Back Pocket RA: Poetry | Wyatt’s World

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Poetry kicks off the countdown to 2017 and a multiweek survey of titles not to miss. Suggest these books to anyone looking for a bit of space and reflection as the year fades away

The Year in Review: LJ’s Best Books of 2016

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Prepub Alert is designed to look forward—next week, I’ll start previewing June 2017 titles after my five-part coverage of May, always a hefty month. But now I’m stepping back to direct you to past titles. Library Journal‘s Best Books of 2016 is up and running, ready for your perusal. Aside from the Top Ten titles, […]

Hawkins, Simsion, Midwinter Keynoter Bell, & More | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Bell, W. Kamau. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. Dutton. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101985878; ebk. ISBN 9781101985892. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. MEMOIR/HUMOR Bell has been called “the most promising new talent in political […]

Ferris, Hadley, Khadivi, & More | Literary Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Craig, Charmaine. Miss Burma. Grove. May 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780802126450. $25. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Fifteen years after her internationally best-selling debut, The Good Men, Craig returns to tell the story of Burma from the 1940s to the 1960s from the perspective of Benny, Khin, and their daughter, Louisa. Intriguingly, she draws from the life of her own […]

Politics, Sports, & Otis Redding | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 5

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Gould, Jonathan. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life. Crown Archetype. May 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780307453945. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780307453969. Downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY/MUSIC Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding’s landmark performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival—and with the last year of his tragically short life—this book investigates the contributions of a […]

Women Composers, Part 3 | Music Matters, December 2016

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In this final installment of this three-part series exploring women composers, we’ll focus on women currently pushing the boundaries of music and ­composition

SAGE Video | Reference eReviews, November 15, 2016

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Libraries that support online curriculum development or serve faculty that engage in online content sharing and classroom support may find the addition of the SAGE Video platform to be of special value

Next Force Awakens: What To Watch, Read, Listen To | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, all things Star Wars lead me down a winding path.

Hearing About Haunting | Audiobook Reviews, December 2016

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Jon Lindstrom’s narration is serviceable enough, but patrons may be better advised to stick to the page; Lehto’s book will probably not satisfy true crime devotees but would be an adequate listen for those new to the topic

Caputo, Chevalier, Russo, & Up-and-Coming Segal | May 2017, Pt. 4

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Caputo, Philip. Some Rise by Sin. Holt. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781627794749. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627794756. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A journalist who shared a Pulitzer with a team reporting on election fraud in Chicago and perhaps best known for his memoir A Rumor of War, Caputo also writes sharp, politically informed fiction, and his […]

Librarians, the West Bank, Anxiety, Segregated America | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cassidy, Kyle & Ronald Rice, ed. This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. Black Dog and Leventhal: Hachette. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780316393980. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316393997. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316464260. LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE In 2014, author/photographer Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate called […]

Cameron, Kenyon, Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, May 2107, Pt. 4

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Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog’s Way Home. Forge. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765374653. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466842984. POP FICTION/FAMILY LIFE New York Times best-selling author Cameron has written books like A Dog’s Purpose (look for the film) and A Dog’s Journey, so it’s no surprise that his new work stars an adorable pit bull puppy […]

Franken, Sidibe, Tambor, & More | Memoir Previews, May 2017, Pt. 4

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Falcone, Ben. Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours. Dey Street: HarperCollins. May 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780062473622. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473608. MEMOIR The actor and writer/director of The Boss and Tammy and husband of Melissa McCarthy, with whom he is producing the comedy pilot Nobodies, Falcone shares stories both […]

Cookbook Countdown Concludes | Wyatt’s World

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Just in time to wrap up final preparations for the seasonal feast are these five don’t-miss cookbooks

Nesbo, Strout, & Four Big Science Titles | Barbara’s Picks, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Nesbø, Jo. The Thirst. Knopf. May 2017. 352p. tr. from Norwegian by Neil Smith. ISBN 9780385352161. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385352178. THRILLER Back in the swing after 2014’s Police, which saw tough Oslo detective Harry Hole battling a killer planning to wreak vengeance on the police, Harry again helps out the force when a serial killer […]

From Brown to McMahon to Swinson | Thriller Previews, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Brown, Dale. Price of Duty. Morrow. May 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780062441973. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062441980. lrg. prnt. THRILLER From deep within the Ural Mountains, the Russian president launches a series of cyberattacks on the West, starting with a strike that obliterates nearly every Polish bank account, bringing Poland’s economy to a grinding halt. With the […]

Down on Earth, Up in Space | Nonfiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 3

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Al-Khalili, Jim, ed. Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Picador. May 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781250109637. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781250109651. SCIENCE/ESSAYS Life on Mars (or anywhere else in the universe)? This book is not a pop-pulp answer to that perennial question. A highly regarded British theoretical physicist with 90,000 Twitter followers […]

International Baking Books | Wyatt’s World

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If international baking is on the Thanksgiving menu, here are five titles to explore.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 2016

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If you purchase one art book that will inspire, educate, and epitomize nature, this is the one to get; Coretta Scott King’s My Life, My Love, My Legacy shines a light on King’s devotion and determination; Kolan’s hopeful, struggle-against-the-odds story will find a library audience

Looking Back at 2016 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, November 15, 2016

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It’s been a big year in gaming: big surprises, big successes, and, unfortunately, some big disappointments. Let’s take a look back at the moments that made 2016 the incredible year for games, gamers, and gaming that it was.