Notable True Crime and Crime Fiction | Audio in Advance April 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks


True crime and crime fiction audiobooks releasing in April 2016

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe | The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Nominees


The Edgar Award nominees are announced, and LJ/SLJ has the goods on the books!

Cocaine, Creativity, & Life on Mars | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Nonfiction


Braestrup, Kate. Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478933953. Read by the author. When her eldest son joins the Marines, Braestrap is at a crossroads: can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with […]

China, Russia, Guantánamo Bay, South Africa | Current Events Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2


Browder, Bill. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. S. & S. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781476755717. $28. MEMOIR/POLITICAL Here’s a revealing story of contemporary Russia, featuring American financier Browder, who made a bundle by heading up an investment fund in post-Soviet Russia, then called down certain […]

Surprise Roosters | Memoir


According to this month’s memoirists, a surprise rooster is a formerly sweet hen that starts acting like a brute and grows feathers in suspicious places. Cock-a-doodle-doo! Oddly, the first two memoirs I read this month (Bootstrapper and Mud Season) featured a surprise rooster that both authors thought was a hen but turned out not to […]

Audio Reviews | February 15, 2013


Reviews of the audiobooks of Emma Donoghue’s Astray, Dashiell Hammett’s Return of the Thin Man, and Tere Tereba’s Mickey Cohen, plus a full list of audiobook reviews from the Feb. 15 issue.

A New Crop of Pot Books

Marijuana Legalization

by Tina Neville, Univ.of South Florida, St. Petersburg Lib. Campos, Isaac. Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs. Univ. of North Carolina. 2012. c.344p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780807835388. $39.95.    LAW Though controversy continues to surround the impact of Mexican drug trafficking on the United States, marijuana was considered extremely dangerous in […]

Behind the Book: Life After Death, by Damien Echols


An interview with Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3.

Social Sciences Reviews


Social Sciences Reviews

Nonfiction Previews: August 2012, Pt. 1: The Rise of Rome and a Julia Child Biography


Nonfiction Previews: August 2012, Pt. 1: The Rise of Rome and a Julia Child Biography