Wonderful Returns: Five Novels by Beloved Authors | Wyatt’s World

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If discovering a new author is a pleasure in part because of the promise of many books to come, a new work by a beloved writer whom one has followed for years is equal cause for celebration. Here are five new titles by writers readers likely know well.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) offers a wide range of reference material that can guide library users through processes such as estate planning, investing for the future, learning about tax incentives to start a small business, or rebuilding or improving a poor credit score.

Chaplin, Ikiru, Two from Améris, plus the Quay Brothers | Fast Scans, February 15, 2016

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Century-old testaments to the movie legend Chaplin; a humanist classic that belongs in most foreign-film collections; Marie’s Story and Stations of the Cross, both discretely affecting; 15 oddly surreal films

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, November 2015

Girls have it: …in the Spider’s Web, …on the Train, Luckiest…Alive; mental illness with the Kennedys and Lawson

Register Now for LJ’s PLA Author Party

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Two years ago, at the last Public Library Association conference, LJ launched a PLA Author Party. It’s time to party again! Thanks to sponsors Grove Atlantic, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and W.W. Norton, conference attendees will hear from authors Eleanor Brown, Justin Cronin, Heather Gudenkauf, Brad Watson, and more, then meet and mingle and […]

Delia Ephron, Laura McHugh, Cynthia Ozick, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Bennett, Claire-Louise. Pond. Riverhead. Jul. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780399575891. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399575914. SHORT STORIES Originally published by the Dublin press Stinging Fly, which has given us the likes of Kevin Barry and Colin Barrett, Bennett’s story collection attracted enough attention to get a book deal in Britain, where the Guardian called it “stunning.” This […]

Top Pop from Carriger, Harbison, Iggulden, Steel, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Banner, Catherine. The House at the Edge of Night. Random. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780812998795. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998801. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Having published the first in a YA trilogy when she was only 15, Banner goes adult at the veteran age of 25, offering a saga starring three generations of women striving to […]

Mystery from Linda Castillo to Tim Weaver | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250061577. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867277. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has a new assignment, to the dismay of her current squeeze, State Agent John Tomasetti. Posing as an Amish widow, she’s to infiltrate a remote […]

The Idiot Brain, Fashion Photography, the Microbiome, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Burnett, Dean. Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To. Norton. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780393253788. $26.95. COGNITIVE SCIENCE Ever popular, books about the brain typically extol its wonders, but Burnett lets us in on all the weird things it does, ranging from blackouts to insomnia, and all the mistakes we’ve made in trying […]

Reintroductions: Five Sophomore Efforts | Wyatt’s World

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One of the thrills of discovering a debut author is the hope of having found a writer to follow for years to come. Here is an early season sample of second works already published or forthcoming in 2016.

Jesse Ball, Jules Feiffer, Ruth Ware, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ball, Jesse. How To Set a Fire and Why. Pantheon. Jul. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101870570. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870587. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION If you didn’t know Ball’s off-kilter, engagingly experimental writing by the time 2014’s Silence Once Begun became a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Los Angeles Times Book […]

Thrillers from Megan Abbott to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Abbott, Megan. You Will Know Me. Little, Brown. Jul. 2016. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316231084. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316365918. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER After murder rips apart the gymnastics community shortly before 15-year-old aspiring Olympian Devon’s big competition, mom Katie attends to escalating rumors and the suddenly revealed allegiances among various parents. She’s also drawing closer […]

Literary Fiction from Prize Winners Hebert, Levy, Nadzam, Pollack, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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de Botton, Alain. The Course of Love. S. & S. Jul. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781501134258. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501134432. LITERARY Though de Botton is best known for books like The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust Can Change Your Life, he opened his writing career in 1993 with the novel Essays in Love (called On […]

From the U.S. Post Office to the Fall of the Shah | History Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 2

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Cooper, Andrew Scott. The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran. Holt. Jul. 2016. 624p. ISBN 9780805098976. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780805098983. HISTORY/MIDDLE EAST When it comes to Iran, Cooper knows his stuff; author of The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in […]

The 2015 National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

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On January 18, the National Book Critics Circle announced 30 finalists in six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for awards honoring the most distinguished books of 2015. While the inclusion of titles like Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk (Grove) in autobiography, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) in fiction, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 1, 2016

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New poetry from heavy hitters Ginsberg and Neruda; celebrate Love, feel The Happiness Effect; a breakthrough Cure that starts with the mind; shh…it’s The President’s Book of Secrets; around the world in eight books

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2016

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A grieving widow finds joy again Where She Belongs; the stunning and otherwise uneventful Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper; famous author sleuths return to the crime scene

The Art of Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Novels centered on the experiences and fortunes of the creative class (as well as the scandalous, notorious, and demanding) make for great reading. Here are five forthcoming titles featuring at their core artists of all kinds

Q&A: J.K. Ullrich | SELF-e

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J.K. Ullrich’s self-published debut, Blue Karma, is getting rave reviews. The novel won Library Journal’s first Self-Published Ebook Award in Science Fiction, Top Medalist Honors, and the New Apple Summer 2015 Ebook Award. In this interview, Ullrich discusses the world she creates, sf, and her own reading interests. Blue Karma is available to read on […]

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Notable Nonfiction & Poetry | ALA Midwinter 2016

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Check out LJ‘s reviews of the 2016 selections of RUSA’s (Reference and User Services Association) Notable Books List