No Shortage of Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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There’s plenty of drama and tension in this month’s novels, including an interesting take on the struggle for civil rights, a police procedural to solve multiple deaths, and a dysfunctional family circling their wagons to protect their own. Plus Terry McMillan returns!

Fashion Forward | LJ Reviews

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An informative and entertaining documentary of how pioneering Jewish immigrants created the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center; a fascinating look at a little-known art in the fashion industry

Playing Stories | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, March 15, 2016

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Games are a dynamic storytelling medium: as personal or universal as the best books, as visually exciting as blockbuster movies, and as engaging as the most addictive TV series.

Alan Bradley, Robert Olen Butler, Emma Donoghue, James Gleick, Robert Gottlieb | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Bradley, Alan. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Delacorte. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780345539960. $26. CD: Random Audio. MYSTERY Wickedly smart young Flavia de Luce launched her investigative career with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which proved its worth by winning the Agatha, Macavity, Barry, Dilys, Arthur […]

Fifteen Mystery/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ahnhem, Stefan. Victim Without a Face: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2016. 592p. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. ISBN 9781250103185. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103192. THRILLER Screenwriter Ahnhem joins the Swedish crime brigade with a first novel whose initial victims were class bullies three decades ago. Alas, criminal investigator Fabian Risk, who’s […]

Socially Significant Works on Resegregation, ADHD, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ajayi, Luvvie. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual. Holt Paperbacks. Sept. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781627796064. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781627796071. HUMOR/ESSAYS In her much-read blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Ajayi addresses popular culture with sharpened wit. Yet as her 500,000 monthly readers can attest, she’s not just reporting on popular television shows or Facebook gaffes but acting as […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month | Wyatt’s World

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It’s an exciting time to create a display celebrating Women’s History Month. Here are five selections to consider putting into the hands of readers

All Ears: Audiobook Favorites | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2016

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More readers are finding audiobooks to be the perfect companion for a workout, commute, or simply the subject of focused attention. These six audiobooks represent some of the favorites of librarians across the country.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ann Patchett, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Colson Whitehead | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Foer, Jonathan Safran. Here I Am. Farrar. Sept. 2016. 592p. ISBN 9780374280024. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374280024. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY FICTION Foer offers his first novel in 11 years, and not unexpectedly he’s thinking big, referencing the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac to clarify how unbearably demanding life can be. Abraham answered “Here I […]

Anderson/Rovin, Jennifer Chiaverini, J.A. Jance, Karin Slaughter | Essential Pop Fiction, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Anderson, Gillian & Jeff Rovin. The Sound of Seas. (The EarthEnd Saga, Bk. 3). Simon451: S. & S. 320p. ISBN 9781476776590. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476776613. SF Having proven herself as a writer with her well-received “EarthEnd Saga” series, written with New York Times best-selling author Rovin, award-winning actress Anderson wraps up the series with some […]

Nicholson Baker, Mike Love, Danielle Trussoni, Jennifer Weiner | Essential Memoirs, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Baker, Nicholson. Substitute. Blue Rider. Sept. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780399160981. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780399160981. MEMOIR Mention Baker’s name, and folks will likely think first of his daring and deeply descriptive novels, like Vox and House of Holes. But let’s remember that he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, namely, Double Fold: Libraries […]

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Other Worlds of R&B | Music Matters, March 1, 2016

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Though these represent just the tip of the alt-R&B iceberg, they’re a good place to get your feet wet. These are all major releases, mostly from the past five years, and everything should be available in CD format from your favorite vendor.

Register for Day of Dialog 2016

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Day of Dialog is going back to its original setting this year; it’s in Chicago, at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 Roosevelt Road. But it will continue to have the same format: big-name authors, an editors’ picks panel, and a town hall meeting so that attendees can air their concerns. So if […]

From the Rise of Modern Philosophy to the Rise of ISIS | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Cole, Teju. Known and Strange Things: Essays. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Aug. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780812989786. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780812989793. POLITICAL SCIENCE After two genre-redefining works of fiction—Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Every Day Is for the Thief, named one […]

Chillers from Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, Charles Todd, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Andrews, Donna. Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250078551. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890879. MYSTERY Andrews launched her career with the Malice Domestic Contest–winning Murder with Peacocks, which grabbed Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times honors for best first novel, and has since gone on to New […]

The Editor’s Life, the Designer’s Life, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Byatt, A.S. Peacock & Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny. Knopf. Aug. 2016. 192p. ISBN 9781101947470. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947487. LITERARY/DESIGN Englishman William Morris famously revolutionized design in the second half of the 19th century, while Spanish aristocrat Mariano Fortuny contributed his own radical ideas on everything from women’s fashion to stage lighting. Booker […]

Q&A: K.B. Owen | SELF-e

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K.B. Owen’s Dangerous and Unseemly: A Concordia Wells Mystery, the first in her mysteries featuring women’s college professor Concordia Wells, sees her heroine pulled into a whodunit after a family member dies and a friend is attacked. In the interview below, Owen discusses her love of the library, method of research for historical fiction, and […]

Migration to New Worlds; MyHeritage Library Edition | Reference eReviews, February 15, 2016

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Migration to New Worlds takes advantage of current technology and search accessibility while retaining the best aspects of a large archive; MyHeritage Library Edition is an excellent tool for public libraries that serve an audience of family historians

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 15, 2016

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Drake’s gripping domestic thriller, Chevalier’s memorable portrait of American pioneers, award-winning debuter Miské, exceptional military romance from Buchman, Valentine’s Day picks, urban fantasy makes a comeback, sf steams up