Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, October 2014

The Heist steals the top spot from The Goldfinch; Unbroken breaks back into No. 1.

Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying: Another Big Read Opportunity for Libraries

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has expanded its Big Read library with the addition of its first nonfiction selection, Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist published in 2007. In this family memoir, Danticat recounts being raised by her uncle Joseph in Haiti […]

Depression & Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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As with all scary and mysterious things, one of the safest ways to examine depression is through art. Depression is a classic theme in books, poetry, and music, but it’s also a burgeoning concept in video games.

Award Winners Cusk, King, Saramago | Fiction Reviews

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Cusk should be more familiar to American readers, and this novel is a solid start; King fans will rejoice that the horror master is back in fine form; Nobel Prize winner Saramago’s never-before-published first novel.

David Baldacci, Larry Kramer, Steven Millhauser, Mary Morris, & More | Barbaras Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Baldacci, David. Memory Man. Grand Central. Apr. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455559824. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586387. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455559794. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Important bulletin to all your thriller fans: mega-best-selling author Baldacci hits a milestone with his 30th adult novel and he launches a new series. His hero is Amos Decker, who has hyperthymesia—no, […]

Upmarket Fiction from Amit Chaudhuri, Emily Schultz, Adam Thirlwell, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Begley, Louis. Killer, Come Hither. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. 256p. ISBN 9780385539142. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539159. LITERARY/THRILLER In a departure from his smooth-as-melted-butter stories of New York’s stratospheric milieu (e.g., About Schmidt), Begley tries out a literary thriller starring Jack Dana, a Yalie turned marine officer turned successful novelist. Close to his uncle Harry, a […]

Memoirs from Bergen, Gooch, Julavits, Mulgrew, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 3

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Alexander, Elizabeth. The Light of the World: A Memoir. Grand Central. Apr. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9781455599875. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455599851. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579730. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Expect truth and beauty in this heartrending memoir from poet Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who recited her “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s […]

Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

Steve J. Martin on The Small Big | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Steve J. Martin is the director of Influence at Work in the United Kingdom; his work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wired. He is the coauthor, with Robert B. […]

Historical Gems (Balogh, Bourne), Stunning Contemporary (Higgins), Holiday Hits (Burrowes, Novak) | Romance Reviews

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Small towns or cities, contemporary or historical, sweet or steamy, strictly realistic or graced with supernatural charm, there’s something here to match everyone’s tastes.

Essential Chillers from Iles, Indridason, Locke, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Brennan, Allison. Compulsion. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250035028. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035035. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even […]

From the Vietnam War to LGBT Rights | History & Current Events Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blehm, Eric. Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret’s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines. Crown. Apr. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780804139519. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780804139526. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY/MILITARY In 2012’s Fearless, Blehm chronicled SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown’s moment of supreme sacrifice […]

U.S. History, October 2014 | Best Sellers

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The City of Lights: Paris in Books | The Reader’s Shelf

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Paris seems a perfect destination for an in-place journey—language barriers fall aside, time periods pose little problem, and the nuances of the intoxicating city are revealed in all their glory.

Best Science Journalism, Recreational Mathematics, Hope for Sufferers of Ongoing Pain | Science & Technology Reviews

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A carefully curated collection deserving of a place on the shelves of libraries serving the scientifically curious, a mathematician and stand-up comic takes the reader on an entertaining voyage through many recreational topics.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.

Cooking, October 2014 | Best Sellers

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Blender girls, vegans and flexitarians, and eggs, oh, my!

Young and Hot: The National Book Foundation’s 2014 5 Under 35 Honorees

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Last week, in a special arrangement with BuzzFeed Books (because why not do something fun and different?), the National Book Foundation announced its 2014 5 Under 35 honorees. Past honorees include Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, and Paul Yoon, so it pays to attend carefully to these authors. This year’s group includes […]

Fiction from Elizabeth Berg, Alexander McCall Smith, Kimberly McCreight, Per Petterson, & Amanda Quick; Memoirs from Philip Glass & Judith Miller | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 1

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Berg, Elizabeth. The Dream Lover. Random. Apr. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780812993158. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679644705. HISTORICAL Berg, a library favorite—her Durable Goods and Joy School were both selected as ALA Best Books of the Year—does something completely different here. She offers a fictionalized account of the famous French novelist George Sand, reimagining her decidedly unconventional […]

Dickey, Dilloway, Macomber, & More | Big Commercial Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brackston, Paula. The Silver Witch. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250028792. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028808. HISTORICAL/PARANORMAL In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his […]

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