From Abraham to Pope Francis to Buddhisms, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, October 1, 2015


The big story continues to be Pope Francis, by whom and about whom works continue to appear, as his humility shakes up the Roman Catholic Church and his career shines a new light on his avowed model, St. Francis of Assisi.

Haunting Halloween Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2015


Looking for some new voices in horror to suggest to patrons this Halloween? Here are six satisfyingly scary recent debuts that showcase the vibrant state of today’s horror.

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015


Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, September 2015

Cast your eye on Watchman, in the top spot; Coates’s treatise enters nonfiction at No. 2

Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks


A smartly provocative dissection of the entertainment business, a haunting meditation on memory and loss, Oscar nominee Timbuktu for best foreign film is leisurely paced but accessible, White God is doggone good.

Cho’s Debut of the Month, Series from the Griffiths, Hunter, Weber, & Others | SF/Fantasy Reviews, September 15, 2015


THIS MONTH WE MULL the role and types of series in sf and fantasy. Regardless of their challenges, series are essential to speculative fiction and something all librarians should understand.

Chefs Bittman, Boyle, Elliot, Ottolenghi, Ronnen, & Others | Cooking Reviews, September 15, 2015


Bittman’s unconventional cookbook can help proficient cooks develop ideas, MasterChef Elliot’s hearty, classic dishes, Ottolenghi’s latest will challenge readers, Solomonov writes candidly about personal struggles and professional breakthroughs.

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015


The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The Long and Short of It: Short Stories by Novelists | The Reader’s Shelf, September 15, 2015


Treat yourself to some economical yet substantial works by popular novelists. These shorts can be savored in less time than it takes to do a load of laundry or run to the grocery store.

Location Drawing, T-Shirt Crafts, Chicken Coops, First Homes, & more | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2015


Art instruction with wide appeal potential; a must-have in libraries serving home builders; Leins’s standout quilting book stand out; clearly presented heirloom sewing techniques; clever ideas developed by amateurs will motivate others to tackle their own spaces