Pacifism and Peaceful Resistance | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2018

WHAT BETTER WAY to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (July 28, 1914–November 11, 1918) than to provide reviews of resources on pacifism—the flip side of armed conflict. The databases evaluated here run the gamut, from topics of peace and nonviolence to material on conscientious objection, nonaggression, and peaceful resistance.

Nigeria & India, Women Cartoonists, Crime & Popular Culture, the International Herald Tribune Archive | Reference: May 1, 2018

Succinct, nonpartisan coverage of two rapidly changing countries; Kennedy’s work is refreshingly free of art jargon, making it accessible and intriguing; a beautiful reference that would not be out of place on the art shelves; the International Herald Tribune Archive showcases a unique piece of U.S. journalistic history

Timely Debuts from Markely, Rojas Contreras, Meyerson, & Weisman; Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills from Del Árbol, Nugent, Griffiths | Fiction: May 1, 2018

Johnson’s gem of a novel tells of a place and its people so vivid that readers won’t want their stories to end; Meyerson’s sweet debut is filled with family, love, and healing; the coveted book of summer, Weisberger’s latest is sure to be in high demand; the latest addition to Griffiths’s “Ruth Galloway” series is one of the best; fans of CWA Gold Dagger Award–winning series will dive into the scrum of Herron’s fifth outing; once again, Kepnes explores love and devotion on the fringes

Authors Bala, Rao, St. Aubyn, Ishiguro; Filmmakers Suzuki, Wilder, Bergman, & Michael Moore | Audio & Video: May 1, 2018

These Girls will surely be bright beacons in all library collections; recommended for libraries where lighter self-improvement and parenting books are popular; this work deserves to stand on its own and belongs on the same shelf with other contemporary classics of the true crime genre; this stepped-up Blu-ray incarnation of an enduring Hollywood classic is a keeper; recommended for all history and Americana collections

Artists Cornell, Lear, Dickinson, Lynch, Survival Memoirs, Men’s Health, Self-Help | Nonfiction: May 1, 2018

For museumgoers and other art lovers; Sedaris offers readers comfort and hope; an excellent and unusual portrait of one-of-a-kind artist Lynch; a mesmerizing account of three complex women in the Victorian and Edwardian eras; a strongly affirming book for all introverts in an extrovert world; a brilliant evocation of a man and his times—for plant lovers, history buffs, New Yorkaphiles, even Hamiltonians

Finding the Sweet Spot | Best Magazines 2017

The transformation of magazines continued apace in 2017, showing signs that some publishers have found the sweet spot within the print-digital mix. The ten best publications of the year illustrate that trend.

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

Crime Fiction’s “Girl” Power | Mystery Genre Spotlight

Women dominate psychological suspense, the Roaring ’20s hit historicals, and diverse representation improves but has a way to go; meanwhile, a debut thriller from Zoje Stage demonstrates a truly murderous mother-daughter connection

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings | Romance Reviews, April 15, 2018

Just as spring is a time of beginnings, themes of hope and fresh starts are popular in the romance genre. Whether it’s a heroine running from her past toward a new life, a couple reunited after years apart, or an individual turned in an unexpected direction, the concept that change is possible, with the dream of better things to come, is irresistible—and the inherent promise of the season.

Madeline Miller’s Circe: Perpetual Outsider, Powerful God | No. 1 LibraryReads Author

Like her Orange Prize–winning The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s Circe revitalizes our appreciation of ancient Greek mythology and its profound insights into human nature, never mind its basis in the antics of the gods.