National Book Awards’ Second Annual Long-Lists Honor Jane Smiley, Edward O. Wilson, Louise Glück, & More

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This week, the National Book Foundation (NBF) announced its long-lists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature for the National Book Awards (NBA), featuring books the judges deemed the best works written by a U.S. citizen and published in the United States between December 1, 2013, and November 30, 2014. One list each day […]

Maya Angelou: Last Tributes, Last Words

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Maya Angelou’s final book, Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou, will be published next month (Random. 128p. ISBN 9780812996456. $20), but her wisdom and spirit were on abundant display on Friday, September 12, at a celebration cum memorial service held at the soaring Riverside Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. […]

A World of Firsts | Genre Spotlight: New Adult

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“New Adult” fiction embraces the college years through first jobs, first loves, and first going out on one’s own. Will it last, and what do librarians need to know?

What Are You Weighting For? | Collection Development: Diet Facts & Fads

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Weight loss programs and products are big business. But who has the answers for those unsure of how to eat healthfully? These 35 resources offer up the skinny on staying in good shape while eating well.

Editors’ Fall Picks

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For style and subterfuge, look no further than these 36 fall books that have LJ‘s review editors talking

Spanish on our Shelves | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Materials

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With 37 million speakers, Spanish is the top non-English language spoken at home in the United States, with audiences from different countries and different traditions. These 44 titles, plus a list of vendors, will help librarians appeal to every population.

Summer Best Debuts | First Novels

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Upcoming first novels you shouldn’t miss, including Adi Alsaid’s Let Get Lost, Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter, and David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, plus excerpts from indie press titles.

Books for the Masses | Editors’ Picks BEA 2014

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LJ‘s review editors braved the crowds at BookExpo America to find this fall’s most intriguing and memorable reads.

Editors’ Picks | LJ’s Day of Dialog 2014

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With Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert as moderator, five editors from the major publishing houses presented their key titles for Fall 2015/Spring 2015. The focus this year was heavily on fiction, with major releases from acclaimed literary authors Richard Ford and Jane Smiley, notable debuts by Jessie Burton and Tiphanie Yanique, and breakout buzz books by Emily St. John Mandel and Keith Donohue

Book World Remembers Maya Angelou

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After the death of celebrated autobiographer, poet, and civil rights champion Maya Angelou on May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, NC, the Academy of American Poets sent “Still I Rise,” perhaps her best-known poem, to its 300,000 Poem-a-Day subscribers. The airing of that memorably uncompromising piece—“You may write me down in history/ With your […]

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