Science, Knausgaard, & America from Abroad | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

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Davis, Angela J., ed. Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment. Pantheon. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781101871270. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101871287. AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES The recent deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and more bring into ever sharper focus the long, tragic history of the arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment of African American men. This […]

Writers To Watch | Literary Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017

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Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose. Viking. Jul. 2017. 192p. ISBN 9780735221710. $22; ebk. ISBN 9780735221727. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY Raised by a South African mother and an American father, ever walking the color line, Thandi is already struggling to find a sense of sureness in life when she learns that her mother has cancer. Debut […]

Cleeves, Muller, & More | Mystery Previews, Aug. 2017

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Andrews, Donna. Gone Gull: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250078568. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890886. MYSTERY An Agatha, Anthony, and Barry Award winner, Andrews takes us to the Biscuit Mountain Craft Center, where series heroine Meg Langslow is helping out her grandmother for the summer. Vandalism and a dead body […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

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Sullivan’s valuable, accessible wisdom can be employed immediately; a careful historical portrait of Hypatia, one of antiquity’s most accomplished women; a sober and well-argued study of the basic income concept; a tour-de-force survey of what is known about why we behave the way we do

Enlightening, Exciting, Educating | Audio in Advance April 2017 | Nonfiction

Fascism

True stories of music, espionage, politics new mothers, movies, and baseball.

Love, Loss, and Saving Yourself | Audio In Advance April 2017 | Young Adult

Geekerella

Loyalties tested, new worlds explored.

Pandas, Spies, and Planes| Audio in Advance April 2017 | Middle Grade

Horizon

Some stories must be heard to be loved. A roundup of middle grade titles coming to audio in April.

From Sardinia to Israel to Nepal to…Atlantic City | Audio in Advance April 2017 | FICTION

Anything is Possible

Strong sounds of fiction for springtime listening, including a few tense thrillers, family dramas, and romance.

Register Now for Day of Dialog 2017

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BookExpo America is back in New York this year, and so is Day of Dialog, convening on Wednesday, May 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 542 W. 59th Street. Favorite panels like Editors’ Picks will return; a big array of fiction and nonfiction panels is being planned; […]

Stories, a Princess, and a Lighting Fixture | Audio in Advance April 2017 | Early Grades

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Disney movie tie-in titles and a classic family of bears always entertain.

Book Buzz | ALA Midwinter 2017

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Lisa See’s The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner), Anita Shreve’s The Stars Are Fire (Knopf), and Elizabeth Strout’s Anything Is Possible (Random). Dennis Lehane’s Since We Fell (Ecco) and Greg Iles’s Mississippi Blood (Morrow). Lizzie Velasquez’s Dare To Be Kind (Hachette) and Ziggy Marley’s Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook (Akashic). And three eye-catchers from […]

Books Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Bassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146879. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146893. LITERARY FICTION A Hopwood Award winner and finalist for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, Fulbright grantee Bassingthwaighte worked in Egypt in 2009 to help refugees from Iraq, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa. Thus he brings both writing skills […]

Brockmann, Durst, Silva, & Some Big Debuts | Pop Fiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Brockmann, Suzanne. Some Kind of Hero: A Troubleshooters Novel. Ballantine. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780345543820. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543837. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE After his onetime girlfriend’s death, former Navy SEAL Peter “Grunge” Greene gets custody of their daughter, Maddie, who goes teenage crazy and runs away from their new home in San Diego. Peter brings on […]

Paris to Palestine to America | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 4

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Begley, Adam. The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera. Tim Duggan: Hogarth. Jul. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101902608. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101902615. HISTORY Former books editor of the New York Observer, Begley offers the portrait of an artist as both celebrity and entrepreneur. Nadar was famed for iconic photographs of folks like Manet and Sarah […]

Awoke Reading: Celebrating African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture hosting record crowds, and a swath of important achievements by various artists and authors, Black History Month is particularly meaningful this year.

Keeping Your Collection Fresh | Music Matters, February 1, 2017

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Obviously, not all musicians are created equal in quality or in popularity. The goal is to create a representative collection that will be used—and this is where patron requests enter the picture. What are people asking for most often?

From Box to Tremayne | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2017, Pt. 2

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Box, C.J. Paradise Valley. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250051042. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466851993. CD: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Investigator Cassie Dewell is now jobless, the plan she set up for the Bakken County, ND, sheriff’s department to ensnare a serial killer called the Lizard King having badly derailed. So when a troubled boy […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 15, 2017

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Real-life advice for The Artist as Cultural Producer; an important addition to feminist theory; Nichols offers an exquisite example of revisionist history; starred and “marriage-minded” memoirs; from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat comes fun, varied, and great cooking

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 15, 2017

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Debuter Alyan beautifully illustrates the resilience of the human spirit; readers of Southern grit will enjoy Joy’s excellent sophomore outing; a stunning, sensual, thrilling final installment of the “Sea Haven: Sisters of the Heart” series; no writer is more skilled than Kiernan at conveying horrifying images in gorgeous language

The Nordic Way to Happy | Wyatt’s World

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On the heels of calm interventions such as adult coloring books and only keeping possessions that spark joy, a new lifestyle movement is afoot. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept that encourages finding meaning in the everyday.