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Board Games in 100 Moves

With full-color illustrations of artifacts, art, components, and game boards, this is a great entry point into the history of board games that should appeal to everyone from chess enthusiasts to modern hobby gamers.
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No Excuses: The Making of a Head Coach

This book will appeal to fans of college football as well as the University of Oklahoma but may not have wide appeal to general sports fans.
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It’s Garry Shandling’s Book

It’s fitting that a comic whose best-known role deconstructed the late night talk show host should have a book that obsessively deconstructs him. Shandling’s determination to pursue authenticity through his work will appeal to comedy fans and mindfulness practitioners. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers

This is a scholarly narrative but well worth consideration by general readers as well as education and media professionals. Klarén’s commentary is thought provoking and illuminating.
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The Law (in Plain English) for Nonprofit Organizations

For anyone involved in nonprofit work and general readers curious about legal questions.
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Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany’s Winter Campaign, 1941–1942

A solid analysis of the 1941–42 winter campaign, this work should appeal to readers interested in operations on the World War II’s eastern front.
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The Words Between Us

Fans of Jenny B. Jones and Courtney Walsh will be drawn to this engaging, heartfelt story.
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A Transcontinental Affair

Marred by stereotypes, including a derogatory term for a Native American woman, as well as improbable plotlines, Daynard’s (A More Perfect Union) novel may have limited appeal for die-hard fans of historical romances set in the frontier West.

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Page to Screen, Sept. 20, 2019 | Book Pulse

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The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era

An optional purchase, as this is well-trod ground. [See Prepub Alert, 6/10/19.]

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From Hell to Breakfast

Fans of magical realism and unreliable narrators might enjoy this sophomore effort from Tifft (The Long Fire), but the story leaves readers with more questions than answers. The narrative style alternates between first person and stream of conscience and at times is hard to follow. Recommended only for larger collections or where the author’s previous work circulated well.
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A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantánamo

A sobering book for audiences interested in law and current affairs.

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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

A touching example of the power of storytelling, this book will appeal to readers of Before We Were Yours and those interested in family histories and issues related to adoption.

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Isabellae. Vol. 1

Spanish creators Raule (Jazz Maynard) and Gabor (Agrippine) feature a cast of likable characters, plenty of surprising twists, and brilliantly designed and dynamic action scenes is this collection comprising three volumes previously unavailable in English. Readers will be anxious for the forthcoming second volume, which promises to conclude the story.

Snow, Glass, Apples

Doran, drawing inspiration from art nouveau and Irish illustrator Harry Clarke, eschews conventional formatting and panel grids, presenting the story in lush, fully painted, free-flowing layouts that nicely complement Gaiman’s lyrical narration. An excellent choice for adult horror collections.
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The Borgias

An epic historical saga of blood, sex, and corruption. Originally published in four separate volumes, collected as a single work for the first time.

New Bestsellers, Sept. 19, 2019 | Book Pulse

Book Awards & More Fall Reads, Sept. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

National Book Awards & Milton's Shakespeare, Sept. 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

Travel Trending: In Search of Meaningful Experiences

Barbara’s Picks (Jemisin, McMillan, Zigman, & More), Plus Friendship, Love, & Fantasy: Pop Fiction, Mar. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks (Bittman/Katz, David Rohde, James Shapiro, David Sheff), plus Social Science, Science, Arts, & Sports: Nonfiction Previews, Mar. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Return to Gilead with Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

Living Small | Collection Development: Tiny Homes

Romance Revs Up, with Rom-Coms, Cozy Christmas Tales, and Paranormal Twists | Romance, Sept. 2019

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 16, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

Characterized by strong storytelling within a scholarly framework, this book will appeal to readers interested in how science is performed and accomplished, and anyone curious about Earth’s changing climate.
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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

This clearly written and engaging overview of human exploration since our beginnings will capture the imaginations of both YA and adult readers. Highly recommended.
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The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

A passionate, heartfelt account that will heighten our awareness of an important issue.
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Designing Babies: How Technology Is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Well-researched and rigorous yet highly readable, this study of reproductive liberty will assist patients on their journey through the infertility maze and enlighten general readers about this ever-changing industry.

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Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the author’s sheer athleticism and technical aspects of his feat, while armchair adventurers can marvel at the far north’s natural beauties.

Legends of Hip-Hop, Sleeping in the Library, & Walter Mosley vs. HR | Around the Web, Sept. 13, 2019

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The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna

A colorful, quirky, and ultimately moving look at a misunderstood faith and the iron-willed women who continue to sustain it.
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Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug

A fascinating ride through some of the fastest-paced politics of the 1960s with a larger-than-life character and well suited for feminist history readers.

Page to Screen, Sept. 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2019

Recommended for readers of psychological mysteries and thrillers as well as genre aficionados seeking the standout stories of the year.

The Last Train to London

With its well-developed characters and race-against-the-clock plot, this fantastic novel should have broad appeal, especially with fans of historical fiction and thrillers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

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Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago

While readers will no doubt enjoy being introduced to some of Chicago’s most intriguing blues artists, this is by no means an introductory text. Instead, it’s a comprehensive, scholarly book, complete with thorough notes and a list of works cited--a thought-provoking addition to academic libraries serving students of music and/or popular culture.
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The Dog Log: An Accidental Memoir of Yapping Yorkies, Quarreling Neighbors, and the Unlikely Friendships That Saved My Life

Though occasionally overwritten, this heartwarming “who saved whom?” story will appeal to dog owners, the lovelorn, and fans of comic memoirs.

Wonderland: An Anthology

This collection is not to be missed. Highly recommended for Wonderland aficionados as well as general fans of fantasy, sf, and horror.
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Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Recommended for college students and academics with an interest in history, Latin American history, Aztec history, and Mexico’s colonial past.

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Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.

New Bestsellers, Sept. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Going to the Dogs | Science & Technology, Sept. 2019

Adaptations Make News, Sept. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Never Forget: A Look Back at World War II

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Super Tuesday for Books, Sept. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Authors In Their Own Words: Penguin Random House Library Marketing’s ALA Annual 2019 Author Luncheon

Spotlight on Johnson's Debut and Steiner's Latest, with Archer, Barclay , Crombie, Ellett, Meyer, Perry, Sveistrup, & Others | Mystery & Suspense, Sept. 2019

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Barbara’s Picks (Human Rights, Churchill’s Circle, Madison’s Other Family, & a Rebel Cinderella), plus More History, with an Accent on World War II; History Previews, Mar. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Top 20 Best-Selling Education Titles | Academic Best Sellers

The Testaments

 If The Handmaid’s Tale chills to the marrow, its sequel surges along with a sort of dark ebullience, absorbing as a thriller and ultimately hopeful even as it highlights the dangers that always lie in wait. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

Barbara’s Picks (Louise Erdrich, Lily King, James McBride, Hilary Mantel, & More), plus Debuts, English-Language Debuts, and Other Award-Worthy Works: Literary Fiction, Mar. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

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Supreme Glamour

The facts here will not be new to fans, but the candid photographs provide a rich visual record of the stars’ life as performers. To see the gowns alongside Wilson’s down-to-earth accounts of what it felt like to wear them will be fun for enthusiasts of 1960s pop culture and the Supremes.
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Girl to City

Rigby vaults readers back to a scarier but glamorous time in New York. Watching her grow up and pursue her dreams is gratifying. Fans of she-punk memoirs and stories of success on one’s own terms will enjoy this.
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The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

Readers will learn about transplanation as they cheer on Ailsa as she starts a job and a relationship, chooses a career path, and deals with the complexities of family.
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Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History

Roberts briefly distills conservative views on what it takes to be a leader, producing an extremely readable, if sometimes simplified, summation of this aspect of military history. For public libraries and larger academic collections.
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The Power in the Room: Radical Education Through Youth Organizing and Employment

Readers interested in the intersection of political activism, economics, community, and education will find ample food for thought in Gillen’s insightful call for action.
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The Imaginary Corpse

This special and distinct novel will be enjoyed by fans of genre-bending tales and literary mashups, excellent for admirers of Jasper Fforde or Neil Gaiman.
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Harrow’s expressive debut depicts humankind’s resistance to change, repression of the “other,” and the desperation of the privileged when their prosperity is threatened. Fans of C.S. Lewis will be drawn to this magical coming-of-age tale and allegorical commentary on social justice.

System Failure

A great introduction to space opera for novices and a fun time for all. This novel can be read as a stand-alone, but starting with the previous two books in the series will offer the best experience.
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Americana: (And the Act of Getting over It)

Healy might never quite get to the bottom of America, but his thoughtful storytelling provides a funny and honest peek into a life-changing quest most people will never experience firsthand, making it appealing for hiking enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike.
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The Hard Tomorrow

Davis’s subtle take on a major philosophical question is an efficient and affective read for anyone struggling to find purpose in trying times.
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House of Whispers. Vol. 1: The Power Divided

A new story existing in Gaiman’s Sandman Universe, this ongoing series, cowritten by Nalo Hopkinson (Midnight Robber) and Dan Watters (24 Panels; Limbo), collects the first story line in a delightfully dark magical adventure that credibly utilizes the wonderful Americana of mythic New Orleans as the enchanted setting.

Puerto Rico Past and Present | Social Sciences, Sept. 2019

Page to Screen, Sept. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Blood Sugar

Neither horror nor noir but an eye-opening look at what some have to do to survive. Recommended for larger collections.
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The Girl with the Leica

This novel presents a chance to highlight Gerda’s story, her daring and accomplishments, and might have finally removed her from under Capa’s shadow. Instead, Strega Prize winner Janeczek (Bloody Cow), and translator Goldstein, deliver a work filled with impenetrable prose, scant action, and an unsatisfying portrait of a woman with a brief, if eventful and interesting life.

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Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake: More Than 150 Recipes in One Cast-Iron Pan

This is a strong addition to the cookbook section at any public library. Byrn makes a solid case for the multipurpose appliance along with many mouthwatering recipes.

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The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design

A solid introduction to complex issues for general readers without a technical background. Practitioners or computer science students will need to look elsewhere for more technical advice.

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Food52 Dynamite Chicken: 60 Never-Boring Recipes for Your Favorite Bird; A Cookbook

For anyone tired of the same old chicken recipes, home cooks interested in a new take on an old favorite, or those looking to get started on an easily accessible ingredient.
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Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot To Rediscover the Golden State

Neely's account is a solid mix of adventure story and history lesson. Recommended for anyone interested in California history.

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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

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American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750–1865

This is an ambitious book whose occasional excesses of verbiage can be forgiven because it has so much to tell. It is handsomely produced, with illustrations and maps, and will appeal principally to history buffs.

New Bestsellers, Sept. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Testaments Gets the Spotlight, Sept. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Fortuna

Merbeth’s space opera takes off in new directions after her previous postapocalyptic books (Bite; Raid). High energy, high stakes, and lots of high notes will give readers who enjoy Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera a new volume on which to crash-land.
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The True Bastards

French’s sequel to The Grey Bastards, a 2018 LJ Best Book, continues the half-orcs’ penchant for rough rides, foul language, and heady action sequences. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/19.]
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One Dark Wish

Danger abounds in this steamy second entry in Wray’s “Deadly Force” series (after Every Deep Desire) that is unfortunately marred by too many plot twists, making it difficult even for familiar readers to keep everything straight.
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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

This work will mainly interest technologists who are exploring the computational and technological foundations of AI and the present implications these bring to the digital era.
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A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

While Coleman asks as many questions as she answers, this book changes the typical conversation from the effects that technology has on humans to the effects that humans (in their politics, faith, biases) have on technology. It’s a must read for both the cyber crowds and those interested in human psychology.

Authors In Their Own Words: Penguin Random House Library Marketing’s BookExpo Librarian Breakfast 2019

Aurora Blazing

This second book in the “Consortium Rebellion” trilogy (after Polaris Rising) is another exciting, action-driven read. Strong female characters, a slow-burn romance, and interplanetary adventures will draw in both sf and romance readers, especially fans of Ilona Andrews, Becky Chambers, and Mary Robinette Kowal’s “Lady Astronaut” series.

The Killing Light

This final volume of the “Sacred Throne” trilogy (after Queen of Crows) will wreck your emotions in the worst and best ways. Writing intelligent, intense prose, Cole delivers vivid worldbuilding in a story brimming with religious and military fervor and ruthless action, offering a stunning conclusion to Heloise’s journey.

Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery

Wickedness and white magic, edgy prose, and celebrated authors make this a magical volume that twists and shapes the witch archetype into fascinating, dark tales.

The Deep

This slim story packs a huge punch. Beautiful and stark in its pain, this emotional journey is one that all readers should take, in order to remember the atrocities of slavery. [See “Fall Fireworks,” LJ 8/19.]

The Impossible Contract

Doore’s second novel (after The Perfect Assassin) continues the lush worldbuilding and inclusive characters of the first, while establishing exciting action- and emotion-filled sequences that will keep readers engaged.
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Watt O’Hugh and the Innocent Dead: Being the Third Part of the Strange and Astounding Memoirs of Watt O’Hugh the Third

Genre mashup devotees should get some good laughs and thrills from this Western/adventure/sf/fantasy blend. Fans of Doctor Who may adapt easily to the timey-wimeyness, and readers of Richard Kadrey’s “Sandman Slim” series who long for more atypical excursions to hell will enjoy as well.
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The Rise of Magicks

The final volume of “The Chronicles of the One” (Of Blood and Bone; Year One) is a full fantasy, postapocalyptic version of Roberts’s tried and true storytelling mastery. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]

The Name of All Things

The second of Lyons’s “Chorus of Dragons” series (after The Ruin of Kings) carries on the epic settings, memorable characters, and broad mythological foundations. Lyons is creating a complex and wonderful series that will immerse and delight.
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The Merry Viscount

What begins as a typical snowbound-at-Christmas tale evolves into an emotionally driven reflection on how love can help overcome past traumas. Perfect for readers looking for a more thoughtful holiday story.

Bringing Down the Duke

Dunmore’s debut is chock-full of verve, history, and passion, introducing a heroine who knows her worth and is determined not to be held back by her past. This series opener provides many opportunities for future installments, which will comfort readers as they reach the enthralling denouement.
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The Lady and the Highwayman

Eden’s latest entry in the “Victorian” series (after Ashes on the Moor) is a joy to read, filled with adventure, suspense, two characters longing for love but protective of their secrets. Two original penny dreadfuls interspersed throughout make this story even more impressive.
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How To Cross a Marquess

Ashford’s third book in the series (after A Lord Apart) reveals that distance and time and perhaps a nudge from the right person at the right moment can set us on a new path toward happiness. Plenty of peril and intrigue keep the pages of this satisfying Regency romance turning.
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No Judgments

As in Cabot’s previous adult romances (e.g., The Boy Is Back), our heroine’s wit and humor and determination to stay the course shines through in this breezy story that is a pure delight to read.
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