April 25, 2018

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.

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

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

LJ Reference | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

An informative and engaging introduction to the Bible for general readers; this insightful, enthusiastic portrayal of unrest in New York city offers general readers and students of all levels a solid starting place; a gamut of databases and resources that focus on pacifism—the flip side of armed conflict

LJ Audio & Video | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

Narrator Mia Barron’s performance is understated yet elegant in this detailed, exciting thriller; fans of Carmen Maria Machado, Jenny Zhang, and Tessa Hadley will find considerable resonance here; a truly thought-provoking documentary—uplifting & brutally honest; sure to have divisive reactions but nevertheless is a relevant addition to LGBTQ studies; Spirits of Rebellion shines a light on a lesser-known element of film history

LJ Fiction, Sf/Fantasy, Romance | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

A solid recommendation for historical fiction readers; a stunning, gritty story of survival that unfolds with raw emotion on every page; complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch; a work of tremendous ambition, strangeness, and compassion that will appeal to fans of New Weird authors; Willis packs a punch with this slim novella

LJ Review Alert | Nonfiction, April 15, 2018

Le Guin fans will relish the intimate insights the novelist shares here; Hilburn’s well-researched book will be vital reading for Paul Simon devotees; Al Samawi’s debut memoir is a triumphant work that will appeal to broad readership; recommended advice for women who have been “leaning in” but feel stuck; expert guidance for gardeners in water-challenged areas; a highly recommended celebration of Vietnam’s tantalizing vegetarian and vegan cuisine

Intersectional Feminism | Collection Development

Today’s intersectional feminism focuses on solidarity among social justice movements as well as shared responsibility for equality. These 27 resources will energize any collection.

Life in the Green Lane | Collection Development: Sustainable Living

Time will tell if, after devastating hurricanes and wildfires in recent years, people will make the connection between increasingly violent, more frequent weather events and global warming. These 32 resources will help librarians make sense of the issue.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2018

Lots of thrillers making their way onto the list; Chernow moves on to Grant