Race, Education, & the Prison System | Social Science Reviews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 1

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Faderman, Lillian. The Gay Revolution:The Story of the Struggle. S. & S. Sept. 2015. 512p. ISBN 9781451694116. $35. SOCIAL HISTORY Winner of six Lambda Literary Awards, two Stonewall Book Awards from the American Library Association, and Yale’s James Robert Brudner Memorial Prize and Lecture for Exemplary Scholarship in Lesbian/Gay Studies, among other honors, Faderman is […]

Where Are You Escaping To? | French on Fridays

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For about a year and a half, I’ve been acting as book inquirer with my colleagues, asking them what they’re reading, and wheedling and coaxing them to share it with our readers. But am I content with what they’re reading? NOOOOO….I’m insatiable: I want to hear from EVERYBODY. So I’m venturing outside the offices to ask you about What You’re Reading.

Downton Abbey, Music and Sports Histories, Vietnam in Pictures, plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, March 1, 2015

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The times are definitely changing—Downton has even acquired a wireless! The intertwined histories of rocker Billy Joel, the New York Mets, and Shea Stadium; the history of beloved smoked-fish emporium Russ & Daughters.

Follett’s Trilogy Conclusion, Huston’s Hollywood, a Literary Lovett | Audiobook Reviews, March 1, 2015

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Follett’s characters are an all-too-human blend of youthful idealism and self-indulgence; listeners are catapulted into Huston’s star-studded world; Austen lovers, mystery fans, and romance buffs will thoroughly enjoy Lovett’s love story.

Michele Cobb named APA executive director

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Michele Cobb has been named executive director of the Audio Publishers Association following her tenure as the organization’s president. Executive director is a new position that was formerly part of an outside management company.  Cobb owns MLC Consulting, which provides PR, sales, marketing, and business development services for the publishing industry, and is a frequent speaker at audiobook […]

Early Summer Catch-Up: Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us

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Every season, some titles pass me by, usually because they are dropped into the schedule too late for me to feature in a given month. Publishing in June, Annie Barrows’s The Truth According to Us (Dial. 512p. ISBN 9780385342940. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812997842) is one title I don’t want you to miss. Fans of the […]

Alaa Al Aswany, Adi Alsaid, Belinda Bauer, Jack Canfield, Susan Casey, Amitav Ghosh, Eli Gottlieb, Mary Kubica | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Al Aswany, Alaa. The Automobile Club of Egypt. Knopf. Aug. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780373211548. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460379370. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Published here in 2004, Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building was a best seller in the Arab world for five years and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006; the Times (London) recently […]

Linda Fairstein, Sophie Hannah, Michael Koryta, & More | Essential Thriller Titles, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Burdett, John. The Asset. Knopf. Aug. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780307272683. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353205. POLICE PROCEDURAL Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a Buddhist detective with the Royal Thai Police Force, returns after Vulture Peak for some seriously techy trouble. With female inspector Krom, as capable socially and technologically as he’s not, Sonchai peers through a raging typhoon at […]

Five Key Memoirs from Felicia Day, Smokejumper Jason Ramos, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Badkhen, Anna. Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah. Riverhead. Aug. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781594632488. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698142718. MEMOIR Award-winning reporter Badkhen often reports on war, and even when she’s not she goes to the edge in interesting ways; 2013’s The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan […]

Oxford Historical Treaties; Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences | Reference eReviews, February 15, 2015

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It’s hard to imagine why any academic library serving legal and history scholars wouldn’t subscribe to Oxford Historical Treaties; Elsevier delivers high-quality reference sources into one platform for a much easier user experience.

An Oprah Pick, an Editors’ Picks Webcast

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In case you missed the news, Cynthia Bond’s lustrous and heart-wrenching debut novel, Ruby, has been selected as the fourth book in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.Of course, you heard about it in Prepub Alert first, and I hope you’ve also seen LJ‘s starred review. For more insight in this novel, check out “Talking with Cynthia […]

Talking with Cynthia Bond About Her Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Pick, Ruby

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When beautiful Ruby Bell returns home to East Texas to wander barefoot along the red dirt roads, her mind seemingly gone and her black skin and lustrous black hair thick with dirt, she is scorned by the townsfolk, who set her up as an example of sinful aspiration to be avoided. But she attracts the […]

Haruki Murakami, Ian Rankin, Two New York Times Reporters as Debut Novelists, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Buck, Rinker. The Oregon Trail: An American Journey. S. & S. Aug. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781451659160. $28. HISTORY In the years 1845–1860, 400,000 pioneers traveled west along the Oregon Trail, moving 2,000 miles from Missouri to the Pacific in what has come to be regarded as the largest land migration in history. Buck, an award-winning […]

Mystery from Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Peter Robinson, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cha, Steph. Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250065315. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872066. MYSTERY Finally flaunting a bona fide detective license, Juniper Song gets a twisty case that has her tracking a young Armenian American woman named Lusig, hired as a surrogate by older cousin Rubina because […]

Literary Reads from Ivan Doig, Alice LaPlante, Andreï Makine, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Doig, Ivan. Last Bus to Wisdom. Riverhead. Aug. 2015. NAp. ISBN 9781594633638. $27.95. LITERARY Raised in the mid-1950s by his beloved grandmother in Montana’s Two Medicine Country, known to anyone who has read Doig’s big-sky novels, orphaned Donal Kyle feels as if he’s been tossed into cold water when Gram, recovering from surgery, sends him […]

From Soviet Intelligence to Hurricane Katrina | History Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 2

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Haslam, Jonathan. Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence. Farrar. Aug. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780374219901. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374710408. HISTORY Professor of the history of international relations at Cambridge, Haslam offers an overview of Soviet intelligence from the October Revolution to the end of the Cold War that encompasses not just the […]

Registration Open for the New Editors’ Picks Webcast: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins, the Penguin Publishing Group, and Random House LLC

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S.J. Watson’s Second Life. Erika Johansen’s The Invasion of the Tearling. Two debuts with 75,000-copy first printings. Titles drawn from the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the popular e-series The Underwriting. And new books by the authors of the best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Ready Player One. To […]

Revisiting Retro Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, February 15, 2015

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Gamers are a nostalgic lot, and they often wish to revisit their childhood favorites. Developing a chunk of your collection around these games is a great way to please players who fondly remember the original versions.

Oscar Nominee Boyhood, Broadway Performances, James Thurber, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Boyhood is a unique coming-of-age story; talented giants of the American stage; the essence of James Thurber; a vivid portrait of master art forger Mark Landis; the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz

EllRay Jakes, Clementine, & My Weird School | Audio in Advance Apr. 2015 | Early Elementary

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Gutman, Dan. Mrs. Yonkers Is Bonkers! (My Weird School, Bk. 18). Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781490629513. Read by Jared Goldsmith. Gr 1-5—In the latest “My Weird School” installment, Mrs. Yonkers, the computer teacher, is the nerdiest teacher in the history of the world. She can type with her feet! She even puts a webcam on a turtle! What’s […]

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