Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Arts in Education | Video Reviews, June 15, 2016

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An outstanding chronicle of teaching, learning, and creating high-quality collaborative art; an essential purchase for any dance or arts advocacy collection, PS Dance will be enjoyed as well by a general audience

Last Chance To Grab Your 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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If you’re heading to the American Library Association conference in Orlando this week, don’t forget to take along the 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide, whether as a download or a printout. There is one important addendum to the guide: Patrick Phillips will be signing Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, on […]

Missy Franklin, Siri Hustvedt, Dava Sobel | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2106, Pt. 3

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Franklin, Missy & others. Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion. Dutton. Dec. 2016.320p. ISBN 9781101984925. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101984932. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR Having won five medals—including four golds—at the London Olympics, Franklin will be one of the highest-profile members of the U.S. Olympics team in Rio this summer. Meanwhile, she’s just gone […]

Last of the Year’s Pop Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Clement, Blaize & John Clement. The Cat Sitter and the Canary: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250051172. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466852037. MYSTERY In the 11th installment of the pet-sitting Dixie Hemingway mysteries, written since Blaize’s death by her son John, Dixie and her Lhasa apso buddy, Charlie, go to […]

Octopuses, Evolution, and the Roosevelts | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Farrar. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780374227760. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374712808. SCIENCE A professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney, Godfrey-Smith is also a […]

Audio Only | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate audiobook month with an intriguing format—audio only. Written to be heard rather than read, these works offer listeners uniquely transporting experiences.

Sugar, Fat, & Flavor | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Lohman, Sarah. Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. S. & S. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781476753959. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476753980. COOKING As a historical gastronomist, Lohman has worked her way through cookbooks, manuscripts, and various economic, scientific, political, and religious tracts dating from the 1700s to understand what’s cooking in America. And despite […]

Block Collects Stories Inspired by Hopper Paintings & More | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Pegasus. Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781681772455. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Thrillmeister Block here collects 17 newly commissioned stories written in response to Edward Hopper’s moody, sometimes desolate paintings. The authors include Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, […]

Richard Fortey & Val McDermid | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Fortey, Richard. The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature. Knopf. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781101875759. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101875766. SCIENCE As evidenced by a stack of awards, including the 2002 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, Fortey can make science sing, and his books always sell well. His new work […]

United for Libraries Author Panels at ALA 2016

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For the past two decades, United for Libraries (which started life as Friends of the Library USA) has presented numerous lively author panels at the annual American Library Association conference. This year is no different, with panels ranging from debut authors to outstanding nonfiction to horror, and the President’s Program featuring John Hart is sure to […]

Gripping Nonfiction To Sweep Readers Away | Wyatt’s World

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Summer reading tends to lean heavily toward fiction, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of engrossing and mind-blowing nonfiction to take to the beach or consume while the air conditioner is blasting away. Here are five examples.

Documentary DVDs | Best Sellers, June 2016

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DVD views of Louisa May Alcott, English history, the Civil War, and Janis Joplin

“Doom” Returns | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, June 15, 2016

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As game design technology grows more sophisticated, old favorites are reimagined with better developed stories, more robust graphics, and new gameplay mechanics. This gives us a chance to breathe new life into the games we love the most. The latest such franchise to get this treatment is Doom.

Murder Times Two, Malick’s “New World,” Resnais’s “Night and Fog,” & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, June 1, 2016

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From The Adderall Diaries to My Golden Days and The New World

Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers | Reference eReviews, June 1, 2016

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Despite a few usability concerns, these five collections are exceptional additions to America’s Historical Newspapers and are highly recommended for academic libraries seeking to expand their primary source coverage in history.

Musical Arrangements | Music Matters, June 1, 2016

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Pam Swaidner, manager of cataloging and metadata at the Indianapolis Public Library, and Lhisa Reish, senior cataloging specialist at Timberland Regional Library, WA, talk about the choices their libraries have made regarding music cataloging and why.

LJ’s Self-Publishing Survey | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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LJ reached out to public librarians in a recent survey to get their take on how self-published titles are represented—or not—in their own collections.

Books in Demand at BookExpo America 2016

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Publishers bring to BookExpo America the books they most want to promote, but attendees always have their favorites. To the prevailing question, What were the big books at BEA?, here are some answers. First, it’s no surprise that in-demand titles included MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a reenvisioning of slavery in America; NYPL […]

LJ’s Indie Ebooks Awards 2016

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LJ is hosting its second Indie Ebook Awards, celebrating the best self-published titles in the following genres: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA.