Music Advisory with Heart | Music Matters

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When patrons walk into your library looking for a music recommendation, it’s important to know they are, in a sense, making themselves vulnerable and to recognize it as an opportunity to begin a relationship. Don’t be afraid. Proceed with your heart.

Religion, July 2014: Best Sellers

November 2013 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction Reviews

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Bertino’s assured tale of music, mourning, and off-kilter romance entrances with its extraordinarily inventive language, Hurwitz has crafted another satisfying thriller, Carroll offers a fresh look at a scandalous chapter of history

A Raunchy Period Tale, Intense Zombies, Steamy Stories for Women | Erotica Reviews

Mastering the Marquess

A quick, quality read for bondage fans; a well-paced period tale; a fast-paced dystopian tale with equally intense sex scenes; a fantastic collection of distinct voices and a beautifully wide array of identities, pairings, and fetishes

Eric Foner, Seth Grahame-Smith, Edith Pearlman, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Cohen, Roger. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780307594662. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353137. MEMOIR New York Times columnist Cohen, honored by the Overseas Press Club for his work as the paper’s Balkans bureau chief during the Bosnian War and in charge of the Pulitzer […]

Award-Winning Novelists from Rachel Cusk to Yu Hua | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Crummey, Michael. Sweetland. Liveright: Norton. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780871407900. $24.95. LITERARY Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada for his most recent work, Galore, Crummey sets his new work on an isolated Canadian island—so isolated, in fact, that the government has offered to resettle folks from the island’s one town, the ever-diminishing Sweetland, provided […]

Reading Hollywood (or Thereabouts) | Wyatt’s World

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Lives are upended in Arts & Entertainments, Bloom’s character-rich coming-of-age story, Grant’s memoir illustrates the virtue of resilience, Harvey on the intimate power of film, and glitzy beach reading from Sohn.

Big Fiction Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bailey, Martine. An Appetite for Violets. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781250056917. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466860711. HISTORICAL Under-cook at dark and looming Mawton Hall, Biddy Leigh wants to marry her sweetheart and open a tavern but instead finds herself accompanying her new mistress to Italy, where she notes down her adventures in […]

History/Biography from Thomas Cromwell to the Great Society to the Death of Tin Pan Alley | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Borman, Tracy. Thomas Cromwell. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2015. 336p.ISBN 9780802123176. $30. BIOGRAPHY Here’s a nonfiction account of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s invaluable adviser, to go with the fictional account that Hilary Mantel has provided in the Man Booker Award winners Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Borman has special insight (and an audience-pleasing touch) […]

Science, Creativity, Animal Rights, & AIDS | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Ashton, Kevin. How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery. Doubleday. Jan. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781594204340. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781594204340. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SUCCESS Invention: it’s not a sudden, blazing act of genius but the accumulation of many small steps, minus many small setbacks, and the turning of chance insight […]

Bob Fosse’s Masterpiece, Peter O’Toole’s Last Act, Halle Berry’s New Look, & More | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

The Normal Heart

Fosse’s musical, lots of drama, and Cuarón’s Y tu Mamá También.

Bio of AA’s Bill Wilson, a New Season of Call the Midwife, Top Indie & Foreign Picks, & More | Video Reviews

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A powerful production of the story of AA cofounder Bill W., fans will be delighted to reunite with the midwives and Anglican nuns of London’s East End, real-life Elvis impersonator John ­McInerny delivers a powerful performance

Sweterlitsch’s Debut of the Month, Jay Lake Obit, New Authors Nelson, Patel, & Schultz, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Tomorrow and Tomorrow

The premise of Sweterlitsch’s debut novel is fascinating in its possibilities, emotionally rich story­telling is sure to win Hobb new fans, Schultz delivers a sterling urban fantasy debut with a great cast of characters

Rader-Day’s Debut of the Month, Lin’s Coming-of-Age Thriller, the Latest from Penny, Trow, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews

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Rader-Day captivates from page one with her psychologically attuned debut, Taiwan’s traditions play a major role in Lin’s category-defying thriller, Penny leaves series readers blinking back tears, Serafim’s plotting is methodical and traditional

Marc Seifer on Framed! | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Marc J. Seifer is the author of several books, including The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis and the acclaimed biography Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla. His book Framed!: Murder, Corruption, and a Death […]

Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)

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Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

ThrillerFest IX: The ITW Debut Authors Breakfast

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One goal of International Thriller Writers, sponsor of ThrillerFest, which this year met July 8–12 in New York City, is to help new writers move their careers forward through mentoring, education, and collaborative efforts. It does so partly through the Debut Authors Program, open to active-status ITW members only. This year’s program embraced more than […]

Taste, Touch, & the Mind-Body Connection | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Beilock, Sian. How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment To Influence How You Think and Feel. Atria. Jan. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781451626681. $26. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Let’s agree that mind and body interact with all the power and bounce of billiard balls cue-sticked by a championship player and ask what’s […]

Writers To Watch, from Scott Blackwood to David Whitehouse | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blackwood, Scott. See How Small. Little, Brown. Jan. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780316373807. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316373975. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316294843. CRIME Three teenage girls who had been tied up in a small-town Texas ice cream shop that was then set on fire watch over those they’ve left behind, trying to find ways to help them […]

A Different Kind of Beach Reading | Wyatt’s World

In the Kingdom of Ice

From adventures to tragedies to court cases and more, here are five titles that allow readers to get their feet wet without leaving home.

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