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Columbus Noir

This attractive collection will appeal to lovers of crime noir and short crime fiction.

More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood

Nothing new here about Wood. Not an essential purchase.

The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power

Despite a few missteps, Range exhibits a deft hand at keeping track of the multiple plot lines of German politics. This will be of interest to readers of his previous book and those looking for more insight into the beginnings of Hitler’s rise to power.

Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, World War II’s Invisible Secret Weapon

Lewis presents a richly detailed and nail-biting tale. For readers who enjoy well-told history and scholars of World War II.

Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda

A fascinating analysis of Miller and his frightening effects on immigration policy, which is enriched by the author’s vast experience reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border. Recommended for readers interested in politics and immigration.

The NRA: The Unauthorized History

The book is meticulously detailed, sometimes overly so, including investigations into the NRA’s internal debates and parliamentary process. Still, libraries looking for a nonpartisan history of the organization will be well-served.

Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation

An important history, though the book is often redundant in its exploration of the author’s heritage.

A Tangled Web: A Cyberstalker, a Deadly Obsession, and the Twisting Path to Justice

A deft, fascinating true crime story of obsession for fans of the genre as well as those who enjoyed John Bloom and Jim Atkinson’s Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs.

Saving the Last Rhinos: The Life of a Frontline Conservationist

An eye-opening account of the life of a famed conservationist that not only shows the pitfalls he faces on the job but also the hope he finds in others who are determinedly fighting to preserve wildlife.

Pretty Things

With flawless suspense, masterly storytelling, and a plot that hits all the notes of our Instagram world perfectly, this novel is a must-read. Recommended for readers of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Bittersweet or Kathleen Barber’s Follow Me. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]

Who Speaks for the Damned

Highly recommended for lovers of historical mystery, readers who can’t resist a dark, complex but redeemed hero, and anyone looking to see justice done. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/19.]

Plant Magic: Herbalism in Real Life

Accessible, organized, and engaging, this is a useful introductory resource and perennial reference guide. There may be increased interest, too, as readers look for ways to grow their own food and boost their immune systems.

The Greatest Cult Television Shows of All Time

Olson and Reinhard’s knowledge and enthusiasm come through clearly in this fun (and sometimes frustrating) read. 


Plant Tribe: Living Happily Ever After with Plants

An enjoyable guide for beginners and experienced green thumbs alike.


The Crystal Workshop: A Journey into the Healing Power of Crystals

With its thorough explanations of the processes of crystal healing and its numerous references to other scholarly sources, this book will appeal to curious readers and researchers.

Not That Kind of Guy

Readers who enjoy strong and prickly heroines such as Rhiannon from Alisha Rai’s The Right Swipe will root for Bridget as she works through her fears and desires without ever compromising herself or her beliefs.


Miller’s conclusion to her French Revolution–inspired fantasy trilogy is filled with politics, ambitions, hope, and betrayal. Themes of immigration, women’s lives and rights, and democracy are woven into a delightfully intricate prose tapestry.

Being Known

Many readers who have grown up with the “Christy Miller” series will applaud this newest release. A great Christian beach read or just a gentle escape to accompany a cup of tea.

Research Preprint: “Mapping Three Decades of Intellectual Change in Academia”

Metadata: Free Public Data File of 112+ Million Crossref Records Now Available

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries Decides Not to Renew Elsevier Package of 2000 E-Journals

JSTOR’s Managing Director, Laura Brown, Announces Retirement; Will Begin a Part-Time Role at ITHAKA This Month

Library Publishing Coalition Releases “Library Publishing Research Agenda” & “Library Publishing Competencies”

Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19: Findings From a Public Library Association (PLA) Survey Released Today

IFLA Cancels World Library and Information Congress 2020

Roundup (April 9, 2020)

Roundup (April 9, 2020)

Best Books for Home Breadmaking

Life Imitates Art for Stephen King | Book Pulse

New Analysis: “Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation”

Report: “How the Oxford English Dictionary was Brought to Life in a Rustic Scriptorium”

New Funding Announced: $3 Million Fund to Enhance Digital Libraries Across British Columbia

Patricia “Patty” M. Wong Wins 2021-2022 ALA Presidency

DHS Issues Alert: “COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors”

cOAlition S Endorses Support For Transformative Journals, Revised Criteria Released

Hugo Finalists Include Charlie Jane Anders, Tamsyn Muir, & Seanan McGuire | Book Pulse

IMLS, CDC: On Staff Safety, Handling Paper In COVID-19 Pandemic

John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Ted Kennedy, & the Great Chicago Fire: History Previews, Oct. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Books for Foodies: Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Veteran Authors, New Universes: Essential SF/Fantasy/Horror, Oct. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Research Preprint: “On the Persistence of Persistent Identifiers of the Scholarly Web”

Conference Presentation: “Simplifying Content Delivery with InstantILL: Integrating Link Resolvers, OA Searching, and Interlibrary Loan Requesting”

New Report from the Congressional Research Service: “State Broadband Initiatives: Selected State and Local Approaches as Potential Models for Federal Initiatives to Address the Digital Divide”

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Announces $22.2 Million for 224 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Library of Congress Crime Classics Series Debuts Simultaneously in Print and Braille

Knowledge Unlatched Announces Official Launch of “Open Research Community”

Roundup (April 7, 2020)

IMLS Authorizes New Grant Flexibilities for Libraries, Museums

New Resources: SciELO Preprints Begins Operations

SEA MONSTERS Wins the PEN/Faulkner; Did J.K. Rowling Have Coronavirus? | Book Pulse

Hot off the Presses! New Books/eBooks Out This Week

Nora Burmeister, Traci Engel Lesneski, Bridget Quinn-Carey, and More Library People News

Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 2: Getting To Know the Genres

Spring 2020's Most Anticipated Debut Books

Book Sales Volatile as COVID-19 Continues


Journal Article: “Are MOOCs Open Educational Resources? A Literature Review on history, Definitions and Typologies of OER and MOOCs”

NARA: National Archives Connection to U.S. Digital Collections

“Stanford Researchers Discuss the Benefits – and Perils – of Science Without Peer Review”

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants $1 Million to Support Collaborative Conservation across Three University of Washington Organizations

Directory of On-Demand Recordings of Webinars from Library Organizations, Vendors, and Others

New Data: What Books Did Canadians Borrow in March?

Roundup (April 6, 2020)

COVID-19 Webinar Recording Directory from infoDOCKET

Stay-At-Home Stir Crazy? Library Crowdsourcing Projects Provide Productive Distraction at a Social Distance

Shifting Pub Dates Could Lead to Underspending by Libraries | Book Pulse

EveryLibrary Creates Fund to Help Library Workers in Need Because of COVID-19 Shutdowns

The World of Bees | Science & Technology

Starred Titles in Birding | Science & Technology

Women's & LGBTQ Equality, Reimagining Capitalism, Start-Up Culture | Business & Economics

Global Libraries, Online Instruction, & Digital Humanities | Professional Media

Booklist: Cooking from Pantry Staples

Resources From Europeana: “Ideas for Digital Engagement in the Time of COVID-19”

Sweet & Saucy Reads by Burrowes, Hibbert, Jackson, Lee, Wilsner, & Others | Romance

Addiction Memoirs from Rock Stars, Parents, & Hollywood Celebrities | The Reader's Shelf

Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen This Week (A Weekly Fact Check from the Associated Press)

Center For Research Libraries (CRL) Reduces Access Barriers to Nearly 10,000 Digitized Titles

Help For Students: Results of an EDUCAUSE Quick Poll

Roundup (April 3, 2020)

IFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19; ALA, Creative Commons Among Growing List Signatories


The Making It Guide to Crafting

Fans of the television show will snap this up, and anyone else interested in the world of crafting will find inspiration and cheerful encouragement.

Macramé: Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner

A solid choice for anyone already familiar with macramé, but too advanced for the true beginner.

Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts

A book to use long after the first reading. Like the garments the authors so carefully tend to, these pages are sure to take on the stains of well-worn, well-loved readings.

We Are Knitters: Knitspiration To Take Anywhere and Everywhere

A worthwhile overview of knitting for beginners but with interest for more experienced knitters.

Big Book of Embroidery: 250 Stitches with 29 Creative Projects

A nice set of projects, but a real chapter on designing patterns would elevate this book above the herd. Recommended for craft collections.

Woodworking: The Complete Step-by-Step Manual

Recommended as a robust addition to any Maker space reference or general craft collection.

Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys: 25 Quick and Easy Projects To Make

While the book deviates from standard crochet terminology, the patterns within are certain to appeal to the youngster crowd.

The War Widow

Moss (“Makedde Vanderwall” series) has created a thrilling historical novel of post-war Australia that will engross readers from the first page to the last. This book deserves to be added to the top of the list of must-read titles. Book clubs may wish to consider this title as well.

Unveiling the Past

Popular Christian fiction author Sawyer explores earthly and heavenly relationships in this follow-up to Bringing Maggie Home. Those looking for a gentle read that focuses on faith and evangelism may appreciate this, but the tidy ending strains credulity and Sean’s traditional views won’t resonate with everyone.

The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices Of A Country and Its People

Kangarlou presents an engaging set of profiles that offer an important and balanced portrait of Iran, a country often misunderstood and misrepresented in the West.


Well-written novels that feature science (but aren’t sf) are few and far between, and this work is a welcome addition next to Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer or Flight Behavior.

The Friendship List

This engaging story explores the power that lifelong friendship and unconditional love have to help us through life’s challenges. Told with a style as authentic as it is entertaining, this book is for the author’s many fans as well as those who enjoy Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs.

Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff

Recommended for anyone interested in developing entrepreneurial or leadership skills.

Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor

Lehr’s skills as a journalist dig deep into the lives of Yamamoto and Mitchell, shining light on the public and private life of each. Anyone interested in World War II, and especially the war in the Pacific, will find this account fascinating. [See Prepub Alert, 11/4/19.]

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