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About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

As impressive as the Apple Watch is, I’m going out on a limb and saying that the printing press is still at the top of the heap when it comes to innovation. (Along with the wheel, internal combustion engine, and the programmable coffee maker.) Lead your early adopters into the stacks and remind them where […]

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Of Sinkings and Shipwrecks: Historical High Seas Disaster Stories

Of Sinkings and Shipwrecks: Historical High Seas Disaster Stories

In Erik Larson’s latest bestseller, Dead Wake, he tells the twisting and terrifying tale of the sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915. From the intense fight for survival to the intricate logistics of salvage, these stories of high stakes on the high seas also make for gripping reading. Dark Light, by Randy Wayne […]

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Happy Birthday, Lady Day
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Happy Birthday, Lady Day

Today, April 7, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday’s birth. The recording industry is all over this landmark event, first with Legacy Records’ release today of Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection, which gathers 20 essential recordings from Holiday’s career. In addition, jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James have both […]

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Pioneers and Prairie Tales

Pioneers and Prairie Tales

Nearly a century after is was written, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography, Pioneer Girl, has finally been published. Annotated by her biographer, this nonfiction treasure is currently poised at the top of bestseller lists and could hang on well into summer. For fans of  “simpler times,” recommend these other tales of pioneer life. The All-True Travels […]

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Modern Fiction’s Most Memorable Fables

Modern Fiction’s Most Memorable Fables

Reviewers are hailing Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, The Buried Giant, as profound and magical. Since Aesop’s day (and probably before) we’ve been using fantastic stories to soft sell what is the most important to us. That tradition lives on in some of contemporary fiction’s most memorable fables.   The Alchemist, by Paolo Coelho The Cave, by Jose […]

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Do Not Disturb: Books with Bellhops

Do Not Disturb: Books with Bellhops

First Wes Anderson’s gorgeous film The Grand Budapest Hotel wins four academy awards. Now The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is climbing its way up the box office charts. Seems that hotels are the perfect place to have characters explore who they really are when the neighbors aren’t watching. Of course, novelists have known this for […]

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Give It Up: Books for the Abstemious

Give It Up: Books for the Abstemious

From the sobering to the silly, your stacks are filled with books to scare straight any readers who need a little extra incentive to stay on the straight and narrow this Lenten season. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction, by David Sheff Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella Covet: A […]

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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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