Reading Novels One, Two, Three | Wyatt’s World

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Debut novels are delightful because they promise future works to follow. Second books then confirm the hope of the first, while third novels launch a career. Here are five titles that combine such offerings, introducing readers to fresh voices and proving the power of authors who have more to say.

Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced

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On January 20, at the Penguin Random House Librarian Reception at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, the Penguin Random House (PRH) Foundation will be announcing the recipients of its inaugural Library Awards for Innovation. The awards honor library programming that strengthens the community while fostering reading, with both the library and the librarian behind the programming acknowledged.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Lisa Lucas: the National Book Foundation and Libraries

In March, Lisa Lucas will complete her first year as executive director of the National Book Foundation (NBF). Lucas took the reins of the nonprofit, which oversees the 67-year-old National Book Awards (NBA), when Harold Augenbraum stepped down. She has her sights set on further enlarging NBF’s reach; LJ caught up with Lucas to find out more about what she has planned and how libraries fit into the NBF’s vision.

Eight Great Beach Reads | Pop Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Cantero, Edgar. Meddling Kids. Doubleday. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780385541992. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542005. Downloadable: Random Audio. SUPERNATURAL/THRILLER They certainly sound like the meddling kids of Scooby Doo fame, but the Blyton Summer Detective Club (from a small mining town in Oregon) seem a bit darker. In 1990, more than a decade after their last […]

ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide on Its Way

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The ALA Midwinter Galley and Signing Guide, all but ready and arriving any moment, offers a list of nearly 200 galleys and books plus in-booth signings from top publishers. The guide should help you negotiate the show floor, and even if you aren’t going to Midwinter, it’s fun to see what publishers are pushing. So […]

Science, Sports, & Politics | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & David Fisher. Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court. Grand Central. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781455542277. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781455542253. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538727270. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. SPORTS Sports great, New York Times best-selling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Abdul-Jabbar goes back to 1965, when as 18-year-old […]

Brooks, Hilderbrand, Roberts, & More | Pop Fiction, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Baker, Angelica. Our Little Racket. Ecco. Jun. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9780062641311. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641335. lrg. prnt. FAMILY LIFE When the investment bank Weiss & Partners comes crashing down in 2008, the Greenwich, CT, world of CEO Bob D’Amico gets shaky, too. Teenage daughter Madison, plus Madison’s mother, best friend, and nanny and a family […]

Gardiner, Meltzer, Paris, & More | Thriller Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beck, Haylen. Here and Gone. Crown. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451499578. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780451499592. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER A woman fleeing an abusive marriage with her children is taken into custody by a shifty-looking Arizona sheriff who later denies that she had any children with her. To someone cross-country, it sounds spookily […]

Erotica, January 2017 | LJ Reviews

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As we say goodbye to 2016 and embrace the promise of a new year, this month’s titles see folks making deliciously risky resolutions of their own. Penthouse’s two new erotic anthologies are bursting with frisky fun, while on the darker side of erotica, a traumatic event shakes Milla and Lex’s marriage to the core and Haley Portsmouth is finally free of a husband who lacked direction and interest in anything, including her

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

Six Top Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

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Greenlaw, Linda. Shiver Hitch. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250107565. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107572. MYSTERY Prominently featured as captain of a swordboat in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm, Greenlaw is author of several nonfiction titles, e.g., the New York Times best-selling The Hungry Ocean, as well as the Jane Bunker mysteries. Here, Jane, […]

Back Pocket RA: The Year Concludes with Memorable Fiction | Wyatt’s World

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As 2016 nods its head in farewell, here are five novels that will long be read, well into next year, and the years beyond.

Back Pocket RA: Nonfiction | Wyatt’s World

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These five memorable titles span a wide range and are likely to be long remembered

Crafts, December 2016 | Best Sellers

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One-Skein Wonders®, Mason Jar Nation, Your Sharpie Style, and more

Performing Arts | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Aikman, Becky. Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781594206719. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698405639. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. FILM Former Business Week/Newsday reporter Aikman explains how 30-year-old production assistant Callie Khouri persisted in the face of considerable indifference to write a film […]

Nina George, Joseph Kanon, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Bialosky, Jill. Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir. Atria. Jun. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9781451693201. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781451693218. MEMOIR An award-winning poet and novelist, Bialosky had a New York Times best seller with her affecting memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Here she returns with another memoir. Treating poems as significant markers […]

Top Literary Fiction | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2017, Pt. 2

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Barzini, Chiara. Things That Happened Before the Earthquake. Doubleday. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780385542272. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385542289. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY The daughter of bohemian, film-loving parents who move her from Rome to the San Fernando valley as they try to make it big in Hollywood, Eugenia must navigate all-night raves, a shiny new […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: January 2017

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Pickett’s energy, creativity, and genius shine; this Rad Dad collective is a gem of inspired thought; 50 titles for Black History Month; this excellent book cuts through media hype and bias; the theories of emotion and the human brain set forth here are revolutionary

Back Pocket RA: Genre Fiction | Wyatt’s World

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The end-of-the-year countdown continues, with genre fiction taking center stage. Here are five novels from 2016 not to forget