Tayari Jones Portrays a Complex American Marriage | LibraryReads Author

However engaging her prose, Tayari Jones is not the sort of author who tosses off fiction meant merely for entertainment. After completing Silver Sparrow, an LJ Best Book and NEA Big Read about the two daughters of a bigamist father, she wanted to dig into another timely and topical issue.

Fathers & Farewells | Memoir

In his final memoir column, Derek Sanderson focuses on fatherhood and finding one’s way.

Author Stephen Hawking Has Died | Book Pulse

Stephen Hawking has died, Mallory Ortberg’s The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror continues to get buzz, and Markus Zusak announces his next book.

The Inner Mind | Science & Technology

A good read for neuroscientists as well as general readers, taking a slightly simplified look at the brain and how humans interaction and study of the mind have changed; A thoughtful look at the current state of neuroscience through experiments and practices, highly recommended for those interested in the brain and the many ways to improve it

Academic Librarianship | Professional Media

Recommended for academic library staffs, library managers and LIS students, a look at several case studies about staff development; A valuable look at using the physical space of the library to create better experiences for patrons; An important text filled with practical exercises to prove the worth of academic libraries

The Era of Ike | Social Sciences

This biography is an admiring look at the life and accomplishments of the 34th President of the United States; A dual biography that focuses on the complicated relationship between Eisenhower and Justice Warren

Library Services, Library of Congress, Outside the Library | Professional Media

A great primer for people of any professional background who is interested in freelancing or consulting; An extremely informative institutional history of the Library of Congress, great for library buffs; An important resource for public librarians looking to develop helpful services for all stages of adulthood

Royals & Rivalries | Social Sciences

An exciting read about an unfamiliar royal family, steers clear of overly academic language making this historic account a must for amateur historians; A well written portrait of a nearly forgotten countess, highly recommended for lovers of Tudor history and biographies.

Man Booker International Prize Longlist Triggers a Trend Watch | Book Pulse

A few bookish trends get coverage, LJ‘s PLA Galley Roundup is out, and a number of books head to screens. HBO talks GOT and Big Little Lies.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

The Flight Attendantby Chris Bohjalian leads holds this week and the TV show Rise is also making noise (it is inspired by a book). Netflix buys the US rights to the film version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but has yet to announce its air date.