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Englander, Lalami, Mayes, & More:  Barbara's Picks, Mar. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Top fiction from Pulitzer Prize finalists Nathan Englander and Laila Lalami, plus Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Siri Hustvedt and National Book Award finalist Salvatore Scibona, combines with travel writing from Barry Lope and Frances Mayes and Alex Kotlowitz's study of murder in Chicago.

Art & Criticism: Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Two group biographies, cutting-edge criticism, and an examination of the human obsession with miniatures.


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Year with Nature: An Almanac

For readers short on time but big on appreciating the world in new ways.

Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life

A complementary portrayal of a compelling political personality. Recommended for readers interested in Senator Warren, politics, and the lives of inspirational women.

The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

Well researched, with an extensive bibliography of primary sources, this work will appeal to both scholarly and armchair historians, as well as readers with an interest in contemporary politics, California history, modern history, family history, and biography.

The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback

Readers of Simon Sinek (Leaders Eat Last) will be interested in this recommended firsthand account of employee pushback.

The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World Order

Students of 20th-century political and economic history will appreciate this detailed examination of Willkie's rise to prominence and subsequent political career. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/17.]

The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

An intriguing and often horrifying saga of government policy and food regulation.

The Smithsonian History of Space Exploration: From the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future

A recommended introduction to space exploration, this readable history is further supplemented with sidebars, historical photographs, and charts.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Goodwin distills years of scholarship into an easily accessible study of leadership qualities that will appeal to anybody interested in American history, U.S. presidents, and leadership studies. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18.]

The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism

This work reads like a novel with many footnotes and is ideal for anyone interested in contemporary American politics. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography

For folk music enthusiasts as well as readers and institutions with a strong interest in educational awareness and activism on behalf of Indigenous peoples.

Financial Management for Libraries

This clearly written tutorial will be a welcome addition for any librarian with financial responsibilities.

When the Last Lion Roars: The Rise and Fall of the King of the Beasts

Compelling, highly recommended reading for all interested in natural history, hunting, human history, Africa, and India.

The Last Days of Letterman

Sure to please Letterman superfans, but the narrow focus may put off casual readers.

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975

Will appeal to more than military and political history lovers; it may become one of the standard accounts of the war. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Arctic Solitaire: A Boat, a Bay, and the Quest for the Perfect Bear

Souders writes with such intelligence and authenticity, amateur and would-be adventurers will be charmed by his travels.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Readers of Harari's previous works will find this volume uniquely engaging in its application of those larger contours of history and future to contemporary society. Highly recommended for general readers and academics alike.

Consent on Campus: A Manifesto

Its shortcomings aside, this book will likely prove a fruitful tool for group reading, reflection, assessment, and action.

A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society

As an extended interview, this book is a bit scattered, addressing not one particular topic but providing plenty of thought-provoking insight into the mind and personality of the pope across a vast array of contemporary issues. It will be enjoyed by readers, Catholic or not, interested in the perspectives of an influential and widely beloved global spiritual leader.

American Modernism: Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Highly recommended for readers interested in the history of American art.

A Doctor's Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Heath and a Culture of Wellness

A scientifically grounded, affectionately written work primarily aimed at medical professionals and trainees. Still, laypersons will find useful insights and tools to enhance well-being within its pages.

The Man I Never Met: A Memoir

Highly recommended for all collections, this is a captivating account that readers won't be able to put down.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Walker forthrightly addresses our despair while ultimately offering poems of love and hope for all readers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking

One of the many new books that emphasize wholesome meals using ingredients that can be found at large supermarkets or specialized grocery stores, this work is recommended for complete cookbook collections or where wine and food pairings are popular.

Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad

Recommended for popular science readers looking to refute the antivaccination debate as well as readers interested in children's public health.

American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time

As in every anthology, some poems impress and others not so much. But the best provide images and characters (real or imagined) in strong language, and the multiplicity of viewpoints and energy presented here often remind us of what it means to be human.

The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes: Featuring 300 Homebrew Recipes from Your Favorite Breweries

Considering the growth of craft and home brewing, replicating established beers, as well as styles that have gained popularity, is a welcome challenge. As a straight "recipe" book, this title is best suited for the experienced homebrewer.

The Sex Pistols—1977: The Bollocks Diaries

The large format makes this an awkward selection for borrowing, but with its bright colors and evocative aesthetic, it lends itself to eye-catching book displays. Perfect for breezing through within the library.

Road to Disaster: A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam

Will interest military history buffs and anyone still trying to understand America's most outstanding military fiasco. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

How Does It Feel To Be Unwanted? Stories of Resistance and Resilience from Mexicans Living in the United States

Truax's book is special because it tells riveting personal stories while making the case for a more humane immigration policy that will make even the most callous public official soften. Highly recommended for all readers.

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

Introduced by author Simon Mason, this wide-ranging excursion maintains impressive coherence and is bound to satisfy devoted Pullman readers curious about his illuminating observations and why the appetite for—and value of—fiction is universal, from fire-lit cave to seminar room.

Feast: Food of the Islamic World

This beautifully photographed, insightful book features a wide range of recipes; however, it's not written with inexperienced home cooks in mind. Many of the recipes feature specialty ingredients and techniques that require confidence in the kitchen. As a talking-piece and authority on Islamic cuisine, however, it's an excellent addition to any foodie's library. [See Prepub Alert, 12/4/17.]

Becoming Lincoln

Freehling's readable and telling account shows that Lincoln "becoming Lincoln" was inexorable but not inevitable and, with that, reveals the contingencies and contradictions defining America, then and now.


Get in the car and go for a ride with Myles. You'll be entertained—never having to guess what the poet is thinking or where you're being taken.

Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World—and Ourselves

For anyone interested in natural science. Though the content isn't geared toward children, teachers might use the concepts to foster an interest in science in kids fascinated with zombies.

Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants To Start a Business

This recommended book provides honest guidance about the work that goes into a new company, delivered in digestible chunks for the entrepreneur on the go.

How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide

An important and timely voice to discussions of race in America.

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

Current and former football fans, as well as readers fascinated by American culture, will find this an important look at the NFL today.

The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America

Recommended for readers of Alexandra Robbins's works, The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

This detailed, well-written, and timely work on an important topic is highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]

The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

An absorbing read for space exploration enthusiasts, from high schoolers to adults.

Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Notorious Scandal Magazine

Popular culture enthusiasts and media studies students will appreciate how this well-documented tale resonates in today's climate of celebrity scandal and Orwellian politics.

Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765–1776

For professional and casual historians of early American government, military, and citizen protest movements, this well-researched and concisely written monograph takes a timely look back at the history and spirit of dissent.

Dry: Delicious Handcrafted Cocktails and Other Clever Concoctions—Seasonal, Refreshing, Alcohol-Free

An excellent choice for home mixologists.

A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement

Highly recommended for those interested in American Indian studies or civil rights. This work should be read alongside Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen Warrior's Like a Hurricane.

Chopin's Piano: In Search of the Instrument That Transformed Music

Densely written and packed with details, this title will appeal not only to readers who enjoy Chopin but also those interested in piano history.

Refinery29 Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Your Finances… And Everyone Else's

The addictively voyeuristic yet introspective nature of these diaries is sure to help women everywhere better understand their spending and saving behaviors.

Gabriele Münter

With beautiful color images and a chronology, this work is recommended for readers interested in 20th-century German art and in women artists.

The King and the Catholics: England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780–1829

A gripping telling of the struggle for Catholic rights in England and Ireland that is still relevant and will appeal to all who appreciate a good story about the fight for justice.

White Kids: Growing up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

A crucial examination of the intimate family practices by which structural privilege is passed from generation to generation.

OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program To Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet

While readers seeking help with converting to plant-based eating would be best served by seminal works such as Campbell's The China Study Solution, Esselstyn's Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease or The Engine 2 Diet, Cameron's book will appeal to environmentally conscious readers concerned with lifestyle changes that help reduce their carbon footprint.

The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World

A provocative and well-written look at current issues in the political landscape. For general readers interested in geopolitics as well as undergraduate programs in border studies and world politics. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]

Movers and Shakers: Women Making Waves in Spirits, Beer & Wine

Will have strong appeal to those interested in women's work as well as the history and people in the beer, wine, spirit, and bar industries.

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways

A thought-provoking book that should be required reading for anyone working in public health or public policy arenas.

18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather

This terrific, accessible, and exciting read helps us to better understand the aspects of weather and the atmosphere all around us.

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice's story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

A readable work of complicated computer science and mathematical treatments of data that engages, delights, and informs. Fry incites readers to consider both the strengths and weaknesses of human and machine, science and the scientist before we render full control to algorithms to run our daily lives.

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.

All You Can Ever Know

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

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.

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 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.

Fight Like A Girl

Ford's quick, provocative read will appeal to anyone who desires a better understanding of the complex, intersectional issues so often lumped into phrases such as rape culture. Read alongside Susan Faludi's Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women and Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards's Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.

Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I.

An excellent analysis of American's involvement in World War I. Recommended for anyone interested in U.S. military history.

Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resources Management

Required reading for all library directors and technical services librarians.


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.

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.]

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.

Basketball: A Love Story

Highly recommended for all public libraries; this work will appeal to both casual and die-hard basketball fans.

Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1966–2016

This book will reinforce readers' admiration for the Beatles and give them an appreciation for a producer's efforts. For all collections.

Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City

An inspirational sports book of narrative nonfiction, one that can be read for posterity.

Money Rock: A Family's Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

An incisive take on uncovering causal analysis into the often overlooked criminal headlines. Highly recommended for those interested in urban or black studies.

Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Readers will come away with a refreshed appreciation of silhouettes, both their significance historically but also their influence on today's artists whose art compels viewers to reflect on identity and its portrayal through time.

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.

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

YA history buffs and academics alike will want to read, reminisce, and chuckle through this fun but well-done work.

Nonfiction, August 31, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Of interest to anyone curious about the many ways of being bisexual; this engaging book shares the author’s enthusiasm for the rebirth of midsized cities; Gelfand ponders whether social norms can help us address our collective challenges; a book more of assertion than persuasion that will interest readers in tracking Lincoln’s daily concerns; for all interested in current events, memoirs, and the refugee crisis; Douglass researchers will discover this highly readable and engaging scholarship

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