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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.

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


Nonfiction, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews


Fiction, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

U.S. History, September 2018 | Best Sellers

Explore DK's The Philosophy Book


Graphic Novels, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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

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


Fall/Winter Bests | Debut Novels

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

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

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

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

Series-Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion: Patron Newsletter

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

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

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

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

The Balancing Act | Parenting Reviews

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


Berthe Morisot | Fine Arts Reviews


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


Fiction, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews


Nonfiction, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews


E-Originals, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews


Graphic Novels, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

New Bestsellers Arrive, September 13, 2018 | Book Pulse

Computer Science, September 2018 | Best Sellers

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

The Path to Vietnam | History Reviews


Women's Lives | Fiction Reviews

Explore DK's The Psychology Book


Beyond the Stars | Science & Technology Reviews

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

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


The Modernists | Fine Arts Reviews

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

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

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

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

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Anticipated Fall Debuts | Wyatt's World

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


Graphic Novels, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

New Bestsellers Arrive, September 6, 2018 | Book Pulse


Nonfiction, September 7, 2018


Fiction, September 7, 2018    


E-Originals, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Classical Music?

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

African History, August 2018 | Best Sellers


The Science of Sleep | Collection Development

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The Water Thief

While the use of italics can be somewhat confusing, as they represent more than one voice, this is an unpredicatable and compelling work that will generate many conversations.

The Kinship of Secrets

Though the ending seems a bit rushed, as the sisters go off to college and enter their twenties, Kim is a true storyteller, and her latest work is engaging throughout. Readers who enjoy family sagas by Lisa See and Jamie Ford will appreciate this one. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]


This poignant journey into the lives of Italian villagers through the creation of a personal play is a thoughtful meditation on the intersection between tradition and the modern world, creativity and a community's shared past; fascinating stuff.

Bad Girls

An immensely gripping thriller, although a bit of historical knowledge about the era is helpful in grasping the full implications of the revolution taking place in the background. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]

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

An excellent choice for home mixologists.

Che: A Revolutionary Life

Guevara's life makes for both a breathtaking adventure story and a sobering history that readers are sure to embrace with enthusiasm. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]

Red Trees

Although a bit slow-moving, this documentary employs a unique perspective and is worth seeing for those with an interest in cinematography and in World War II history.

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.

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.]

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.]

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.

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.

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 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.

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.]



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.]


Readers who enjoy fiction concerning real people and general readers of fiction will enjoy this book. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]

Basketball: A Love Story

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

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Hanna-Attisha's debut work offers a dramatic firsthand view of what happens when government fails to serve the public good, sacrificing public health for the sake of saving municipal dollars. ["Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment": LJ 6/1/18 starred review of the One World hc.]

Woman World

It'll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.

Reengineering the Library: Issues in Electronic Resources Management

Required reading for all library directors and technical services librarians.

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.

Midsomer Murders: County Case Files

High-quality mystery viewing; not to be missed by fans of the genre.

Love, Lies & Records

Although a bit of a soap opera, this series is a lot more engaging than its rather bland title would suggest. Recommended for public libraries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Americans at War: Eyewitness Accounts from the American Revolution to the 21st Century

Of interest to lower- and upper-level undergraduate military history students seeking primary source documents.

The Guilty Dead

Tracy combines the best qualities of a fast-paced thriller with an intricately plotted police procedural in this intense sequel to Nothing Stays Buried. There's a large cast of characters, but readers of the compelling Monkeewrench novels will have no problem following the suspenseful story.

Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire

Especially relevant in view of recent widespread fires and of compelling interest to naturalists, the logging industry, land managers, and the general public. Most highly recommended.

The Tensorate Series: The Black Tides of Heaven; The Red Threads of Fortune; The Descent of Monsters

Of interest to fans of sf and fantasy.

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.]

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.]

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