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Beyond the Ring | Sports & Recreation, May 2019

Baking Master Class | Cooking, May 2019


Cheers: A Cultural History

A must for Cheers fans and students of popular culture, this is a thorough and thoughtful look at a groundbreaking television gem

You Can’t Fall Off the Floor: And Other Lessons from a Life in Hollywood

This work doesn’t have the gravitas of Robert Evans’s The Kid Stays in the Picture or Julia Phillips’s You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, but it is fun, breezy, and instructive; for fans of Hollywood tales

no time like now: Poems

A grim but somehow salutary record of our moment from one of our truly distinctive poetic voices


Ruffhouse: From the Streets of Philly to the Top of the ’90s Hip-Hop Charts

Fans of these artists will love the insider information on the recording process and the trials and tribulations of getting this music out into the world

A Haven and a Hell: The Ghetto in Black America

A well-researched chronicle of urban black communities throughout American history, with a focus on the early 20th century. This pairs well with Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law

The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats

Informative and well written, this work is ideal for those who enjoy exploring the intersection of politics, sociocultural history, and war

After the Caliphate: The Islamic State & the Future Terrorist Diaspora

Recommended for academic libraries


The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter

Douglas’s latest is harrowing and hard to put down; this will be welcomed by true crime buffs and law enforcement professionals alike

Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

Dagher’s chilling portrayal of Assad’s transformation from an apolitical doctor to ruthless dictator and skilled manipulator makes this book essential; highly recommended

A Mortuary of Books: The Rescue of Jewish Culture After the Holocaust

A serious work of Jewish studies scholarship that is nevertheless important and accessible for anyone interested in the history of the book or postwar Europe

Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

An inspiring read for budding activists

The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest To Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide

A solid choice for those who study urban race relations

From Vladimir Nabokov to Jenny Slate: Literature & Essay Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert


Magical Realism for Non-Believers

A solid choice for large collections, especially where memoirs are popular.


Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas

This earnest memoir is somewhat overstuffed with discussions of religion and Hollywood; the greatest appreciation will likely come from readers interested in a heartfelt look at self-acceptance as well as the complexities of family or personal stories about mending divides between liberal and conservative

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Expect high demand from podcast fans, but also recommend to readers of Jenny Lawson, Cheryl Strayed, and Issa Rae. Crossover potential for older teens

Martha Stewart’s Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small

A great choice for readers looking to add variety to their grilling routine, or for those who are interested in learning how to grill for the first time

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.


Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

This important, accessible introduction to the promise and limitations of AI as it has thus far developed clearly presents the “state of the field” garnered from extensive research. Readers interested in technology’s role in the transformation of medicine will find this an insightful read

Lost Anatomies: The Evolution of the Human Form

While technique and scientific knowledge are clearly demonstrated, it is Gurche’s artwork that brings an extraordinary vision and emotional resonance that will both inform and move readers.


Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary

A disjointed and often frustrating reading experience, with moments of real insight. For devoted Beethoven fans.


We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Will engage both serious students of the LGBT movement and those who appreciate simply browsing the photos, which are by turns fierce, joyful, spirited, determined, and celebratory.


A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well

Agreeably useful reading in any season; as Compagnon quotes from Montaigne’s concluding essay, “Aesop, that great man, saw his master piss as he walked: ‘What then,’ said he, ‘must we drop as we run?’ Let us manage our time; there yet remains a great deal idle and ill employed.” Recommended for Montaigne scholars and general readers alike.


The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson in the Afterlife

Many will find the author’s approach almost as enigmatic as its subject, though serious fans and those interested in deconstructing Michael Jackson’s life and death may appreciate it.


Little Glass Planet: Poems

Idiosyncratic and memorable, Gibson’s poetry will reward readers even through its moments of anguish: “If we belong to anything in the universe,/ it’s to our own music.”

Notes from the Field

Creative and highly thought-provoking, this work should be read not only by those who wish to perform the monologs but by anyone seeking to understand an increasingly frightening and pervasive social ill.


Soft Targets

Not easy or comforting reading, Landau’s latest works as both memory and warning. For serious readers of poetry.


Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

This work reads as a fun and candid conversation with friends who have inside access to your favorite team. It will be enjoyed by devoted Yankees fans and general baseball enthusiasts alike.

U.S. History, June 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

Fifteen Key Poetry Collections from Presses Large and Small | Spring Poetry 2019

Historic Hotels | Social Sciences, May 2019

André Aciman, John Le Carré, Mimi Lemay, Claire North, Kevin Wilson: Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Computer Science, May 2019 | Academic Best Sellers

Kerri K. Greenidge, Phil Keith & Tom Clavin, Thant Myint-U, Elaine Sciolino, & Meryl Secrest: Barbara’s Biography & History Picks, Nov. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Diplomatic Ties | Social Sciences, April 2019


Nonfiction, April 26, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Graphic Novels, April 26, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Albom, Bair, Cahalan, Eskens, Jean-Pierre, Morgenstern, Sattouf: Prepub Alert, Nov. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Humanoids Newest Graphic Novel about Coping with Bipolar Disorder, Just in Time For Mental Health Awareness Month


Graphic Novels, April 19, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Nonfiction, April 19, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Jung Chang, Orlando Figes, Dan Jones, Edmund Morris, & Alan Taylor: Barbara’s History Picks, Oct. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Matters Mostly of War: History Previews, Oct. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Bill Bryson & Maria Goodavage: Barbara’s Science Picks, Oct. 2019, Pt. 4

Dogs, Cats, Artificial Intelligence, & Health: Science Previews, Oct. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Mathematics, April 2019 | Best Sellers


Nonfiction, April 12, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Graphic Novels, April 12, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Arts & Performing Arts: Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

More Big Arts & Performing Arts Books: Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2019. Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert


Graphic Novels, April 5, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Nonfiction, April 5, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Serving the Servant

Fans of Cobain will devour this recollection of life with the artist, even when it gets heavy on the business and legal side of the story. [Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Adrienne Brodeur, Augusten Burroughs, Jaquira Díaz, Amaryllis Fox, Saeed Jones, Christopher McDougall, Carmen Maria Machado, & Aarti Namdev Shahani: Barbara's Memoir Picks, Oct. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Family, Inspiration, & Good-Byes: More Big Memoir Previews, Oct. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert


Graphic Novels, March 29, 2019


Nonfiction, March 29, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

50 Years After Stonewall | Collection Development: LGBTQ History

Voting Rights | Social Sciences, April 2019

Today’s Stories: Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Gail Collins, Davis/Shear, and Richard Stengel: Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert


Nonfiction, March 22, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Graphic Novels, March 22, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Starred Reviews | March 2019

Foer, Lemann, O’Brien, & More: Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Mothers, Doctors, & Skaters: Memoir Previews, Sept. 2019, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert


Nonfiction, March 15, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Cozy Living, Decluttering, Financial Freedom, Radical Kindness, Preparing for the Unexpected | Self-Help, March 2019

Ball, Doughty, Jamison, Rushdie, Truong, & Moser on Sontag: Barbara's Picks, Sept. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Roman-Era London to Palestine Today: History Previews, Sept. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Disaster Preparedness, Modern Library Design, Project Management | Professional Media, March 2019


Graphic Novels, March 8, 2019 | Xpress Reviews


Nonfiction, March 8, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Hurricanes, Aging, and the Human-Animal Link: Science Previews, Sept. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Carroll, Foner, Klein, Power: Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert


Project Management in Libraries: On Time, on Budget, on Target

A solid playbook for managers overseeing all types of projects. Those who have struggled with this skill in the past, as well as those new to it, will find this title invaluable.

Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women's Work

Balancing theory and action, this manifesto presents a refreshing take on reproductive justice.

Cozy: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World

A pleasant read that reassures us it's okay to lounge around in old sweats and socks.

Leonard Bernstein and the Language of Jazz

Though acknowledging that Bernstein never played or approached improvisational jazz, Baber offers compelling evidence of the composer's integration of jazz and blues into his wide-ranging work; for academic-minded music fans.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This smart and well-researched analysis of a cult classic is recommended for horror fans.

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving

A powerful salve in the midst of rudeness and disrespect seen in society today.

When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland's Freedom

This is solid popular history; fans of Irish historian Tim Pat Coogan will find it most enjoyable.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Purnell's work is well researched, fast paced, and gives a captivating look at one of World War II's unsung heroes. This will interest readers intrigued by the history of espionage as well as women's and military history. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government To Bring Their Husbands Home

This unputdownable story of strength and determination is a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

With poetic chapter titles, and enhanced by 21 color photographs, especially of brilliant warblers, this highly recommended account makes for thoughtful reading for both experienced and novice birders.

The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose

Wilson's voice comes through loud and clear in this memoir that should have wide appeal.

Childless Living: The Joys and Challenges of Life Without Children

Steeped in thoughtful research, this intimate portrait of childless living would serve as a valuable sociological tool for understanding family structures as well as a guide for readers considering the childfree option.

Dinner Just for Two

A first purchase for library cookery collections and an invaluable resource for anyone preparing meals for smaller households.

Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married

Pop psychology fans and adventurous book clubs will be at home here. Recommended for public libraries.

Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897–1922

Interesting on so many levels, this is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

The Tradition

Though many poems here risk intruding on some readers' comfort zones, Brown's uneasy fusion of art, conscience, eroticism, and rage—like any serious poetry worth close attention—aspires to greatness within the fragmented immediacies of our historical moment while suggesting a shared human destination: "A poem is a gesture toward home." [An editor's pick, LJ 2/19, p. 23.]

Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?

While Rieckens began his austere existence after a lifestyle of affluence, readers will benefit from the wisdom of saving today in the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance

Not simply a onetime read, this collection offers those who wish to be invested in realizing the social justice of collective freedom a reference for daily consideration, discussion, inspiration, or instruction.

The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness

An efficient, handy guide to mindfulness techniques for those already embracing the concept but who aren't sure they're doing it right.

Engaging Design: Creating Libraries for Modern Users

An additional purchase for librarians curious about library design.

Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap

An insightful, at times harrowing, chronicle of the ups and downs of marriage and the many roles we play in one another's lives.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest To Build the World's Greatest Library

Recommended for bibliophiles and history buffs alike. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise

Readers intrigued by the Internet's history and the laws that govern it will breeze through this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always revealing narrative. See also Evan Ratliff's The Mastermind.

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