Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

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Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

It’s All Relative: Family Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2016

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An array of families are depicted in these debuts, from those falling apart at the seams to those ripped apart from inside to those trying very hard to keep what little they can together

On Location: Landscapes in Literature | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2016

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Readers who select books for their settings do so not just for geographic coordinates or temporal sites; they seek books of varied locations evoked from milieu and detail as well. Here are six debuts, ranging in time and space, which demonstrate the many ways of making places known.

Eureka! Science Camp Reading | The Reader’s Shelf

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Take one last stab at summer reading with these nonfiction titles, each offering educational illumination with an infusion of fun.

Books by Design: Vintage Fashion in Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf

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Tag sales and thrift shops are not the only places to discover vintage finds. Authors have unearthed the delights of dressing from the past as well. Romance, history, and friendship deepen these stories, and, of course, dresses are in the mix

Warm Nostalgia: Revisiting Summer Settings | Reader’s Shelf

Beach House Memories

A socialite finds love at last, a young outsider finds a new identity, a band of high schoolers transition to adulthood, and a family discovers home is a place filled with magic, peculiar characters, and love

Halfway to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf

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With Halloween only six months away, now is the perfect time to reacquaint your patrons with the thrills that come from reading a chilling tale.

Fright, Fever, Flu: Absorbing but Scary Medical Histories | The Reader’s Shelf

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A public fascination with the plague and disease in general has resulted in some fine science writing; the six titles gathered here demonstrate the impact these diseases have had on humanity, but they also highlight the key developments in science and public health that have driven down the rates of infection. From the April 1 issue.

Hold the Bonbons, Add the Adventures | The Reader’s Shelf

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This Valentine’s Day explore the adventurous side of romances with these perilous quests—in which falling in love is a side benefit to staying alive.

Let’s Get Graphic: Creating Comics in Novel Ways | The Reader’s Shelf

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LJ contributor Tom Batten on innovative storytelling combining pictures and words