland Probes American Society & Politics

Kurt Andersen’s latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, investigates the current state of American society, factors leading up to the Trump presidency, and the influence of mass media, past and present.

Eric Reynolds: Fantagraphics Books | Eye on Publishing

Passionate, informed, and with a palpable commitment to turning his artistic vision into reality, Eric Reynolds is not shy when it comes to discussing the value of comics, which he sees as a medium with a fundamental purpose: to make art.

Baby Drivers, Hippo Farms, Former Manhattans | What We’re Reading & Watching

Coast into the Labor Day weekend with romanticized cityscapes, superheroes and superheroines, mythical creatures, and reading outside our comfort zones.

Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

LJ Talks to Daniel Mendelsohn

Author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn’s literary memoir An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic tells at least two stories. At 81, Mendelsohn’s father, a retired research scientist, decided to sit in on his literature professor son’s Odyssey seminar at Bard College. After that, the father-son duo retraced Odysseus’s route on a Mediterranean sea cruise.

Lez Get Literary | SELF-esteem

While the umbrella term LGBTQ encompasses numerous identities, it only begins to address the diversity among marginalized communities. Fortunately, the rise of self-publishing allows for broader representation, particularly from “own voices.” The three f/f titles reviewed below, available through SELF-e, showcase both the hardships and successes faced by lesbian characters.

SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Historical Titles in SELF-e Select

A Q&A with author Jane Davis, plus the top historical fiction novels being read through SELF-e Select, a subscription-based digital discovery platform that culls the best self-published submissions. To bring SELF-e to your library, visit the SELF-e website.

Sun, Moon, Stars | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” gang dons the safety glasses and checks out eclipse titles and more this week.