Cinema Paradiso, Buster Keaton, and a Slow-Burning Ixcanul | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Tornatore’s beloved classic finally debuts on Blu-ray; this topical “slice of life” drama errs on the side of underplaying but is unexpectedly ­poignant; Bustamante’s slow-­burning drama unfolds at a measured pace; Olmi’s paean to the peasant life, fittingly told in an unflashy style

Newcomer Honeywell, McClellan, North, Robinson, Scalzi, Skovron, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

THE ELEMENTS, whether a personal power or a force of nature, have been mainstays of sf/fantasy writing from the genre’s beginning. How humanity has dealt with these components can be either a bane or boon, focused on creation or destruction. This month’s titles highlight the strengths of such elements in both natural and magical ways.

“Bridging Worlds” with Librarians Pun, Collard, and Parrott

Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, editors of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe discuss the inspiration for their new book, the role of academic libraries in global initiatives, and getting started in an international career.

In-depth eResources: Oxford Research Encyclopedias and the Journal of Medical Insight

The free content available in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias makes a worthy addition to any library collection; JoMI offers a valuable complement to classroom learning. The videos are of excellent quality and are in-depth yet brief

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

Adelia Saunders on Her “Indelible” Debut Novel

Adelia Saunders’s first novel, Indelible, is the wildly inventive story of Magdalena, a young woman from Lithuania, who sees people’s histories literally written on their skin. Here, the author discusses the book’s unusual plot and her previous careers.

Great First Acts | Debut Novels

From astute coming-of-age titles to high-profile pop fiction to books heard ’round the world, these will be the most talked-about debuts of the spring season.

Books are selected for this list based on strong reviews, media buzz, overall industry interest, and personal reading. Though a few date back to February, most are publishing from March onward, with some key July titles featured.

Doing Right by Our Smallest Citizens | Parenting Reviews

FROM CELEBRITY TELL-ALLS to husband bashing to why we might want to remove “Good Job!” from our parenting vocabulary, there is quite the array of topics covered in this month’s column.

Resist with Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

If games are part of your library’s circulating media, then gamers might be among those looking for some distraction and understanding, and here are some games you could recommend.

A New Spell of Sexy | Erotica Reviews

An adult perspective on “Beauty and the Beast,” with a very modern erotic twist; this latest from Ashley is an enjoyable title for femdom fans; a twisted thriller à la 50 Shades; an excellent series of Sapphic ­fantasies