Brockmann, Durst, Silva, & Some Big Debuts | Pop Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Brockmann, Suzanne. Some Kind of Hero: A Troubleshooters Novel. Ballantine. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780345543820. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543837. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE After his onetime girlfriend’s death, former Navy SEAL Peter “Grunge” Greene gets custody of their daughter, Maddie, who goes teenage crazy and runs away from their new home in San Diego. Peter brings on […]

Paris to Palestine to America | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Begley, Adam. The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera. Tim Duggan: Hogarth. Jul. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101902608. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101902615. HISTORY Former books editor of the New York Observer, Begley offers the portrait of an artist as both celebrity and entrepreneur. Nadar was famed for iconic photographs of folks like Manet and Sarah […]

Awoke Reading: Celebrating African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture hosting record crowds, and a swath of important achievements by various artists and authors, Black History Month is particularly meaningful this year.

Keeping Your Collection Fresh | Music Matters, February 1, 2017

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Obviously, not all musicians are created equal in quality or in popularity. The goal is to create a representative collection that will be used—and this is where patron requests enter the picture. What are people asking for most often?

From Box to Tremayne | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 2

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Box, C.J. Paradise Valley. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250051042. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466851993. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Investigator Cassie Dewell is now jobless, the plan she set up for the Bakken County, ND, sheriff’s department to ensnare a serial killer called the Lizard King having badly derailed. So when a troubled boy […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 15, 2017

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Real-life advice for The Artist as Cultural Producer; an important addition to feminist theory; Nichols offers an exquisite example of revisionist history; starred and “marriage-minded” memoirs; from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat comes fun, varied, and great cooking

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 15, 2017

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Debuter Alyan beautifully illustrates the resilience of the human spirit; readers of Southern grit will enjoy Joy’s excellent sophomore outing; a stunning, sensual, thrilling final installment of the “Sea Haven: Sisters of the Heart” series; no writer is more skilled than Kiernan at conveying horrifying images in gorgeous language

The Nordic Way to Happy | Wyatt’s World

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On the heels of calm interventions such as adult coloring books and only keeping possessions that spark joy, a new lifestyle movement is afoot. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages finding meaning in the everyday.

Carnegie Medals, Notable Books List Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were announced on Sunday, January 22, at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the America Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits conference in Atlanta

Nobel Prize Winner Alexievich, Dublin Winner Sharma, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Alexievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Random. Jul. 2017. 384p. tr. from Russian by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky. ISBN 9780399588723. $30; ekb. ISBN 9780399588730. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY Winner of the Nobel Prize for her rich, incisive oral histories of the Soviet Union, Alexievich […]

14 Thrillers from Atkins to Toyne | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Atkins, Ace. The Fallen. Putnam. Jul. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399576713. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399576737. lrg. prnt. THRILLER A former army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, County Sheriff Quinn Colson suspects that the robbers conducting precision raids on banks in and around his Mississippi base are themselves former rangers. Seventh in an Edgar-nominated series that sells […]

Seven Great Beach Reads | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 1

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Fagone, Jason. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jul. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062430489. $27.99. HISTORY Now that The Imitation Game has familiarized everyone with the concept of code-breaking, it’s time to step back to its origins during World War […]

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 […]