From The Breaking Point to The Lovers to La Poison | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

The Breaking Point casts John Garfield at sea; in Fargo, a husband plans his wife’s demise; punk rocker Vicious and his gal are Sid & Nancy; E.L. Doctorow’s short story Wakefield stars Bryan Cranston

Dheepan, Zombies, Hitchcock, Oscar Winner Pelle, French Musicals | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Jacques Audiard’s realistic drama steadily builds toward a Taxi Driver–like denouement; Colm McCarthy’s meagerly distributed theatrical feature deserves a wider audience; Hitchcock’s rare “failure” proves to be more intriguing than some directors’ successes; French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy brilliantly embraces Hollywood conventions

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, August 2017

Brady’s riveting psychological debut chiller will wow thriller lovers; a must-read for DeMille’s many fans; Ribchester’s fascinating historical mystery is a sure bet for fans of Hitchcockian suspense; sexy, racy, and simmering with heart-pounding passion, Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; a Sip of Carr’s haunting first novel will leave readers hopeful for the future

Heal Thyself: Four Key Self-Help Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Chopra, Deepak  M.D., & Rudolph E. Tanzi. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Crown. Jan. 2018. 320p ISBN 9780451495525. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451495532. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SELF-HELP/HEALTH Having worked together on two big books, Super Brain and Super Genes, both the basis for PBS specials, Chopra and Tanzi […]

Preston/Child, Burke Pere & Fille, & More | Thriller Previews, Jan. 2018

Archer, Ursula & Arno Strobel. Strangers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2018. 320p. tr. from German. ISBN 9781250113061. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113078. THRILLER After foul play, a woman doesn’t recognize the man claiming to be her fiancé and not only wonders whether she should trust him but feels the need to attack him. And he begins […]

Book Lit: Five Looks at Reading | Wyatt’s World

Reading about reading is the best kind of busman’s holiday. These five titles convey the power and solace of literature and the intrigue of favorite characters made new. Plenty of backlist titles are also available, making this topic a reliable display idea.

Short Fiction to Debut Novel | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jan. 2018

MacArthur, Robin. Heart Spring Mountain. Ecco. Jan. 2018. 368p. ISBN 9780062444424. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062444455. LITERARY Winner of the PEN New England Book Award for Fiction, MacArthur’s Half Wild offered stories both complex and polished about women from the backwoods who want up and out. Her debut novel draws on the same milieu, featuring New […]

From Lampedusa to Black Lives Matter | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jan. 2018

Bartolo, Pietro & Lidia Tilotta. Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story. Norton. Jan. 2018. 224p. tr. from Italian by Chenxin Jiang. ISBN 9780393651287. $25.95. MEMOIR Born into a family of fishermen, Bartolo has run the only medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa for 25 years, tending to his fellow islanders while also helping […]

Middle Eastern Politics | Reference eReviews

Arab World Research Source: Al Masdar provides users of all levels with a comprehensive view of the material; Brill’s representation of the history and culture of the Middle East supplies the foundation for coursework and scholarship across a range of disciplines; seamless navigation to vital content throughout, along with the powerful Qur’an suite of tools, places Oxford Islamic Studies Online in a “must-have” category

United for Libraries Author Panels | ALA Annual 2017

As always, the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference featured well-attended author panels sponsored by United for Libraries, the ALA division representing library trustees, advocates, and friends groups. This year’s panels were distinguished by the ready exchange they engendered between authors and audience and among audience members as well. “Out and Proud: LGBTQ Literature” […]

Britannica Original Sources | Reference eReviews

This is a growing resource, and it’s to be expected that the content will evolve to represent a greater diversity of genders and ethnicities. A worthwhile purchase.

Cortés vs. Montezuma, Erasmus vs. Luther, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2018

Baatz, Simon. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780316396653. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316396677. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510677. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/TRUE CRIME The rape of 16-year-old chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit by womanizing architect Stanford White and White’s subsequent […]

Top Historicals, Horror from Koontz, Fashionable Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Bracht, Mary Lynn. White Chrysanthemum. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735214439. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214453. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL Of Korean heritage, Bracht boldly faces one of the ugly facts of World War II: the Japanese military forced 200,000 women into sexual slavery when it annexed Korea. In 1943, Hana, one of the […]

Omingraphics’ Health Series Online | Reference eReviews

Omnigraphics’ Health Reference Series is a valuable medical resource, but a trial period is recommended before a final decision is made regarding purchase.

Bradley, Benjamin, Finn, Johnson, Joyce | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2018

Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalists. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735213180. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735213197. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION Having won the Edna Ferber Prize for The Anatomy of Dreams, Benjamin came up with a second novel that caught fire at BookExpo—it was, in fact, a BE Buzz Book—and has already been bought by the […]

Worldwide Mystery | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Camilleri, Andrea. The Pyramid of Mud. Penguin. Jan. 2018. 272p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143128083. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698195882. MYSTERY When storms flood a construction site, a man shot in the back is found in one of the huge pipes, effectively a tunnel, that forms part of the site’s water supply […]

Wonder Woman, Wonderfully Reinvented | RA Crossroads

Already shaping up to be a cultural touchstone, the new Wonder Woman film illustrates the deep draw of bravery and honor while exploring superhero action and the heroic journey of coming of age.

Worthy YA Heroines | SELF-esteem

The Marauders’ Island

The female protagonists who helm YA novels come from different walks of life with a variety of experiences that help them overcome their circumstances. Here are two, featured in LJ’s SELF-e Select, who are bound to make an impression.

Tournament Season, Part 1 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Summer is a great time for gaming programs. Kids are out of school, your patrons are probably accustomed to increased volume and activity, and the longer days mean you’ll get more foot traffic later in the day.