Documentary DVDs, June 2015 | Best Sellers

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Celebrity watching: the Roosevelts, Roger Ebert, and Mr. Sulu

Books That Buzzed at BookExpo America, Pt. 2

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Among the titles introduced by Knopf editor Diana Miller at the Editors’ Picks panel opening this year’s Day of Dialog was Garth Risk Hallberg’s $2 million debut, City on Fire, swift but deep at 900-plus smartly rendered pages and featuring a range of characters interlinked in 1970s New York. Miller’s fellow panelist Robert Weil, publishing […]

Christopher Buckley, James Lee Burke, Paolo Giordano, & Ruth Rendell | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Buckley, Christopher. The Relic Master. S. & S. Dec. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781501125751. $26.95. HISTORICAL Buckley, who’s been called “the funniest writer in the English language” by Tom Wolfe and has a Thurber Prize for American Humor to prove it, offers a boisterous tale of 16th-century relic hunting that should have broad appeal. It’s 1517, […]

Mystery from Ann Cleeves to Victoria Thompson | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Cleeves, Ann. Harbour Street: A Vera Stanhope Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781250070661. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466881051. MYSTERY Malice Domestic Honored International Visitor in 2015, Cleeves won the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black; nonreaders (anyone here?) still know her from Vera, the Netflix show based on her Vera Stanhope […]

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Audio Dramatizations: Five Fabulous Listens | Wyatt’s World

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June is audiobook month. To celebrate the enjoyment of being read a story, consider a display of audio dramatizations—audiobooks (often abridged or adapted) enhanced with sound effects, music, and multiple voices.

Jazz up Your Collection | Music Matters, June 1, 2015

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Jazz is one of the only quintessentially American art forms, and it’s important. Every music collection in American libraries should contain a solid representation of the genre.

Anita Hill, British Mystery Series Grantchester, Cuban National Literacy Campaign, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, June 1, 2015

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Anita Hill’s story remains relevant; lovers of traditional British mysteries will want to add Grantchester to their viewing queue; a beautiful rendering of the Cuban National Literacy Campaign of 1961

Fiction from Bilyeau and Genova; Memoir from Lyndsey | Audiobook Reviews, June 1, 2015

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The Tapestry is an essential purchase for all historical fiction collections; Genova’s powerful and intimate story about risks, despair, and love; Hannah Curtis perfectly captures Lyndsey’s style and tone

2015 BookExpo America Books That Buzzed

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At this year’s BookExpo America, eager fans pulled Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Riverhead) from boxes even as publicists carried them across the floor, and once the remaining galleys were unloaded they lasted for the duration of a commercial break. Oscar Hijuelos’s final, posthumous Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise (Grand Central) and Jesse Eisenberg’s first […]

From Kevin Barry to Mary Gaitskill to Stephen King | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Barry, Kevin. Beatlebone. Doubleday. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780385540292. $24.95. LITERARY FICTION Barry broke out big with his darkly brilliant debut, City of Bohane, winner of the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award, and has since published two show-stopping collections. Here, after appearing with foresightful Graywolf, he’s getting his first big-house publication in the United States, […]

Mary Beard’s Ancient Rome, Edmund de Waal’s Porcelain, Jon Meacham’s Next Presidential Study, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Beard, Mary. S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome.. Liveright: Norton. Nov. 2015.  512p. ISBN 9780871404237. $35. HISTORY Cambridge classics professor Beard couldn’t be more modern in how she shares her ideas, serving as a television presenter and authoring the popular blog “A Don’s Life” while dealing firmly but genially with trollers who just can’t seem […]

From James Patterson to Anne Perry to New Zealand Phenom Ben Sanders | Mystery/Thriller Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 3

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Andrew, Sally. Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery. Ecco. Nov. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780062397669. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062397683. MYSTERY When her recipe column for the local paper is switched out for a self-help column, middle-aged widow Tannie Maria is surprised to find that she’s really good at helping others. Then an abused […]

Summer Fiction: Genre Edition | Wyatt’s World

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Part of the pure pleasure of summer reading is spending extended periods of time immersed in a favorite genre—be it a blend or a classic example. Here are five to suggest and display.

Books for the Bounty | Wyatt’s World

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Help patrons find new vegetable-centered cookbooks, from Root to Leaf to The Broad Fork, readers will feel At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

McCullough’s Wright Brothers Take Flight | RA Crossroads

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Blending social history, scientific innovation, and dual biography, McCullough offers a resonating account of American invention, hard work, and determination.

PolicyMap, Bloomsbury Collections, and Statista | Reference eReviews, May 15, 2015

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PolicyMap is recommended at the right price; a new user of the Bloomsbury Collections may need some training from a librarian; Statista, an easy-to-use source of statistical information, focuses its marking on academic users and corporations

Adults Only | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, May 15, 2015

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Game night at the library can be adults-only while still being safe, clean, and welcoming to all. Offering adults-only gaming programs will only make your patrons more diverse, more trusting, and more enthusiastic.

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth