Bat, a Boy; Ree, a Girl; and The Tooth Fairy | Early Grade Titles

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From a bat boy to the tooth fairy and missing best friends, early grade fiction sounds fine.

Reviewers of the Year 2016

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A huge thank you to all our contributors, and special recognition to those who made this year even more outstanding. Interested in joining the LJ reviewing team? Click on the article for further details.

Russia: 100 Years Later | Collection Development: Soviet History, January 2017

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Spanning two continents, 11 time zones, and more than 100 nationalities, Imperial Russia crumbled in 1917 while the empire was still mired in World War I. These 30 titles will recount Soviet history upon this monumental anniversary.

Punch-Drunk Love, Mia Madre & The Best of Cinerama | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, January 2017

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Carefully restored classics, family predicaments and absurdities with well-staged comic relief; and big name actors such as Adam Sandler, John Turturro, and Emma Thompson, makes this collection wonderfully diverse

Best Media 2016: Video Games

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This year was a challenging year for games, gamers, and gaming everywhere, according to LJ’s gaming columnist M. Brandon Robbins. Some controversial releases that failed to deliver on developers’ promises cast a dark shadow on what would have otherwise been a stellar year. Fortunately, we still have a lot of great titles that came out in 2016, and they’re definite must-haves for your gaming collection. As you move into next year, be sure to pick up these essentials for your patrons to enjoy.

Best Media 2016: Music

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Music columnists Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple score their Top Five albums of 2016, which include artists Beyoncé, Nick Cave, and Bruno Mars, along with a slew of Honorable Mentions to keep users glued to their devices. Will we ever see the end of Hamilton?

Best Media 2016: Audiobooks

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We thank our hardworking reviewers for coming up with a list of the top 20 audiobooks of the year, among them Tracy Chevalier’s hard-hitting At the Edge of the Orchard and Helen Oyeyemi’s interconnected tales in What Is Not Your Is Not Yours, as well as Jennifer Boylan’s story of her transition, She’s Not There, with an afterword written and read by Richard Russo, and Matthew Desmond’s LJ Top Ten Best Book Evicted, about precarious housing in Milwaukee.

LJ Media Reviews: January 2017

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Atwood updates The Tempest in Hag-Seed; for fans of gentle romance who want a story with substance; a must-see for art lovers; can Ross Poldark survive a new season?; this film is a must-have for every public library

Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Video Reviews, December 2016

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A survey of some of the top foreign & indie movies, brought to you by reviewer Jeff T. Dick, including For the Love of Spock, a touching tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Cara Hoffman, George Saunders, & Salman Rushdie | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Fiction

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Fiction audiobooks publishing in February 2017