Richard Fortey & Val McDermid | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Fortey, Richard. The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature. Knopf. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781101875759. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101875766. SCIENCE As evidenced by a stack of awards, including the 2002 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, Fortey can make science sing, and his books always sell well. His new work […]

United for Libraries Author Panels at ALA 2016

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For the past two decades, United for Libraries (which started life as Friends of the Library USA) has presented numerous lively author panels at the annual American Library Association conference. This year is no different, with panels ranging from debut authors to outstanding nonfiction to horror, and the President’s Program featuring John Hart is sure to […]

Gripping Nonfiction To Sweep Readers Away | Wyatt’s World

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Summer reading tends to lean heavily toward fiction, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of engrossing and mind-blowing nonfiction to take to the beach or consume while the air conditioner is blasting away. Here are five examples.

Documentary DVDs | Best Sellers, June 2016

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DVD views of Louisa May Alcott, English history, the Civil War, and Janis Joplin

“Doom” Returns | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, June 15, 2016

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As game design technology grows more sophisticated, old favorites are reimagined with better developed stories, more robust graphics, and new gameplay mechanics. This gives us a chance to breathe new life into the games we love the most. The latest such franchise to get this treatment is Doom.

Murder Times Two, Malick’s “New World,” Resnais’s “Night and Fog,” & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray, June 1, 2016

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From The Adderall Diaries to My Golden Days and The New World

Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers | Reference eReviews, June 1, 2016

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Despite a few usability concerns, these five collections are exceptional additions to America’s Historical Newspapers and are highly recommended for academic libraries seeking to expand their primary source coverage in history.

Musical Arrangements | Music Matters, June 1, 2016

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Pam Swaidner, manager of cataloging and metadata at the Indianapolis Public Library, and Lhisa Reish, senior cataloging specialist at Timberland Regional Library, WA, talk about the choices their libraries have made regarding music cataloging and why.

LJ’s Self-Publishing Survey | Self-Publishing & Libraries

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LJ reached out to public librarians in a recent survey to get their take on how self-published titles are represented—or not—in their own collections.

Books in Demand at BookExpo America 2016

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Publishers bring to BookExpo America the books they most want to promote, but attendees always have their favorites. To the prevailing question, What were the big books at BEA?, here are some answers. First, it’s no surprise that in-demand titles included MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a reenvisioning of slavery in America; NYPL […]

LJ’s Indie Ebooks Awards 2016

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LJ is hosting its second Indie Ebook Awards, celebrating the best self-published titles in the following genres: romance, mystery, sf, fantasy, and YA.

Günter Grass’s Last Work, the Nabokov-Wilson Feud, & More | Barbara’s Picks, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Beam, Alex. The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship. Pantheon. Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781101870228. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870235. LITERATURE/biogr In 1940, leading man of American letters Edmund Wilson helped asylum-seeker Vladimir Nabokov get settled in this country, introducing him to editors and assigning him book reviews for the […]

Seven Big Thrillers | Fiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Greaney Mark. Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. Putnam. Dec. 2016. 736p. ISBN 9780399176814. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698410664. lrg. prnt. CD: downloadable. Penguin Audio. THRILLER Along with his own popular “Gray Man” series, Greaney wrote three No. 1 best sellers with Tom Clancy, then carried on the Clancy tradition with another top-spot best seller, Tom […]

On Elvis Presley & George Lucas | Nonfiction Previews, December 2016, Pt. 1

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Connolly, Ray. Being Elvis. Liveright: Norton. Dec. 2016. 369p. ISBN 9781631492808. $27.95. BIOGRAPHY Longtime British rock journalist Connolly, also a novelist and award-winning screenwriter, interviewed numerous Sixties and Seventies stars while working for the London Evening Standard. Elvis Presley was among them. Now, on the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death, Connolly has crafted a biography […]

All Kinds of Upsets | Wyatt’s World

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Popular novels of psychological suspense, such as Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, are just one example of the creepy, discomforting yet pleasurable experience of stories situated on the crossroads of horror, thriller, gothic, and historical genres. Here are five new works from across this range of literary styles.

Bicycle Thieves, L’Inhumaine, Paulette, the Tavianis, & Ulee’s Gold | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, May 15, 2016

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The restored masterwork Bicycle Thieves is an essential holding; L’Inhumaine should pique the interest of serious film buffs; from the neorealistic to the magical, The Taviani Brothers give off a folk tale aura; a lovely, low-key Ulee’s Gold

We Love Paris | LJ Video Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Maison Close is recommended for those who like period dramas with a psychological edge; Thérèse Raquin presents an absorbing tale that will appeal to those who favor melodrama.

Editors’ Picks Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

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Heimert, and Tim Duggan (l. to r.); Mason enthuses about her books; McGrath listens as Heimert discusses her nonfiction titles (l. to r.); Barbara Hoffert opens both the day’s events and the Editors’ Picks panel; Einhorn talks about the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge; and Duggan tells Anderson about the international slant 
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At the Editors’ Picks panel at this year’s Day of Dialog, moderator Stephanie Anderson, Darien Library, CT, brought up the Amy Einhorn Books Perpetual Challenge, a program born on Twitter that promotes the reading of all books published by the redoubtable editor of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help. Einhorn was at Day of Dialog in her […]

Thomas Friedman, Robert Littell, Amos Oz | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Friedman, Thomas L. Thank You for Being Late: Finding a Job, Running a Country, and Keeping Your Head in an Age of Accelerations. Farrar. Nov. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780374273538. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374715144. CD: Macmillan Audio. POLITICAL SCIENCE Our world is accelerating in exciting and dangerous ways, with technology allowing for self-driving cars and Wifi-enhanced […]

From Archer to Steel | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Archer, Jeffrey. This Was a Man. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781250061638. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867512. $28.99. SAGA A lot of stuff happens in this seventh and final volume of Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles,” starting with a gunshot—but who fires and who’s targeted is anyone’s guess. As Giles Barrington discovers unsettling […]