When Genre Worlds Collide | Collection Development: SF Romance

SF romance combines the expected happy ever after with a consistent and believable science fictional setting. Offer up these 39 titles as a jumping-off point for the uninitiated.

Sweazy’s Pick of the Month, Asian Crime Fiction, Cozies from Bell, Page, Webb | Mystery & Suspense

­Sweazy’s powerful, crime novels should be read with Kelli Stanley’s City of Secrets or Diane Chamberlain’s Necessary Lies; Hart knows his Staten Island setting well and makes strong use of it; Reardon delivers another page-turner with frighteningly plausible scenarios, an occasionally wrenching narrative, and a final message that is particularly relevant for our times

More from the Listen List Committee | The Reader’s Shelf

Judged by a committee of librarians, the Listen List had members narrowing a field of 58 nominated audiobooks to 12 winners. There were plenty of runner-up titles still worth attention. Here are seven of them.

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