Heal the Living, The Stranger, Their Finest | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The definitive “spaghetti Western”; a heartfelt tale in which the beat goes on; with detached precision, Haneke explores how control functions in relationships; a highly ­welcome Stranger; an inspirational picture for modern-day cynics

Philosophy & Ethics, Community & Belief, Church History, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

THIS SEASON’S PICKS start off with different perspectives on philosophy and ethics. John Stackhouse’s latest presents an evangelical Protestant indebted to theological ethicists, while Nicholas Austin offers a solid dialog between medieval theological ethics and virtue theory. Also spotlighted are memoirs in which belief has played an integral part of people’s lives.

Final Four: Autumn Memoir Picks

This is the last of 2017’s quarterly roundups (after “Four To Explore,” LJ 6/15/17) to highlight starred reviews in the online-only Memoir column and other reviews of note.

Fright Night Fun | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

Horror games may be some of the most fully realized narrative works in gaming, taking the experience of a ghost story, slasher thriller, or demon hunt to the next level. Players are no longer the passive observers of someone else’s frightful journey, they encounter the terror ­firsthand.

LJ Talks to Bill McKibben | Debut Spotlight

Bill McKibben’s life’s work has centered on environmentalism and writing. His first nonfiction book, The End of Nature, published in 1989, is widely considered a classic in the field. Now, he’s taking a turn to fiction almost 30 years later with his debut novel, Radio Free Vermont

Makers & Moguls | Fine Arts Reviews

An in-depth look at the rise and fall of studio head William Fox; with thorough knowledge of film history, telling anecdotes and interviews, Rode illuminates Curtiz’s colorful career

LITA, Library Supervision, & Mobile Technology | Pro Media Reviews

Recommended reading for all librarians; classic text recommended for new and seasoned library managers; convincing thesis on the importance of mobile consciousness to the future of libraries

What Smells So Good?: 10 New and Tasty Cookbooks

Hundreds of versatile dishes and indispensable tips, a wide range of globally influenced pasta and grain bowls, and classic desserts transformed with modern updates; no matter your taste, we have the cookbook for you

Fonda Lee’s Pick of the Month, Mira Grant, Nora Roberts, Josh Malerman, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Space opera is one of the most iconic subgenres under the sf/fantasy umbrella. For many, it conjures up images of starships, ray guns, and space battles against alien enemies. But the modern version encompasses more than those iconic elements, often marrying the action and broad sweep of space with nuanced characterization and social commentary.

Top Fall Indie Fiction

Nine exciting titles that take readers to different places