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Heads of the Colored People

Thompson-Spires succeeds in striking just the right balance between acidity and pathos. This book will appeal to listeners who appreciate clever, innovative writing about painful subjects. [“Presenting unique characters, gifted storyteller Thompson-Spires navigates the black experience with humor and poignancy while also acknowledging the inherent tensions and exposure to violence black citizens encounter”: LJ 3/15/18 starred review of the Atria hc.]

Something in the Water

The balance of terror and hope in this first novel is breathtaking. Listeners will anxiously await another novel from Steadman, and will hope the author will choose to narrate future works as well. [“Erin’s and Mark’s motivations are sketchy and a number of threads are left untied at the end, leaving the reader hanging. Still, this has been getting some prepub buzz so die-hard thriller fans might be interested”: LJ Xpress Reviews 6/15/18 review of the Ballantine hc.]

Endeavour: The Complete Fifth Season

The plots, characters, and university backdrop will entrance old and new Morse fans all the way to the evocative musical notes ending each episode.

Arts, Letters, & Plenty of Adaptation News, Sept. 21, 2018 | Book Pulse

Eight adaptations air this weekend, with news that plenty of more are to come. Michelle Obama "is generating Beyoncé-level sales" for her book tour. Authors and editors writing letters and artists getting book treatments make news. Abir Mukherjee wins the Wilbur Smith prize for A Necessary Evil.

New Bestsellers Arrive, plus the Man Booker Shortlist, Sept. 20, 2018 | Book Pulse

Fear by Bob Woodward tops the bestseller lists. The Man Booker Shortlist makes a bit of literary history. The NYT Romance column is out, and George R.R. Martin has something to say about Winds of Winter (mostly, still not on the way).

Nonfiction, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

These pieces from a preeminent critic will reward a wide swath of music fans who will perhaps be provoked to discuss the mosaic that is popular music in the 20th and early 21st centuries; while written for the professional mediator, this work may be valuable for negotiators, facilitators, and those wishing to effect social change

Fiction, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

A solid fantasy with well-articulated magical systems; quality, innovative worldbuilding grounds this volume; this stand-alone features nonstop action and a loner character; a sweet romance with a plucky heroine and a drool-worthy hero; Kramer’s romance is made to be read during awards season; a suspenseful and timely dystopian thriller; for fans of noir; a book club–ready selection that tackles issues of sexual assault and racism with clarity

U.S. History, September 2018 | Best Sellers

September 2017 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

Explore DK's The Philosophy Book

An essential introduction to the history, concepts, and thinking behind philosophy that demystifies what can often be daunting subject matter, laid out in DK's signature visual style.


Graphic Novels, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Fans of occult fantasy, African juju, or well-told dark vs. light sagas will find this very satisfying; a great read for anyone interested in conspiracy theories, spiritualism, illusionists, or good old-fashioned pulp literature

Book Lists, Awards, and Increased Coverage, Sept. 19, 2018 | Book Pulse

Poet Danez Smith wins the Forward Prize. New York Media, including New York Magazine and Vulture, plans to triple book coverage. Captain Marvel gets a trailer.

The Most Important Books of the 2000s, Sept. 18, 2018 | Book Pulse

Vulture names the 100 most important books of the 2000s. Vanity Fair picks the best books of fall. Book sales jumped 2% in the first half of 2018. Trailers are out for Mary Poppins Returns and The Girl in the Spider's Web.

Fall/Winter Bests | Debut Novels

LJ regularly collates the best debut novels being published today—books for the fall season that our reviewers have endorsed and for the winter season that look poised to be the most promising.

From Atwood to See: Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in graphic format, Claudia Rankine’s first published play, Anuradha Bhagwati’s story of founding the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), plus Eggers, See, and more.

Sherlock-Alikes from Abdul-Jabbar, Delany, & Thomas | Mystery Reviews

Conan Doyle fans will relish the period accuracy, but a wider audience will enjoy the intelligent treatment of race and social standing; cozy readers will appreciate the quirky, indiosyncratic Gemma Doyle; Thomas’s fans will savor this intricately crafted mystery, although others may find it difficult to follow

Top Short Fiction for Fall: Nine Collections Representing the Best of the Genre

Creepy stories that don't make for light reading but definitely get under your skin; beautiful stories with good, old-fashioned virtues; well developed and sufficiently tilted in content to attract a range of serious readers; surreal, disturbing, and decidedly original; important for serious literature collections

America's Favorite Desserts, Quick-Fix Recipes for Athletes, Ottolenghi Keeps It "Simple," Turshen Reinvents Leftovers | Cooking Reviews

Those with a passion for baking cookies will gravitate to this book; Ottolenghi’s many fans will want this, but so will home cooks; a diverse and memorable addition to any home kitchen; no one is better than Turshen at coming up with unpretentious, delicious, and approachable recipes

Series-Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion: Patron Newsletter

Last week Recorded Books posted an article about displaying marketing materials inside the library, Key #6 in the series “Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion.” Purposefully displaying marketing materials inside the library is an effective way to promote your digital content services.

History, True Crime, & the Law: Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

From Roman emperors to FDR’s advisors during World War II to mid-1800s London crime and Lizzie Borden’s trial.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 17, 2018 | Book Pulse

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith leads holds this week. The No. 1 LibraryReads pick for September, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, comes out this week. More fall book previews arrive and the Emmy Awards air tonight. Several of the nominees are book-based.

23 Essential Thrillers: Fiction Previews, Mar. 2019, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

Good, old-fashioned thrillers from Berry, Box, Coulter, and more, plus a Patterson stand-alone and lots of domestic suspense.

Callahan on Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Romantic Suspense from Irvin and Johnson | Christian Fiction Reviews

For fans of Karen White and Mary Alice Monroe; Irvin creates a complex web with enough twists and turns to keep even the most savvy romantic suspense readers guessing; Johnson pens an evocative tale of family intrigue and dashing romance

The Balancing Act | Parenting Reviews

Morgenstern's many fans will appreciate the organizational insights she brings to the parenting arena; although this title will no doubt appeal to some readers, numerous other volumes in the series off the majority of the same information

Small Country

With the novel already an internationally best-selling, major prize–winning achievement, this indelible audio edition should be widely available. [“Faye eloquently speaks to the untenable choices, among love of country, family, or survival, that victims in conflict zones are forced to make”: LJ 4/15/18 review of the ­Hogarth: Crown hc.]

Old Dog

Viewers will be fascinated by the deep and unspoken bond between a man and his dogs and can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show; highly recommended for general audiences

Books Hitting the Screens; NBA Longlists | Book Pulse

Seven adaptations start today or through the week, and there is news of more. The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction and Poetry are out. The Fiction longlist will be announced later today.

Berthe Morisot | Fine Arts Reviews

Recommended for readers with a basic knowledge of the subject but wish to know more; lovely color images and details of the artworks comprise this excellent overview of an important impressionist artist

Book The Halls: 28 Holiday Titles To Add to Your Wish Lists

A small sampling of our favorite holiday titles that readers can relax with or give to that special someone

Fiction, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

The range of authors, styles, and settings in these tales ensures every reader will find something to remember; Guillory’s sophomore effort cements her place as a favorite in contemporary romance; intriguing, revelatory, and unexpected; smartly conceived and fluidly written, a wise and entertaining debut; this energized, lusciously written work is train-wreck absorbing

Nonfiction, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Readers with an interest in Churchill will appreciate; should appeal to those interested in public policy related to the alleviation of poverty; this will convince even the most landlocked chefs that they can make a good fish dish; for those who enjoy uplifting memoirs; a welcome addition to the canon of writing by female rock critics; a brief, memorable treatise on gender and sexuality

E-Originals, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Charming and sexy, with plenty of lingering glances and tingling will-they/won’t-they moments; for readers into well-plotted insta-love tropes, feisty STEM/STEAM heroines, and athletes with a heart of gold; this fun Christmas tale will get readers in the holiday spirit

Graphic Novels, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Sequential art fights quantum mechanics in a battle for comprehension…to a draw; an enjoyable read for fans of nuanced character studies and coming-of-age stories set in the real world

New Bestsellers Arrive, September 13, 2018 | Book Pulse

Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by J. D. Robb tops the bestseller lists. Stormy Daniels is publishing a memoir. The Washington Post picks its books for the fall. According to the NEA, reading fiction is down while poetry is up.

Computer Science, September 2018 | Best Sellers

October 2017 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

How-To Manage Electronic Resources and Library Finances | Professional Reading Reviews

Required reading for all library directors and technical services librarians; this clearly written tutorial will be a welcome addition for any librarian with financial responsibilities

The Path to Vietnam | History Reviews

Hasting's volume will appeal to more than military and political history lovers; for military history buffs and anyone trying to understand America's most outstanding military fiasco

Women's Lives | Fiction Reviews

Readers who relate to loss and family trials will enjoy Tilda's emotional journey; Pope's first novel is a candid view of the heartbreaking journey of losing a loved one

Explore DK's The Psychology Book

Clearly explaining more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the field, The Psychology Book uses accessible text and easy-to-follow graphics and illustrations to explain the complex theoretical and experimental foundations of psychology.


Beyond the Stars | Science & Technology Reviews

An absorbing read and recommended introduction to space exploration for subject enthusiasts

Book Award Season Ramps Up, Sept. 12, 2018 | Book Pulse

Book award season begins today as The National Book Awards longlists for Young People's Literature and Translated Literature are announced. Tomorrow sees more. The Brooklyn Public Library has announced its shortlist for the 2018 BPL Literary Prize. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward has sold out on Amazon; wait times are now 1-3 weeks.

Librarians Depicted on the Silver Screen, Sept. 11, 2018 | Book Pulse

The Great American Read begins again today. The Toronto Film Festival makes news for book-based films, and a library-set one. Outlander gets its trailer and Meghan Markle's dog will star in a book.

The Modernists | Fine Arts Reviews

High-quality images of Albers's weavings will interest fiber artists and historians alike; recommended for readers interested in 20th-century German art and women artists

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, September 10, 2018 | Book Pulse

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward leads holds this week, by a landslide. The Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Awards have been announced. People magazine offers "The Best Books of Fall." The PBS The Great American Read is back on air tomorrow and the National Book Awards Longlists start appearing on Wednesday.

Greg Grandin, Ali Smith, G. Willow Wilson, & More: Barbara's Picks, Mar. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

March 2019 promises to be a big month with big titles. Here, check out fiction from Peter Heller, Ali Smith, and David Vann, fantasy from G. Willow Wilson, a graphic memoir from Mira Jacob, and nonfiction ranging from American mythologizing to two Harlem Renaissance greats to Christopher Columbus's son, who built a great library.

The World Today: Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

From Red State LGBTers and unhidden racial bias to the importance of diplomacy and women working together, important stories for the world today.

From Black Souls to Black and Blue: Mystery Previews, Mar.  2019, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Here you'll find favorite mystery authors from Emily Brightwell to David Rosenfelt, but check out surprises like Gioacchino Criaco's Black Souls, an international hit, and S.C. Perkins's Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery winner.

Series-Keys to Succesful Digital Content Promotion: Display Marketing Materials Inside Library

Last week Recorded Books continued the series “Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion” with an article on social mediaSocial media is an engaging way to reach out to patrons. The most popular site used by libraries of all sizes is Faceboo

Anticipated Fall Debuts | Wyatt's World

The big fall book season begins with new novels from mainstay authors and these five debuts of note.

Reese Witherspoon Announces September Book Pick, Sept. 7, 2018 | Book Pulse

Reese Witherspoon's September book pick is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Four adaptations open today or over the weekend. The Academy walks back the popular film Oscar. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell create an illustrated essay about "why we need libraries.”


Graphic Novels, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Andersen is a must; strongly recommended to fans of Block, Scudder, crime fiction; cutthroat business culture meets Quentin Tarantino; introducing concepts that feel hauntingly genuine; fans of the Beatles and their “Yellow Submarine” will be excited

New Bestsellers Arrive, September 6, 2018 | Book Pulse

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien tops the NYT best sellers list. Captain Marvel is getting buzz as first images debut. BBC America will simulcast Doctor Who when it premieres in the UK on October 7.

Nonfiction, September 7, 2018

Required reading where technology meets the customer; suitable for those championing new ideas in an old company; Garrett’s titles is less “Fire and Fury” and more Bob Woodward; of appeal to those interested in critical librarianship

Fiction, September 7, 2018    

Arthur’s characters face real-world problems; appeal to readers who enjoy dark comedy; this fluidly translated debut novel captures the power of unspoken grief; readers will be riveted right up to the end; Schwab deliver a satisfying story

E-Originals, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

The focus on Catalina’s special talent set against the drama of the wedding makes this mystery a perfect page-turner; a lighthearted read with believable characters and a few steamy scenes interspersed that contemporary romance readers will likely enjoy

The Next Trump Book Arrives with a Bang, Sept. 5, 2018 | Book Pulse

Bob Woodward's Fear: Trump in the White House gets all the buzz. September and Fall book picks are out. The Belletrist September book pick is The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty and Henry Cavill will star in the adaptation of The Witcher books.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Classical Music?

Put your knowledge of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and more to the test with our ultimate composers quiz inspired by The Classical Music Book.

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 4, 2018 | Book Pulse

Leverage in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel by J. D. Robb tops the holds count this week. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs is People's Book of the Week while Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. Lee Child, Bill Gates, and Molly Gloss all have reviews out in various papers. Tomorrow look for the best September books and big fall picks.

African History, August 2018 | Best Sellers

September 2017 to date as identified by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO

The Science of Sleep | Collection Development

High quality and sufficient quantity sleep are both crucial to health and success—and can be harder than ever to get. The past two years have seen a boom in books about this precious commodity: those written by sleep researchers and specialists explaining the science and suggesting remedies and those about the philosophy, sociology, and/or history of sleep. Among them, these 23 titles promise to awaken most collections.

Series-Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion: Social Media

Last week Recorded Books posted an article about featuring digital content on a library’s website, Key #4 in the series “Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion.” Prominently featuring a digital service on the homepage of your library’s website is an effective way to ensure a patron will see it—and easily click to access it.


Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump

Presidential political science and history buffs will pore over this captivating study; researchers will find the further reading suggestions particularly helpful.

Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals: 18 Infection-Fighting Herbs and Essential Oils

An excellent guide for general readers interested in healthy and natural ways to treat illnesses and injuries.

East West 101: Series 1

Adding societal discord to the standard police procedural format makes for a winning combination that fans of international TV should appreciate.

These Truths: A History of the United States

This thought-provoking and fascinating book stands to become the definitive one-volume U.S. history for a new generation. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]

Something Great and Beautiful: A Novel of Love, Wall Street, and Focaccia

Italian author Pellegrini's first novel written in English skewers the absurdities of Wall Street, combining the comic with the trenchant to create a winning recipe.

What the Hell Do You Have To Lose? Trump's War on Civil Rights

Though historians and political scientists might already be familiar with its content, this page-turning work sheds much-needed insight on exposing demagoguery in an era of alternative facts.


Libraries should be prepared to offer Warlight in all formats. [“Ondaatje’s prose encapsulates readers in the dreariness of London and the claustrophobic confines of Nathaniel’s experience”: LJ 4/15/18 review of the Knopf hc.]

The Kiss Quotient

A treat; recommended for all fiction collections. ["Equal parts sugar and spice. Highly recommended": LJ 3/1/18 starred review of the Berkley hc.]

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Fans of narrative nonfiction, the Cold War, spy stories, foreign relations among the United States, England, and Russia, and Macintyre's previous works will greatly enjoy this incredible true account.

The Pan-Industrial Revolution: How New Manufacturing Titans will Transform the World

Not for casual readers, this book is both speculative and informative and probably longer than it needs to be. It will interest primarily those involved with operations management.

Act & Punishment: The Pussy Riot Trials

Recommended to viewers interested in digging behind the headlines and exploring the intersection of art, punk, and politics in contemporary Russia.

In His Own Home

A well-meaning documentary that, unfortunately, skims the surface of topics that deserve more thorough and in-depth attention.

Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League

Bradley's analysis and narrative are essential for readers interested in curricular and cultural changes in U.S. higher education or the civil rights and the black power movements' fuller range of effects in pushing institutional white America to expand opportunities and move toward racial and social justice.

The Cats Came Back

Fans of Jenn McKinlay's and Dean James's library mysteries may appreciate this series. However, with its large cast of characters, this latest entry is definitely for those who have already read the other books in this heartwarming series.

Summer Cannibals

Hobson draws a riveting picture of twisted family dynamics in this compulsively readable novel.

Blue Iguana

A two-bit criminal meets a low-rent lawyer...

Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People

This wonderful and uplifting reflection on youth, lessons learned, and self-love would be a perfect gift for graduates and fans of inspiring reads.

Washington Black

Edugyan, whose Half Blood Blues was a finalist for the Orange and Man Booker prizes and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, delivers a vibrant, poignant tale of a man's search for selfhood in a world where some see him as less than whole. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]

The Grey Bastards

This high-octane, high-testosterone fantasy with dirty-handed but loyal heroes is in the vein of Joe Abercrombie's "First Law" novels, Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" books, and Mark Lawrence's "Broken Empire," but it's less grimdark and more optimistic. ["This gritty debut takes the swords and sorcery trope to new heights; a must for epic fantasy enthusiasts": LJ 6/15/18 starred review of the Crown hc.]

Scandal Above Stairs

Warm, sensible, and smart, Kat is brought appealingly to life by Piazza, who is also adept at characterizations of high-born ladies, pompous gentlemen, thieving villains, and frightened kitchen maids.

The Glass Ocean

Admired in historical and women's fiction circles, these best-selling authors create an absorbing tale interlaced with espionage, secrets, romance, and historic detail. Both witty and urbane despite the ultimate tragedy, this is a beautifully rendered retrospective. For all historical fiction devotees. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

A must-read for fans of black and queer history, literary biography, and women's history.

Dead Man Running

Readers new to the "Alex McKnight" series will be thrilled with this fast-paced, nonstop ride and longtime fans will appreciate the way the author delves a bit more into Alex's personal life. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]

The Last Breath

This suspenseful, issue-oriented follow-up to The Last Girl vividly showcases a Florida community suffering from a war between developers and those who treasure the beach lifestyle. Readers of John and Blaize Clement's "Dixie Hemingway" mysteries will enjoy this.

Can We All Be Feminists? New Writing from Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others on Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism

This anthology works excellently as a response to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists as it marks how feminism has historically excluded and alienated various groups while suggesting inclusive ways forward.


This powerful, passionate narrative is hopeful but real, reading like a confessional with no sugarcoating. If you care about black lives and black experience, this is a must-read. Excellent for readers interested in family dynamics, race relations, higher education, and body awareness.

The Dakota Winters

Barbash (The Last Good Chance) has written a beautiful, evocative novel of family devotion, celebrity, downfall, and survival, framed by the political and cultural upheavals of America on the cusp of a new decade. Irresistibly tender. [See Prepub Alert, 6/21/18.]

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone

Tech enthusiasts and students of business, marketing, and ecommerce will benefit from the detailed chronicling of the early Internet days. Readers will delight in being reminded of long-forgotten platforms and in understanding how Internet evangelists, Wall Street, and the moneyed elite have shaped our online lives.

The Silence of the Girls

Both lyrical and brutal, Barker's novel is not to savor delicately but rather to be devoured in great bloody gulps. A must read! [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18; "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 8/18.]


English presents an original, often lyrical story of a teen girl and her horse as she finds her way in a world full of false friends and traitorous adults. A solid choice for thoughtful readers interested in stories of families and relationships. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]

The Pisces

Melding self-help, scathing social commentary, academic exposé, American privilege, fervent nods to the ancient Greeks, and—eye-poppingly graphic—erotica with a mythical creature, Broder will satisfy all curious voyeurs. ["A wild ride from a narrator whose sardonic outlook reveals profound truths about the nature of the self": LJ 3/15/18 review of the Hogarth: Crown hc.]

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

A scholarly yet accessible read. Anyone interested in American foreign policy will want to reflect on Walt's thesis.


Beatty lets his hair down in 1975...

So Far So Good

Le Guin's last completed collection should be accessible to a wide range of readers, including her fiction fans; her keen and eloquent style engages age, memory, nature, time, and perception.

House of Gold

Filled with rich period detail, vivid characterization, and heartfelt emotion, this meticulously researched novel by Solomons (The House at Tyneford) is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.

Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards

An essential reference for experienced genealogists looking to develop businesses or ensure that their research products are consistent with professional standards.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

Albom's gift for storytelling continues to shine in this sequel to his best-selling The Five People You Meet in Heaven. With true-to-life characters, this quick parable serves as a reminder that through empathy and forgiveness, we can survive our losses. In turn, our troubles are mere beginnings to a future of wonderful possibilities. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

My Friend Dahmer

Mixing teen comedy with serial killer cinema, this shockingly true story based on Backderf's graphic novel is a thoughtfully terrifying look at unmonitored tendencies and careless interactions combining to forge a serial murderer.

All You Can Ever Know

This touching memoir explores issues of identity, racism, motherhood, and sisterhood with eloquence and grace. Highly recommended.

Anni Albers

Thoroughly researched and with high quality images that do justice to the color and dimensionality of Albers's weavings, this book will interest fiber artists and historians and students of modern art and architecture.

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