LJ Media Reviews: April 15, 2017

Doctorow was a master of the short form, check out his Collected Stories; in the current climate of threatening immigration bans and civil rights violations, Muslim Girl is essential; a poignant yet positive film recommended for viewers interested in Los Angeles and criminal justice; Sherlock and Cumberbatch; it’s elementary

2017 Audie Award nominees

Nominees for the 2017 Audie Awards

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

Audiobooks from Higgins and Woods, and a Double Shot of Patterson’s Bookshots | Xpress Reviews

Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only; two winners for Patterson fans and admirers of the Bookshots series; recommended for public libraries where Woods is popular

Cinema Paradiso, Buster Keaton, and a Slow-Burning Ixcanul | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Tornatore’s beloved classic finally debuts on Blu-ray; this topical “slice of life” drama errs on the side of underplaying but is unexpectedly ­poignant; Bustamante’s slow-­burning drama unfolds at a measured pace; Olmi’s paean to the peasant life, fittingly told in an unflashy style

LJ Media Reviews: April 1, 2017

Collins’s murder probes get painted The Color of Justice; the promise of more Ava Logan mysteries will be music to the ears of mystery lovers; an excellent chronicle of determination and adherence to personal vision; a jewel heist goes awry in Huston’s restored The Asphalt Jungle

Audiobooks by Brontë, Foster, Gregory, Griffin & Butterworth, White, & More | Xpress Reviews

A nonessential Jane Eyre; A surprising political/sf thriller that literally keeps you guessing until the last sentence; for public libraries with a demand for Gregory’s novels or other historical fiction; for those trying to improve their cultural literacy; recommended for readers who are experiencing a “crisis of meaning”

Audiobooks by Gardner, Hall, Law, Parker, and Perry | Xpress Review

Will appeal mostly to Gardner’s fans seeking a quick fix; Hall’s “Puzzle Lady” title is fun and true to series form; Law continues her mystery series featuring painter Francis Bacon; Public libraries should strongly consider the latest Perry

Sisters, Lies, & Dreams |YA Audio Coming in May

Being honest with yourself, taking a chance on change, making a run for it—these themes and more are explored in the crop of audiobooks for young adults coming out this May

Kings of the Court & Loving Lizards | Middle Grade Audio Coming in May

Titles from Rita Williams-Garcia, Matt Christopher, Gail Carson Levine, and more coming to audio this spring.