The Top Ten Best Games Ever | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

For five years, I’ve been honored to talk to LJ’s readers about games, the people who play them, and how bringing gaming into the library can help connect with patrons. Now, the time has come to pass the joystick to others.

Tom Petty, 1950–2017 | Music Matters

Both dedicated and casual music fans mourned the passing of rock star Tom Petty (1950–2017) on October 2. His death has inspired many to consider the artist’s influences and his achievements over the course of his 40-year career.

LJ Media | Review Alert, December 2017

Libraries owe patrons ready access to this sort of meaningful, transformative fare; public libraries as well as those at military installations and those with criminal psychology and criminal justice programs should purchase Ranger Games; impeccably restored and remastered, Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is simply breathtaking; Tickling Giants is as urgent and timely as it is highly recommended

A Weekend of Weird: FEARnyc 2017

The best feature-length horror shown at FEARnyc 2017

Audio in Stereo | Audio Spotlight

Audiobook listeners and podcast fans team up to drive the renaissance in spoken-word programming

Computer Legacies | Video Reviews

This DVD is recommended for fans of similar PC documentaries such as Silicon Cowboys and Triumph of the Nerds; a fascinating history of a technical success but commercial failure in early computer technology

Heal the Living, The Stranger, Their Finest | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The definitive “spaghetti Western”; a heartfelt tale in which the beat goes on; with detached precision, Haneke explores how control functions in relationships; a highly ­welcome Stranger; an inspirational picture for modern-day cynics

Memoirs of Family, Harassment, & Black Lives Matter | January Nonfiction on Audio

Highly anticipated memoirs include those from Rose McGowan, Anne Fadiman, and Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Ralph Ellison, Lauren Willig, & an Icelandic Bestseller | January Fiction on Audio

Audiobooks publishing in January include a posthumous story collection from Denis Johnson and new work from Lauren Willig

Meet the LJ Reviewer | David L. Faucheux

Reviewer David Faucheux talks about self-publishing, the challenges of reviewing for Library Journal and his life in Louisiana.