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COVID Claims BookExpo | Book Pulse

Rising Star Thriller Writers: Fiction Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Big-Name Thriller Writers: Fiction Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Unexpected Lives: Memoir Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Award Winners and Rising Stars: Literary Fiction Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Big Data, Blockchain, Women in Computing, and More in Computer Science Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Must-Have Databases for Academic and Public Libraries 2020

'The Bluest Eye' by Toni Morrison is the 'Today' Book Club Pick | Book Pulse


Best Graphic Novels of 2020

Best Books 2020

Best Science & Technology Books of 2020


Best Short Stories 2020

Best World Literature of 2020

Best Poetry of 2020

Best Arts Books of 2020

Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2020

Best Cooking & Food Books of 2020

Best Social Sciences Books of 2020

Best Romance of 2020

'A Sky Beyond the Storm' by Sabaa Tahir Leads Holds | Book Pulse

Best SF & Fantasy of 2020

Best Pop Fiction of 2020

NYPL Librarians Choose the Best Books of 2020 | Book Pulse

From Chicago to Maine to Cuba: Mystery Previews, Jun. 2021, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

America, World War II, and What Books Can Do | History Previews, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

The New York Times Picks 'The 10 Best Books of 2020' | Book Pulse

'Ready Player Two' by Ernest Cline Tops This Week's Holds | Book Pulse


Easy Homemade Pottery: Make Your Own Stylish Decor Using Polymer and Air-Dry Clay

Stone gives good coverage of a fun new medium to explore, especially as people spend more time at home. This book will appeal to a wide audience of clay artists, both beginning and more experienced. It is a good basic, instructional resource.

Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year

Protracted dissections of events such as the Grammys may prove tedious, but pop fans with an appetite for nostalgia will find much to like.

Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now

This useful account will help readers understand Biden’s mindset and suggests a blueprint for the next four years. For more in-depth, but pre–2020 campaign accounts, see Steven Levingston’s Barack And Joe and Jules Witcover’s Joe Biden.

They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll

Devotees of Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and/or Starz, and they are legion, are going to lick this up. Rock this way.

This One Wild and Precious Life: The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World

This may be one of the first books that culminates in the events of 2020 and offers a solution for moving forward. Although Wilson comes across as a bit rambling and even privileged at times, her stories are fascinating and her message is universal and hopeful. Readers with wanderlust will be inspired by her journey and calls to action.

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Music students and aficionados alike will appreciate this engaging and accessible portrait of the composer.

The Butcher of Paris

While chapters covering the investigation feel slightly underdeveloped, a final sequence detailing Petiot’s trial is truly captivating.

The Battle of Hastings: The Fall of the Anglo-Saxons and the Rise of the Normans

This dense account is not written in a narrative format but seeks for a firm understanding of a pivotal moment in history. Casual readers will not get as much out of Bradbury’s book as serious students of history and readers who like deep analysis of events.

Mickey All-Stars

A total delight with high appeal for children and adult readers alike.

'Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart Wins 2020 Booker Prize | Book Pulse

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany

Readers interested in German and Cold War history and cultural studies of religious and supernatural beliefs will find much to enjoy in this rich study.

'Interior Chinatown' and 'The Dead Are Arising' Win the 2020 National Book Awards | Book Pulse

The Impacts of Publishing a Donald Trump Memoir | Book Pulse

Galchen, Lin, Shriver, Taddeo, Williams: Fiction Sneak Peeks, Jun. 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Young Pandemic Doctors, American Slavery, and Losing—and Finding—the Soul of a Nation: Nonfiction Sneak Peeks, Jun. 2021, Pt. 1 | Prepub Alert

Best Horror of 2020

Best Literary Fiction of 2020

Best Crime Fiction of 2020

'How to Fail at Flirting' Tops December Library Reads List | Book Pulse

Barack Obama's Memoir Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse

Reviews & Excerpts of Barack Obama's 'A Promised Land' | Book Pulse


Instant Family Meals: Delicious Dishes from Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot

Readers with an electric pressure cooker will find this book useful. Like Copeland’s previous book, this one offers easy-to-follow recipes that are attainable by new and experienced cooks alike.

Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World War II Tell Us About Our History and Ourselves

An insight into World War II that will appeal mostly to military enthusiasts and those interested in social history.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Robots: The Future of Human-Robot Collaboration

Unlike dry technology books, this accessible account incorporates absorbing writing, personal anecdotes, and scientific projections of life with robots. The authors’ writing will speak to readers interested in futuristic technology and those who enjoy comparing current innovations to upcoming technologies.

Discovering the Inner Mother: A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power

Those with estranged or difficult relationships with their mothers will find affirmation. Good for collections strong in feminist works or the psychology of family dynamics.

This Is Bop: Jon Hendricks and the Art of Vocal Jazz

This evocative work conveys the challenges and successes Hendricks experienced and make for an affecting, well-rounded portrait of an underappreciated jazz artist who is ripe for rediscovery.

Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett

An accessible maritime history for libraries with extensive World War II collections.

All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

With the recent denigration of journalists by government officials and purveyors of fringe media, stories such as Downie’s are important. Aspiring journalism students and readers of the Post would especially appreciate this biography.

The Truth of Yoga: A Comprehensive Guide to Yoga’s History, Texts, Philosophy, and Practices

Simpson covers the study and practice of yoga in this comprehensive yet accessible text. By sharing what he has learned, and continues to learn, without prescribing a single, definitive approach, he welcomes readers to embrace the truth of yoga.

Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt Between the Islamic and the Contemporary

This richly illustrated, scholarly book is recommended for anyone with an interest in modern Middle Eastern art and society.

The Con

DeLuzio gives an up close and personal look at the sometimes feared, often mocked sf convention, only this one just might have real aliens in attendance. The double entendre title highlights the book’s deeper theme: How do we define what is real and what is fantasy? Some readers may be confused by the sf references and gaming jargon, but the quirky cast of characters and their relatable geekiness more than make up for it. Includes short stories “Troll Bridge” and “Do You See What I See?”

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights. Vol. 1: The Manning Files

Illustrator Kudranski’s (Superman: Action Comics. Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt) use of eerie red and purple tones to highlight otherwise murkily dark scenes is truly stunning. Otherwise, this is a relatively stock noir story line enlivened, but not quite redeemed, by an infusion of horror tropes.

The Wrong Family

This book rates a 10 out of 10 on the creepiness scale. Readers will be peering over their shoulders with trepidation as their paranoia levels soar. Suspense fans will love being frightened by this twisty plot. Fisher’s (The Wives) goosebump-inducing book will spook readers long after the final pages are turned.

Rise of the East India Company, An Asian American Reckoning, the Shenzhen Experiment, and More in Asian History Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Time Lists the '100 Must-Read Books of 2020' | Book Pulse

Quarantine, Arts, & Rights: General Nonfiction, May 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Holocaust & Resistance: History Previews, May 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

American Triumphs and Tragedies: History Previews, May 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist Announced | Book Pulse

Friends & Family, Best Sellers & Hot Debuts: Pop Fiction, May 2021, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

'How to Pronounce Knife' by Souvankham Thammavongsa Wins 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize| Book Pulse

'The Law of Innocence' by Michael Connelly Tops Holds This Week | Book Pulse

'Luster' and 'Stakes Is High' Win 2020 Kirkus Prize | Book Pulse


Dracula, Motherf**ker

Amazing neonoir expressionistic art by Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) is unfortunately fatally drained of lifeblood by undernourished characters and the uneven narrative of de Campi (Archie vs. Predator). Still, die-hard Dracula fans and enthusiasts of the award-winning creators may want to give this a try.

Painting Florals with Gouache: An Introduction to Creating Beautiful Botanical Artwork

For anyone wishing to explore their artistic side, this is a solid addition to the genre of simple, well-guided instructional art books.

Jagged Little Pill

Ardent Morissette fans and Broadway buffs will enjoy this peek behind the curtain.


The combination of hard sf elements and Hughes’s background as a cartoonist create a vivid, expansive reading experience. This will especially interest readers who are excited by hybrid novels that blend traditional and illustrative formats.

New Jack Reacher and Wimpy Kid Are Bestsellers | Book Pulse

Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist Announced, Plus November Reading Lists | Book Pulse

Fifty Famous Mathematicians, Pythagoras's Legacy, Stories of Resilience, and More in Mathematics Titles | Academic Best Sellers

Q&A: Author Deborah Douglas Blends Travel and Black History

Chasing One’s History: Memoir Previews, May 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Historical Fiction, Literary and Popular: Fiction Previews, May 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Actors & YouTubers: Media Memoirs, May 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Coming of Age, Literary/Popular Crossover Titles by Up-and-Coming Authors | Fiction Previews, May 2021, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

From Chase-Riboud to Rowley: Five Big Literary Authors, May 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

The Glow from Within & Leaning on Others: Self-Help Previews, May 2021, Pt. 3| Prepub Alert

Books in Spanish: Embracing the Latinx Experience, Language, and Identity

Jenna Bush Hager Picks 'White Ivy' by Susie Yang for the 'Today' Book Club | Book Pulse

A Glorious Celebration of Genius in The Art of Jazz

Centering Black Livelihoods | Social Sciences Reviews

Focusing on Collective Memory | Social Sciences Reviews

'Fortune and Glory' by Janet Evanovich Leads Holds; World Fantasy Award Winners Announced | Book Pulse

Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

An ideal overview of American violence that will pique the interest of general readers and provide high school students and undergraduates with an outstanding resource for reports and background research.

LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

Paired with Sally Kuykendall’s Skewed Studies, this work provides everything one needs in designing and following through on LGBTQ research. A must for health science and social science majors, graduate students, faculty, and researchers.

African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs

Covering subjects that are frequently mentioned in contemporary discourse but not always fully explained (see, for instance, the informative entry on historically Black colleges and universities), this is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers.

A History of What Comes Next

Neuvel’s intriguing first-contact story is set through centuries of manipulation and pursuit. It’s a promising start to what looks to be a dark and exciting trilogy.

The Burning God

An incredible end to this epic trilogy. Mixing historical parallels of Chinese history, the themes of war, politics, and colonialism are balanced with terrific, flawed characters and amazing worldbuilding.

Persephone Station

This enjoyable and thrilling read features excellent worldbuilding and lively characterizations. The engaging crew and well-drawn plot will have readers hoping this will become a series.

We Could Be Heroes

Chen’s (A Beginning at the End) writing wraps hard topics with heartfelt and humorous prose, creating a delightful novel of the steps and missteps of power, friendship, and trust.

D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), an award-winning writer of short stories, fiction, and nonfiction, has created a thoroughly engaging young adult crossover fantasy that occasionally breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader midstory. Clever and enjoyable, this Narnia-like work will delight any fantasy buff.

The Children’s Train

Ardone’s first English-language translation is recommended to fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and for libraries where those are popular.

All Girls

An important take on sexuality and #MeToo from the perspective of the young, including many references to pop culture and social media.

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