Current and Forthcoming Titles | Titan Books


Akers, Tim. The Pagan Night. (The Hallowed War, Bk. 1.) Titan. Jan. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9781783297375. $14.95. ebk. ISBN 9781783297399. FANTASY/EPIC Nearly ten years in the making, this epic fantasy by the North Carolina–born son of a theologian puts us in a Braveheart world ruled ruthlessly by the Church. But gheists still roam the land, […]

American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820–1922; The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research | Reference eReviews, November 1, 2015


With unique content combined with the superb quality and accessibility, American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820–1922 is a remarkable product; The Sage Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research isn’t quite as universal as the publisher claims

Cambridge Archive Editions; Kanopy Streaming | Reference eReviews, October 1, 2015


Cambridge Archive Editions, aimed at serious scholars, will be most beneficial to research institutions and their libraries. Kanopy’s diversity of licensing models makes this an excellent choice for streaming video for K–12 institutions and especially colleges and universities.

Archivist of the Underground | Music Matters, November 1, 2015


V. Vale talks with LJ about his nearly two score years of independent publishing experience

DiSclafani, Erdrich, Haddon, Joe Hill, & Fargo’s Hawley | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1


DiSclafani, Anton. The After Party. Riverhead. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781594633164. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698161238. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY DiSclafani’s daring debut, the much proclaimed and New York Times best-selling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a coming-of-age story set in the 1930s South. Her new work, set in oil-rich 1950s Texas, features a […]

Sean Carroll, Janine di Giovanni, Roxane Gay, Mark Kurlansky, Nathaniel Philbrick | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1


Carroll, Sean. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton. May 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780525954828. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698409767. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SCIENCE A theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, Carroll won the Royal Society Winton Prize for The Particle at the End of the Universe, his […]

Award-Worthy Literary Gems | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1


Amend, Allison. Enchanted Islands. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780385539067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539074. LITERARY Born to immigrant parents in 1882 Minnesota, Frances Frankowski ran away from home as a teenager and on the eve of World War II was working as a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she […]

Audiobooks | Best Sellers, November 2015


Watchman, The Wright Brothers, Spider’s Web, Naked Greed

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan Present The Red Web at Columbia University

The Red Web at Columbia Univ

Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries (PublicAffairs, 2015), discussed their book at Columbia University on Tuesday, October 20th. The event was presented by the university’s Harriman Institute and hosted by institute director Alexander Cooley. The authors, Russian journalists with extensive […]

Editors’ Picks: Your Next Big Reads from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House


Janice Y.K. Lee returns after her New York Times best-selling The Piano Teacher with The Expatriates, about three American women in Hong Kong. Beloved Miniaturist author Jessie Burton links characters in 1930s Spain and 1960s London. New Yorker contributor Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen, a popular galley at ALA, introduces big-hearted Veblen, her brilliant neurologist […]

O’Nan in Jerusalem, a Newly Discovered Tolkien, Abu-Jaber’s New Memoir, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Abu-Jaber, Diana. Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family. Norton. Apr. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780393249095. $26.95. MEMOIR Abu-Jaber, a fiction writer known for sparkling award winners like Crescent, has also given us the luscious memoir The Language of Baklava. Here she continues wrapping her discussion of love and identity in the sweet […]

Debut Novels, in Love, War, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Donovan, Kemper. The Decent Proposal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391629. $25.99. POP FICTION At 29, wannabe Hollywood producer Richard Baumbach has little to show for his efforts but remains cockily assured of success, while 33-year-old Elizabeth Santiago will surely make partner at her law firm but barely deviates from her ordered life. (One big […]

British Royals, American Jihadists, Humanitarian Doctors, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Andersen, Christopher. Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne. Gallery: S. & S. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476743950. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476743974. BIOGRAPHY/ROYALTY Anderson, the author of 16 New York Times best sellers, including William and Kate and The Day Diana Died, has a way with royalty of all sorts. Here he gives […]

International Politics | Reference eReviews, October 15, 2015


THE WORLD STAGE —as it plays out on television, in the newspapers, and online—seems to be seething with conflict and social and economic volatility.

2016 Carnegie Medals Short List Announced


The American Library Association (ALA) announced its short list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, honoring books written for adults and published in the United States in the previous year. In a departure from previous years, the two medal winners will be revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits […]

New Novels from Divakaruni & Graham Swift, McBride on James Brown, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Blum, Howard. The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 544p. ISBN 9780062307675. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062307798. HISTORY A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the Edgar Award-winning American Lightning and the New York Times best seller Dark Invasion (hey, Bradley Cooper has optioned […]

Popular Reading from Baldacci to Chiaverini to Rollins | Fiction Reviews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Baldacci, David. The Last Mile. Grand Central. Apr. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781455586455. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586486. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586479. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In Memory Man, mega-best-selling author Baldacci introduced Amos Decker, a football player quickly wiped off the field by a terrible injury who became a police detective and, after the murder of […]

The Working World, from Alibaba to Technology’s Impact | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: The Future of Work in the Twenty-First Century. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781250075802. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887190. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Economics correspondent for the Economist (recently promoted to news editor) and the primary contributor to its Free Exchange blog, Avent ranges worldwide to examine the impact of […]

Batter Up! | Games, Gamers, & Gaming


As a librarian, you can’t ignore sports games. The number of gamers who enjoy them may very well outnumber the fans of any other individual genre. In fact, “sports-only gamers” have always been a sizable chunk of the gaming world.

Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Award


On Tuesday, October 13, Marlon James made history by becoming the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47-year history. The decision was met with “spontaneous and rapturous applause,” said the BBC, when it was announced at a lavish awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. James won for his multivoiced A Brief History […]