Anne Tyler Revisits Shakespeare, plus Ausubel, Danielewski, & Newcomer El Rashidi | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Jun. 2016. Pt. 4

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Ausubel, Ramona. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty. Riverhead. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781616205621. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698410855. LITERARY Ausubel debuted with No One Is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and a New York Public Library’s Young Lions finalist that was ambitious, gorgeously written, and occasionally […]

From Palestine to the Supreme Court to Diane Arbus | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Ehrenreich, Ben. The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9781594205903. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698148192. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE A National Magazine Award winner, Ehrenreich spent time over the last three years living with several Palestinian families in the West Bank; his reporting on what he […]

Fifteen Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Adler, Elizabeth. The Charmers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250058195. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862265. THRILLER A villa in the south of France, inherited from an aunt? Sounds great for Mirabella Matthews until she’s nearly run off the road while driving there with the young woman to whom she’s giving a lift. As Mirabella […]

Four Books for Foodies | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4

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Behr, Edward. The Food and Wine of France: Eating and Drinking from Champagne to Provence. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781594204524. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399564024. COOKING Most people think French food and wine are the world’s best, but what does best mean? Behr, an important food writer who founded the food magazine The Art […]

Pack Your Bags! Travel Books on GVRL | Sponsored Content

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Travel books are popular with those who are actually starting to pack their bags as well as armchair voyagers. Either way, the library’s travel collection has to be kept up to date, and that can be expensive and time consuming. GVRL offers a great alternative: an online selection of travel titles for locations nearby and […]

Cara Black, Walter Mosley, Brian Panowich, & More | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 3

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Billingham, Mark. Die of Shame. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780802125255. $26. MYSTERY Twice winner of Theakston’s Old Peculiar Award for Best Crime Novel, 2015 finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library (awarded for a body of work), and a 2015 Thrillerfest spotlight guest, Billingham introduces us to six disparate people—from […]

Lydia Millet, Sean Wilentz, & More | Last-Minute May 2016 Previews

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Engel, Patricia. The Veins of the Ocean. Grove. May 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802124890. $25. LITERARY FICTION Reina Castillo loyally attends a brother sentenced to death after committing a heinous crime for which she feels somehow responsible, then flees to the anonymous peace of the remote Florida Keys when he is executed. There she meets recently […]

Book Club Possibilities: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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Compelling characters, fascinating stories, and themes readers can sink their teeth into are the hallmarks of a good book club pick. Here are five suggestions that are also making many best-of selections and award short lists.

Stephen King, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Lionel Shriver, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 2

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King, Stephen. End of Watch. Scribner. Jun. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9781501129742. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781501134159. CD: S. & S. Audio. THRILLER Brady Hartsfield, responsible for the deaths of eight people and the injury of many others in the infamous Mercedes Massacre, was clobbered over the head by Holly Gibney and now vegetates in Room 217 […]

Ideas Roadshow; IGI Global | Reference eReviews, December 1, 2015

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Ideas Roadshow is a remarkable, reasonably priced product enthusiastically recommended for public, academic, and school libraries; helpful technology-related videos from IGI Global

Women’s Fiction from Barbara Taylor Bradford to Beatriz Williams | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 2

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Adams, Alice. Invincible Summer. Little, Brown. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780316391177. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316391184. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316268516. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE It’s the new millennium, and four friends fresh out of college have a lot of growing up to do. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien enjoy life as an aspiring artist and […]

Final Downton Abbey, Gilda, Girls, Learning To Drive | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

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Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, again; a season to end all seasons; Rita Hayworth at her “sizzling” best; growing up and moving away; an unlikely friendship, with Patricia Clarkson at the wheel

Women’s Words | LJ Reviews

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A reminder of both how far we’ve come as women and how far we still need to go; 15 women and their stories light up the stage with sparkle and swagger

Audiobooks from Glatt, Jackson, and Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging listen for fans of thoughtful literary fiction, an imperfect but still excellent coming-of-age novel appropriate for adults and older teens, a less coherent ensemble mars Winterson’s otherwise remarkable tale

Nonfiction on the Grateful Dead, Perfectionism, the U.S. Economy, Gay Marriage, Earhart, Sanders | Xpress Reviews

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It’s not clear why the Grateful Dead matters, relevant cataloging practices, a Game of Thrones for casual readers, new interpretations of the Earhart enigma, Stiglitz reshapes our view of economics, charming New England B&Bs, a study of Sanders’s political views that deserves close scrutiny

1-800-HOTLINE-BLING | Music Matters, December 1, 2015

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When recommending music to patrons, don’t be afraid to pull from your own subjective experiences. “Hotline Bling” reminds me of the album Reminisce by the Canadian dream pop duo Etiquette, released earlier this year.

Erika Johansen, Annie Proulx, A.B. Yehoshua, & Rising Star Alexis M. Smith | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1

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Johansen, Erika. The Fate of the Tearling. Harper. Jun. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780062290427. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062290434. LITERARY FICTION/FANTASY In The Queen of the Tearling, Princess Kelsea returned to the land of her birth to reclaim her throne. In The Invasion of the Tearling, Queen Kelsea faced serious trouble after refusing to send prisoners to […]

Literary Fiction To Grab, from Tahmima Anam, Thomas Christopher Greene, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1

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Alam, Rumaan. Rich and Pretty. Ecco. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062429933. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429957. LITERARY Upper-crust Sarah works at a charity while plotting the perfect wedding. Wayward self-starter Lauren works in publishing (well, she would) and avoids all questions of marriage—and the future in general. Best friends for 20 years, they’ve been distanced by […]

Not-Just-Memoirs from Barbara Boxer, Tig Notaro, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1

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Boxer, Barbara. The Art of Tough: Facing Politics and Life Without Fear. Hachette. Jun. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780316311465. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316311441. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316311434. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR California’s junior senator since 1993 (following a ten-year career in the House of Representatives), Boxer proclaims, “One goal of this memoir is to inspire people […]

Getting Ready for the Force Awakens | Wyatt’s World

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For many Star Wars fans, Christmas comes a week early when The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. Feed their desire to experience the film and the full movie franchise with a range of works.