From Lampedusa to Black Lives Matter | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jan. 2018

Bartolo, Pietro & Lidia Tilotta. Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story. Norton. Jan. 2018. 224p. tr. from Italian by Chenxin Jiang. ISBN 9780393651287. $25.95. MEMOIR Born into a family of fishermen, Bartolo has run the only medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa for 25 years, tending to his fellow islanders while also helping […]

Middle Eastern Politics | Reference eReviews

Arab World Research Source: Al Masdar provides users of all levels with a comprehensive view of the material; Brill’s representation of the history and culture of the Middle East supplies the foundation for coursework and scholarship across a range of disciplines; seamless navigation to vital content throughout, along with the powerful Qur’an suite of tools, places Oxford Islamic Studies Online in a “must-have” category

United for Libraries Author Panels | ALA Annual 2017

As always, the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference featured well-attended author panels sponsored by United for Libraries, the ALA division representing library trustees, advocates, and friends groups. This year’s panels were distinguished by the ready exchange they engendered between authors and audience and among audience members as well. “Out and Proud: LGBTQ Literature” […]

Britannica Original Sources | Reference eReviews

This is a growing resource, and it’s to be expected that the content will evolve to represent a greater diversity of genders and ethnicities. A worthwhile purchase.

Cortés vs. Montezuma, Erasmus vs. Luther, & More | History Previews, Jan. 2018

Baatz, Simon. The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jan. 2018. ISBN 9780316396653. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780316396677. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316510677. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. HISTORY/TRUE CRIME The rape of 16-year-old chorus girl Evelyn Nesbit by womanizing architect Stanford White and White’s subsequent […]

Top Historicals, Horror from Koontz, Fashionable Steel, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Bracht, Mary Lynn. White Chrysanthemum. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780735214439. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735214453. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL Of Korean heritage, Bracht boldly faces one of the ugly facts of World War II: the Japanese military forced 200,000 women into sexual slavery when it annexed Korea. In 1943, Hana, one of the […]

Omingraphics’ Health Series Online | Reference eReviews

Omnigraphics’ Health Reference Series is a valuable medical resource, but a trial period is recommended before a final decision is made regarding purchase.

Bradley, Benjamin, Finn, Johnson, Joyce | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2018

Benjamin, Chloe. The Immortalists. Putnam. Jan. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780735213180. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735213197. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY FICTION Having won the Edna Ferber Prize for The Anatomy of Dreams, Benjamin came up with a second novel that caught fire at BookExpo—it was, in fact, a BE Buzz Book—and has already been bought by the […]

Worldwide Mystery | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Camilleri, Andrea. The Pyramid of Mud. Penguin. Jan. 2018. 272p. tr. from Italian by Stephen Sartarelli. ISBN 9780143128083. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698195882. MYSTERY When storms flood a construction site, a man shot in the back is found in one of the huge pipes, effectively a tunnel, that forms part of the site’s water supply […]

Wonder Woman, Wonderfully Reinvented | RA Crossroads

Already shaping up to be a cultural touchstone, the new Wonder Woman film illustrates the deep draw of bravery and honor while exploring superhero action and the heroic journey of coming of age.

Worthy YA Heroines | SELF-esteem

The Marauders’ Island

The female protagonists who helm YA novels come from different walks of life with a variety of experiences that help them overcome their circumstances. Here are two, featured in LJ’s SELF-e Select, who are bound to make an impression.

Tournament Season, Part 1 | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Summer is a great time for gaming programs. Kids are out of school, your patrons are probably accustomed to increased volume and activity, and the longer days mean you’ll get more foot traffic later in the day.

Diski, Shafak, Laura Lee Smith, Yan Lianke | Literary Fiction Previews

Diski, Jenny. The Vanishing Princess: Stories. Ecco. Dec. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780062685711. pap. $15.99. SHORT STORIES British author Diski may not be a household name, but she has a following among the cognoscenti owing to her ten novels, short fiction, and five books of travel and memoir, and she’s highly regarded for her the incisive […]

LJ Fiction Reviews: July 2017

With her mordant wit and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch; Moriarty is a gifted author of singular talent; Garrett’s Hollywood Homicide is sure to be a hit with readers seeking a fresh new sleuth; newcomer Klein delivers the next compelling sf technothriller, pleasing fans of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Audiobook Month Concludes with Speed | Wyatt’s World

Wrap up audiobook month with a set of fast-paced listens, perfect for that inevitable stretch when the commute comes to a standstill on the way to the beach, lake, or office.

Mysteries to Microcosmos | Fast Scans: Top Foreign and Indie Picks

Grab a blanket and get cozy, because no matter your taste in movies, we have it here. Dramas, mysteries, comedies, or fascinating new takes on nature documentaries; whatever your preference, this list has got you covered.

Reading for Our Political Times | Wyatt’s World

From ongoing wars and mounting refugee crises to corrupt policies and the traumatic fight for health care, there is plenty of noise and heat in today’s politics. Well-argued and insightful nonfiction helps inform readers of these timely debates and adds much-needed perspective on the issues.

Gaming on the Go | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Summer’s coming up, and with that will come patrons looking for audiobooks, beach reads, and other fun ways to spend time on the road and at their destinations. Games are a great addition to family travel. They allow for bonding and help everyone wind down at the end of the day.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

Fowler, Lovesey, Tursten, & More | Mystery Previews, Dec. 2017

Fowler, Christopher. Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery. Bantam. Dec. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780553448139. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101887073. MYSTERY When a man snapping photographs in In London’s Regent Park sees a girl walking a dog—and then sees her vanish into thin air—you know it’s time for grumpy old guy detectives Arthur […]