Finding the Literary Limelight | The Reader’s Shelf

Fame in this industry can happen in many ways. Debuts can act as lightning strikes, making authors instantly celebrated. Often the already notable become writers on the side, carrying their star power onto the page.

Presidential Picks: Inside the Lives and Careers of America’s Leaders

Baime’s spotlight on an influential segment of the 21st century and the man who saw the country through it will be appreciated by most readers; a highly recommended book on Roosevelt’s political mind and mighty character; Whyte succeeds in creating a positive overview of Hoover’s long prepresidential service; this important work of American biography belongs on every library shelf

Making the Most of Our Time | Self-Help Reviews

The latest self-help offerings embrace the whole spectrum of life, from petty aggravations to aging and death.

Train in Vain | Music Matters

Recently, a patron came in and asked for train sounds on CD. Easy enough; libraries always seem to have at least one sound effects CD lying around at all times, right? We did have one that was supposed to be on shelf at that particular location, but it was all Halloween sound effects (i.e., no train sounds), and it was lost or missing.

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

LJ Talks to Comics Legend Frank Miller

“I really fell in love with him because he was the hero who had to work the hardest. He couldn’t fly or lift cars over his head or anything like that. He had to do combat and everything else the old-fashioned way. I liked him because he was an effort character.”

Ex-STEM-Poraneous | Collection Development: Math & Science Literacy

The emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is not just for policy planners but also for parents, community organizers, and school reformers. These 25 resources for teachers and students at all levels will bring new energy to most collections.

World Viewings: Ten Photography Titles

THIS YEAR’S ROUNDUP of photography books explores some of the essential aspects of the medium, qualities that make it so fascinating.

Expanding Your Creativity: 10 Exciting and New Craft/DIY Books

Projects offering suggestions for crafty ways to deploy one’s pet paintings, intermediate-to-advanced level designs combining wire, beads, and semiprecious stones, and a beginner-friendly introduction to both embroidery and appliqué supply ample guidance for beginners; explore new crafts and designs today