BEA Prep | Day of Dialog, the Galley Guide, & More

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Books to buy, books to recommend, trends to follow, programs to plan, and a better understanding of the state of publishing today: these are the annual takeaways from LJ’s Day of Dialog, held in conjunction with BookExpo America and going strong for nearly two decades. I’ve been there every year, and the range and quality […]

Michael Chabon, Alice Hoffman, Zadie Smith, John Edgar Wideman | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2016, Pt. 1

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Chabon, Michael. Moonglow. Harper. Nov. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780062225559. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062225573. CD: HarperAudio. lrg. prnt. LITERARY FICTION Framed as a man’s deathbed confession to his grandson, capturing the seesawing intensity of the American century, ranging from South Philadelphia’s Jewish slums and the invasion of Germany to New York’s Wallkill Prison and a Florida […]

Ninth-Century England, Belle Epoque Paris, Ireland in Rebellion, & More | Historical Fiction, Nov. 2016, Pt. 1

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Benedict, Marie. The Other Einstein. Sourcebooks Landmark. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781492637257. $25.99. HISTORICAL A brilliant student and the only woman in her class at Zurich Polytechnic in the late 1800s, Mileva Marić fell in love with fellow classmate Albert Einstein and eventually bore him three children, one out of wedlock. She is now suspected […]

Europe 1815–1914, the Pacific War, & More | History Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 1

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Evans, Richard J. The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815–1914. Viking. Nov. 2016. 928p. ISBN 9780670024575. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780735221215. HISTORY Winner of Wolfson and Fraenkel honors and twice nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Evans here sweeps through surging British imperialism, upheaval in Spain, the unification of both Germany and Italy, the decline […]

A Single Step: SELF-e Journeys | SELF-esteem

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The personal journey is often reflected in the miles a character must travel through the course of a story. Whether it be to create greater opportunities or leave behind a comfortable home, the reason for a sudden change in setting may set up a protagonist for important inner growth. The pilgrimages embarked upon by the […]

Day of Dialog, the BEA Galley Guide, & an Online Course in Collection Development

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Here are some important items for your to-do list. Going to BookExpo America? To see authors from Jay McInerney to Susan Elizabeth Phillips, plus a panel of publishing’s top editors and a slate of audio narrators, register here for this year’s Day of Dialog. Eager to tour the show floor with a guide in hand? […]

Alameddine, Picoult, & Ali Smith Helping Public Libraries | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2016, Pt. 4

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Alameddine, Rabih. The Angel of History. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780802125767. $26. LITERARY FICTION Named a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and PEN Open Book Award finalist and a best book by over half a dozen venues, Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman features an older Beiruti woman whose life is refracted […]

Pop Fiction from Kelley Armstrong to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 4

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Armstrong, Kelley. Otherworld Chills. Plume. Oct. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062410337. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173569.  FANTASY Armstrong drums up the last of three anthologies featuring short stories and novellas about characters from her mega-best-selling “Otherworld” series. While the first anthology featured romance and the second mystery, this all-new collection puts Nick, Hope, Karl, and the […]

Anguished Daughters & YouTube Stars | Memoir Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 4

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Anderson, Sulome. The Hostage’s Daughter. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Oct. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780062385499. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062385512. MEMOIR The daughter of Terry Anderson, the AP Middle East bureau chief kidnapped in Beirut and held for more than six years by Shiite Muslims, Anderson recalls life with the father she finally met at age seven, after […]

Genghis Khan, Service Dogs, & Julia Child | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 4

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Assael, Shaun. The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights. Blue Rider. Oct. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780399169755. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698156661. SPORTS/TRUE CRIME In January 1971, when heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was found dead in his Las Vegas home, the police called it a drug overdose. But word on the street called it […]

Garenq’s “Financial Thriller,” Sollett, Meyerhoff, & Newcomers Morano, Piet | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, April 15, 2016

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A true incident that had far-reaching political fallout; Sollett’s big-screen drama rises above its made-for-TV aesthetics; Meyerhoff’s visually arresting feature debut mixes old-school Super-8 and 16mm film; Piet has crafted a sneakily suspenseful low-key thriller

Puzzle It Out | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2016

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The popularity of mobile games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush has shown that simple-to-learn puzzle play can be a powerful tool for bringing video games to the masses.

Environmental Studies | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2016

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IN THE WAKE OF the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change, aka COP21, held in Paris, we look at several comprehensive full-text resources geared toward the research efforts of environmentalists, policymakers, activists, and students.

Register Now for Day of Dialog at BookExpo America

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BookExpo America is coming sooner than you think, and with it comes LJ’s Day of Dialog. This year is rich in authors, from Jonathan Safran Foer, Jay McInerney, and Colson Whitehead to Katarina Bivald, Sonali Dev, and Gayle Forman. In the nonfiction realm, you’ll meet both Luvvie Ajayi and the folks who have brought you […]

Atwood, Hajdu, Semple, & Zink | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

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Atwood, Margaret. Hag-Seed. Hogarth: Crown. (Hogarth Shakespeare.) Oct. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780804141291. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804141307. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION Now that Jeanette Winterson, Howard Jacobson, and Anne Tyler have all had a go at contemporizing Shakespeare via the “Hogarth Shakespeare” series (purveyed by Penguin Random House companies in eight countries, with rights sold […]

Hilderbrand, Macomber, & More | Holiday Fiction, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

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Gray, Shelley Shepard. An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas Novel. Avon Inspire. Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780062337863. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062337870. AMISH Fourth in this year’s “Charmed Amish Life” series, which returns to the Ohio setting beloved by the many fans of the New York Times best-selling Gray, this Christmas novel features […]

From De Quincey to Abramovic to the Beatles | Arts Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 3

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Abramovic, Marina. Walk Through Walls: Becoming Marina Abramovic. Crown Archetype. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101905043. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101905050. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ART/MEMOIR Preeminent performance artist Abramovic has been stripped, burned, and cut and has sat with a loaded gun to her head or simply sat for hours—all in the name of an art that […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 15, 2016

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Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri writes In Other Words; new fashion titles; a must-read Lesson Plan; an important overview of Academic E-Books; Ackerman takes flight with The Genius of Birds

Libraries Transforming Communities | PLA 2016

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On Thursday, April 7, at the Public Library Association conference in Denver, several hundred librarians gathered at the session “Extraordinarily Engaged: How Three Libraries Are Transforming Their Communities” to hear strong endorsements of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. The initiative, created in partnership with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a […]

The Anisfield-Wolf Awards 2016 | We Get Diverse Books

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Established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to reflect her family’s commitment to social justice, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards honor literary works that confront racism and celebrate diversity. This year’s just-announced winners—chosen by jury chair Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his fellow jurors: poet Rita Dove, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, psychologist […]