Books by Design: Vintage Fashion in Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf

Astor Place Vintage

Tag sales and thrift shops are not the only places to discover vintage finds. Authors have unearthed the delights of dressing from the past as well. Romance, history, and friendship deepen these stories, and, of course, dresses are in the mix

ALA 2014 Galley Guide Discoveries

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Typically, my newsletter during the American Library Association conference features ALA coverage, but this year—no dice! Alas, a personal emergency kept me from Las Vegas, though I was able to submit all my introductions for the United for Libraries panels I was fortunate to have been asked to present. Those introductions, for some really interesting […]

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924–1950, U.S. Political Stats | Reference eReviews

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Highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries everywhere, a boon to students and frontline librarians for the ads alone; U.S. Political Stats is not a database for a cash-strapped library…but may be a worthwhile time-saver.

The Best Ice Cream, Coconut Every Day, Yucatán Cuisine, & More | Cooking Reviews

Cocunut Every Day

Ice cream fanatic Clendaniel chronicles her many ice cream–making adventures, Seymour’s book makes it both possible and desirable to eat coconut every day, the definitive work on Yucatán cuisine

Robert Koch & Arthur Conan Doyle Bio, A Guide for the Cocktail-Curious, Digestive Health Medicine, & More | Science & Technology Reviews

Natural Solutions

Goetz offers a brief and insightful double biography of two doctors, a sophisticated and inviting definitive guide for the cocktail-curious, alternative remedies for constipation, gas, acid reflux, and other discomforts related to digestion

First Author, First Book | United for Libraries, ALA 2014

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Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen. Jul. 2014. ISBN 97800373211241. 352p. $17.99. YA FICTION In Adi Alsaid’s vastly entertaining first novel, Leila’s on a road trip in her bright red car, ostensibly to see the Northern Lights but actually to lose herself in the unfamiliar; she needs to get her life back for a […]

Hot Picks for Book Clubs | United for Libraries, ALA 2014

CASTILLO

  Castillo, Ana. Give It to Me. Feminist. 2014. 256p. ISBN  9781558618503. $16.95. LITERARY A leading voice in Latina literature whose works include So Far from God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books, Ana Castillo has turned in a vibrant, sassy, in-your-face examination of Latina identity and sexuality in her latest novel, Give It […]

Greenwald on the NSA, Wartime Propaganda from Harwood, Memoir from Echols & Davis, Morton, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

No Place To Hide

Greenwald’s book is a must-read, Harwood’s account carries an organic empirical quality rarely facilitated by a historical text, turn-of-the-21st-century social movements in Latin America, refreshing experimentation from Schnapp & Battles

Wrapping Up Audiobook Month: Audio Suggestions for the Casual Listener | Wyatt’s World

The Book Thief

Corduner’s steady voice reads the The Book Thief, Lamia and Oduye highlight Kidd’s many strengths, Reading delivers with verve and keenness, a plummy performance from Rhind-Tutt, Vance nimbly navigates history

Q&A: Ruben Castaneda, Author of S Street Rising

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Ruben Castaneda discusses his memoir, S Street Rising.

Q&A: Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

LJ talks to writer and filmmaker Tariq Ali, who shares his thoughts on Stieg Larsson’s work.

How To Draw & Paint, Backyard Building with the Stiles, Quilt Color & Patterns, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

Just Paint It

Artists of all abilities can benefit from an entertaining Just Paint It!, the diversity of Riley’s projects will appeal to mixed-media crafters, the Stiles continue to provide great additions to building-project collections

Whitney Turns the Page: Beyond the Immediate Boundaries of the Exhibition

Whitney Biennial

The Biennial is the Whitney’s ongoing effort to assess the state of contemporary art in America. It has a long history as a trendsetter, showcasing the work of young and emerging artists.

Women in Game of Thrones, Pollock Bio, Philology’s Worth, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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Frankel’s impressively researched work is highly recommended reading for fans of both book and small-screen series, This Is Pollock is refreshing and honest, scholars and students will find Turner’s volume rewarding.

E-Originals from Barber, Cornwall, Rader, & Velden | Xpress Reviews

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A loving ménage a trois, a thoroughly enjoyable Regency, a fun and epic fantasy romance, and a sweet but slow-to-develop transcontinental romance

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, May 2014

Flash Boys

Flash Boys flashes in the No. 1 in nonfiction; The Goldfinch wings its way to the top in fiction

Library Journal Is on the Move

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On the eve of the American Library Association conference and with all major December 2014 titles already covered, this week’s Prepub Alert will be small. The most important business at hand: please note that we will be moving offices in mid-July. Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same. For mail: please send items […]

Drop-Dead Gorgeous Fiction I: Women Writing Fiction | Library Journal’s Day of Dialog

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Highlights of the Drop-Dead Gorgeous Fiction I: Women Writing Fiction panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog 2014

He Says: Five Excellent Male Narrators | Wyatt’s World

Mr. Mercedes

Bramhall has a rich, appealingly gruff voice, Herrmann combines a deft hand at pacing, emotionally dimensional accents from Jackson, Petkoff keeps listeners invested, Patton is joyfully easy on the ear

Intrigue and Inspiration | African American Fiction (and More!)

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My background evaluating young adult books has me always noting a novel’s first sentence. A teenage audience has to be hooked early and fast. Most readers are familiar with famous first lines such as these three that grab readers’ attention: You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of […]

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