First-Time Scares | The Reader’s Shelf

As we creep closer to Halloween, celebrate with some fresh and frightening tales. Stretching across a range of genres and styles and presenting different levels of terror, these debuts will satisfy a variety of readers looking for a scare.

Finding the Literary Limelight | The Reader’s Shelf

Fame in this industry can happen in many ways. Debuts can act as lightning strikes, making authors instantly celebrated. Often the already notable become writers on the side, carrying their star power onto the page.

Writing Wildlife | The Reader’s Shelf

Readers expect novels full of human characters, but fiction is populated with wildlife, too—from the fantastic to the real, the endangered to the extinct, and from companions to subjects and protagonists themselves.

LJ Reference | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

With the breadth of subjects covered, this coffee-table volume of Remarkable Books is for the curious adult mind but accessible enough for younger readers; an exceptional and well-organized work on Race in American Film; Migrations to New Worlds is a worthwhile database for colleges, universities, and large public libraries

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

This valuable and much-needed anthology is highly recommended for readers interested in folklore and African American history; a vital resource for writers and readers seeking a comprehensive exploration of the life cycle of the book; Murad provides a rare glimpse into the rich culture of the Yazidi; terrific new tools for both new and experienced dog owners; an engrossing cautionary tale for lovers of nature and the Great Lakes in particular

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

Wise, stellar, accomplished, Hadley’s collection will appeal to literary aficionados; all libraries would serve their patrons well by having Churchill & Orwell in their collections; a thoughtful exploration of the music of Palestine past and present; this Happy Film offers viewers good company, stimulating conversation fodder, and a dare to examine their own life goals

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

Allende puts a human face on the realities of illegal immigration, broken hearts, courage, and healing; Ellis has written a riveting tale that begs to be read in one sitting; Fans of the Brontës, Charles Dickens, and Victorian gothic fiction will enjoy Politano’s well-crafted debut; for fans of offbeat mysteries, Fowler’s long-running series continues to offer some of the best reading; Ata’s artistry can help readers understand how living with illness changes everything; another stunning achievement from an author who seems to produce only stunning achievements

Christmas Can Be Murder: 27 Tales of Yule

This year there’s plenty of homicide for the holidays, along with a pack of dog stories and all kinds of delicious holiday treats.

Everyday and Holiday Projects | Crafts/DIY Reviews

­Crafters looking for an abundance of holiday-themed projects suitable for decorating and gift-giving will find an array of ideas here; Susa’s approach to needle felting will give beginners the know-how to get started, but experienced felters will also appreciate her whimsical designs; Those who follow Wolfe’s advice will find themselves taking exciting risks with both color and piecing

Presidential Picks: Inside the Lives and Careers of America’s Leaders

Baime’s spotlight on an influential segment of the 21st century and the man who saw the country through it will be appreciated by most readers; a highly recommended book on Roosevelt’s political mind and mighty character; Whyte succeeds in creating a positive overview of Hoover’s long prepresidential service; this important work of American biography belongs on every library shelf