Social Sciences Reviews | September 1, 2013

Reviews of Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, I Am Troy Davis, and Reflections on Judging, plus a full list of Social Sciences reviews from the September 1, 2013 issue.

Pharaohs and Pyramids | September 1, 2013

Recent reviews of titles on ancient Egypt from the September 1, 2013 issue.

Nominate Your Favorite Database of 2013

Fall is in the air, in New York at least, and here at LJ that means we’re gearing up for our reference bonanza: the annual reference supplement. Our popular “Best Databases” feature will appear in the supplement, and I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which database knocked your socks off this year? […]

Tales from the Heartland | The Reader’s Shelf

A mix of fiction, memoir, and journalism.

YA Crossover Tops Inaugural LibraryReads List

The inaugural LibraryReads lists ten titles (published this month and forthcoming) nominated as “favorites” by librarians from around the country.

Fall & Winter Wonderland: Trade Titles Coming From the University Presses

In January, I posted “Spring Fling 2013: Pairings and Threesomes from University Presses,” in which upcoming trade titles from the academic presses arranged themselves (as I sat helplessly at my desk) into various categories. Now, after the next round of seasonal meetings with many academic presses, I have a new assortment to present. These are […]

Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2013, Pt. 4: Helen Fielding Returns, Franklin and Fennelly Team Up, and Lennon Offers a Norman Mailer Biography

Bryson, Bill. One Summer: America, 1927. Doubleday. Oct. 2013. 448p. ISBN 9780767919401. $27.95. CD: Random Audio. HISTORY The Iowa-born, England-based Bryson, whose works range broadly from language to science to genial travelog, here returns home to America and a truly focused treatment of a single important year (and season, if we are to believe the […]

Fiction Previews, Oct. 2013, Pt. 4: Thrillers from William Boyd, Robert Olen Butler, Raymond Khoury, & Val McDermid

Boyd, William. James Bond: The New Mission. Harper: HarperCollins. Oct. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780062223128. $26.99. lrg. prnt. THRILLER Boyd has twice won the Costa/Whitbread Award and typically produces best sellers, and here’s another neat feather in his cap: he’s the third author invited by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. to write an official James Bond novel, […]

Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2013, Pt. 3: Basbanes, Boyle, Cahill, Drabble, Goleman, Holmes, Lepore, MacGregor, Venter, & Winterson

Basbanes, Nicholas A. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History. Knopf. Oct. 2013. 448p. ISBN 9780307266422. $35. HISTORY Having given us a much-loved trilogy of books about books—A Gentle Madness, Patience and Fortitude, and A Splendor of Letters—Basbanes has written a thoroughgoing chronicle about the stuff books are traditionally made of: paper. He starts […]

Celebrity Chefs | Wyatt’s World

Selected cookbooks to be shelved in time for spring!