Under the Surface | Materials Survey 2017

The findings of LJ’s latest materials survey, which tracks budgets and circulation at public libraries equitably distributed throughout the nation by size, type, and region

Thirty-Four Must-Have Spring Books | Editors’ Picks 2017

A host of new titles are coming your way, courtesy of long hours of perusing catalogs, quizzing publicists, reading galleys, and seeking what’s worthwhile on the horizon.

Routledge Historical Resources; World Religions Online | Reference eReviews, February 15, 2017

The content that’s here is scholarly and beneficial; it’s what’s not included that may concern customers; suitable for a wide range of patrons, World Religion Online provides all the material necessary for a high school–level paper while offering a beginning point for AP or community college research.

Switching Things Up | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, February 15, 2017

Last fall, Nintendo announced its new gaming console, the Switch. It hooks up to a television like all other gaming consoles, but it can also function as a mobile gaming device…. While cross-functionality between mobile and home consoles has been done before, never has a consistent game play experience been possible.

Donnelly’s Debut of the Month, Baker, Bledsoe, Lawrence, Neuvel, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2017

Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision; McGuire continues to keep the high energy and excitement in her frenetic action-filled stories; Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales

Love the Next Time Around | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2017

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM Reunion stories, those romances in which couples with past relationships reunite, are now more popular than ever. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by the Romance Writers of America, “reunited lovers” are among the ten most popular tropes of the genre.

Rendering Russia | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2017

This arresting array of titles gives newbies and Russophiles alike a taste of the culture and politics that have shaped this nation, while also revealing its ordinary people to be educated, creative, and often in possession of an earthy sense of humor.

Timely Tellings: Memoir Highlights 2017 (so far)

LJ’s memoir columnists and reviewers help celebrate the first quarter of 2017 with four starred reviews from the monthly online column, a book about love of urban gardening, and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, three titles that deal with making marriage work in these troubled times.

The Library as Safe Place | Behind the Book, February 15, 2017

When I was growing up in Washington, DC, the library was my safe place. I went two or three times a week after school and stayed until my working mother could retrieve me….So it is probably no surprise that my local library became the “safe place” where I wrote my latest book The Women in the Castle, a historical novel that took me over seven years to finish.

Q&A: Sana Krasikov | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2017

Debut novelist Sana Krasikov shares insights into her inspiration for The Patriots, the current political climate, and her penchant for index cards.