Roger Hobbs, Kevin P. Keating, Jeff Lindsay, James Neff, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, & Jane Urquhart | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2015, Pt. 3


Hobbs, Roger. Vanishing Games. Knopf. Jul. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385352642. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385352659. CD: Random Audio. SUSPENSE The darling of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Hobbs’s Ghostman was a stand-out debut, with rights sold to 25 countries, a film option snatched by Warner Bros., and 70,000 copies sold across formats in the United States. It […]

Kate Braestrup, Sen. Claire McCaskill, New Yorker Staffers Finnegan & Marx, & More | Memoir Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 3


Braestrup, Kate. Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service. Little, Brown. Jul. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780316373784. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316259330. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316373760. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MEMOIR Braestrup came crashingly to our attention with Here If You Need Me, a heart shaker about her pursuing a career as chaplain to the […]

Laughing at Life | Memoir

All the Wrong Places

The authors of this month’s memoirs are preoccupied with coming to terms with the impact others, especially family members, have on us. But there’s a lot of humor here too.

Gaiman, Klaussmann, Kumin, Scottoline/Serritella, Wascom, & Karjel’s Hot New Swedish Thriller | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2


Gaiman, Neil. Neverwhere: The Author’s Preferred Edition. Morrow. Jul. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062371058. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780061793059. FANTASY You know Neverwhere, Gaiman’s first book, the career launcher that told the story of perfectly pleasant London businessman Richard Mayhew’s sudden drop through a crack in reality to the Neverwhere, a shadowy place under siege by some […]

With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

Hammer Head

This month’s memoir column features women on the cusp of change and a 50-year estrangement.

The Music Scene, from Steve Earle’s Memoir to Pasquale Rotella’s Electric Daisy Carnival | Nonfiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2


Bach, Sebastian. 18 and Life on Skid Row. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Jun. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062265395. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062265418. MUSIC Actually, Bach has been part of the metal music scene since he was 14, first joining Kid Wikkid and then flaunting his vocals and mass of blond hair with Skid Row, Madam X, The […]

Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

The Girl Next Door

As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

Life, Death, War, and Peace | Memoir


While the majority of this month’s memoirs touch in some way on war in the traditional sense of armed conflict against a known and defined enemy, many focus on battle in the metaphorical sense—the war within, the fights we undergo to define who we are.

Taya Kyle, Tavis Smiley, & Four Big Musicians| Memoir Previews, May 2015, Pt. 2


General Bello, Maria. Love Is Love. Dey Street. May 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780062351838. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062351852. MEMOIR Having sparked a major conversation when “Coming Out as a Modern Family” appeared in the much-read “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, Bello here expands on her story of falling in love with a woman […]

Vicarious Voyages | Collection Development: Armchair Travel


An armchair voyage is a journey of exploration—a pilgrimage, a feast for the soul, and a way of satisfying curiosities. These 27 resources, including apps, will help users travel routes and set sail for adventures that won’t require security checks or encounter airport snafus.