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True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

True Stories: African-American Nonfiction

As you’re restocking your African-American History Month displays, don’t forget to feature your nonfiction collection. Here are some compelling stories that deserve a second look. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, by Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Boy (American Hunger): A […]

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Valentine’s Day Double Feature

Valentine’s Day Double Feature

Can’t get enough romance this Valentine’s Day? After you’ve watched your favorite love story, cuddle up with the book to inspire some sweet (or steamy!) dreams. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding “Brokeback Mountain” in Close Range: Wyoming Stories, by Annie Proulx Chocolat, by Joanne Harris Doctor Zhivago, […]

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Another Tale of Southern Homecomings for Impatient Harper Lee Fans

Another Tale of Southern Homecomings for Impatient Harper Lee Fans

Readers who can’t wait to get their hands on Harper Lee’s “new” book Go Set a Watchman can’t be expected to go bookless until July. Whet their appetites for tales of a southern daughter’s return by recommending Eudora Welty’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize winning The Optimist’s Daughter. Laurel Hand comes home to visit her father, Judge […]

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Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Precocious amateur PI, Flavia de Luce, returns in the seventh installment of Alan Bradley’s best-selling mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Now a mature twelve-year-old, Flavia is sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Naturally, trouble follows. From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, boarding schools are great backdrops for exploring independence, self-discovery, […]

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Web Crush: Genrify

Web Crush: Genrify

Genrify is a useful blog that celebrates great literary mash-ups that may have tricky genre labels, and helps readers and librarians find more of the same. The blog features reviews, feature blends (with great booklists), microgenres, and more. But one of the best things about this blog is a tool called “The Blender.” Their website […]

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Curl up with Cold Cases

Curl up with Cold Cases

Now, this list could be a pun because of the weather. Or, and in fact, it could be books that, like Michael Connelly’s current bestseller The Burning Room, feature long-unsolved cases at their core. Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson Cross, by James Patterson A Darker Domain, by Val McDermid The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg […]

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It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

It’s All Relative: Dysfunctional Families You Can Reshelve When You’ve Had Enough

The film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel, This Is Where I Leave You, came out on DVD just in time for the holidays. Readers needing to know that their familial spats could be worse will find comfort in these tales of delightful domestic drama. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke […]

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Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

Cuba Libro: Bridging the Distance with Books

This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Current event aficionados are likely to show a renewed interest in the Caribbean nation. Make them happy—give them books! Cuba Libre, by Elmore Leonard Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia Explosion in a […]

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Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore’s Coyote Blue (1994) may be best described as Tom Robbins meets American Gods (2001). The coyote trickster, a reoccurring figure in Native American folklore, appears to insurance salesman Sam Hunter as a handsome Native American who keeps cajoling poor Sam into making some very bad decisions. Is this payback for the act that turned teenage […]

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Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Traditions stick around because they work. So here’s my annual plug for Largehearted Boy’s monstrously comprehensive list of this year’s “best of” lists. Want to know what anyone who has ever had an opinion about anything thought about what was published last year? Check out Largehearted Boy’s Online “Best of 2014″ Lists. A great source of […]

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