The original developers of network technology wanted to democratize access to information, but while networks have succeeded in improving access, the ways in which governments and corporations are now gathering and using personal data has been an unfortunate consequence, argued author and computer science pioneer Jaron Lanier during a LIVE from the New York Public Library (NYPL) event on October 10.
Ahead of Halloween, librarians around the country are immersing themselves in the gothic; they name Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black as the October title they are enjoying most. Also making their top ten are new titles from masters Pat Conroy and Amy Tan. Next on my list though, is a mystery with an intriguing setting: [...]
As Library Journal editors scurry to read all the nominees for the best books of 2013, other staffers in the School Library Journal/LJ offices don their specs, give Dave Eggers’s fiction a try, check out some starred books, vampire stories, and mysteries, and delve into their local book clubs’ fall picks. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, [...]
In Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, Australian genetics professor Don Tillman wants to find a wife. Alas, schedule-bound, just plain dorky Don has never made it past a first date. Then he hits on the idea of launching a Wife Project with a questionnaire, “a purpose-built, scientifically valid instrument…to filter out the time wasters, the [...]
Doyle, Brian. The Plover. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781250034779. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250034786. LITERARY FICTION Editor of Portland Magazine, Doyle has written 13 books of fiction, poetry, and essays but came to my attention only with the original and wittily lyrical 2010 novel Mink River—which actually caught the attention of plenty [...]
Bacharach, Jacob. The Bend of the World. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780871406828. $25.95. LITERARY No quite 30 and drifting amiably along in Pittsburgh, Peter Morrison suddenly finds himself drawn to a somewhat ominous couple named Mark and Helen while also tolerating addicted friend Johnny’s obsession with conspiracy theories—except that people really are spotting [...]
Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Cavendon Hall. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781250032355. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250032331. CD: Macmillan Audio. POP FICTION/HISTORICAL Perk up, Downton fans: the mega-best-selling Bradford, OBE, sets her next work in Edwardian England, at the home of the aristocratic Inghams. The family of Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, includes two [...]
Bailey, Philip with Keith Zimmerman & Kent Zimmerman. Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire. Viking. Apr. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780670785889. $28.95. MUSIC Ninety million records sold. Eight Grammy awards. Lot of platinum and gold records. And lead singer Bailey’s leaping multi-octave range. The numbers speak for themselves, but Bailey has more [...]
Denworth, Lydia. I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. Dutton. Apr. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780525953791. $26.95. HEALTH/HEARING When her third son was almost two, Denworth was told that he suffered from profound and progressive hearing loss—a shocking revelation, for as a science writer she well understood [...]
Launch new collection displays with Literary Knits, fairy tale inspired projects, Green Gables patterns, and knits to charm and enchant.
Watching and reading suggestion for fans of Welcome to Night Vale
Hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the October 1, 2013 issue of LJ.
Letters to the editor from LJ's October 1, 2013 issue.
What could be more classic than scary stories in October, as we count down the days to Halloween? Here’s a trick-or-treat sampling of some great rereleases by kings (and a queen) of chill, including two surprise entries: Charles Dickens (who knew he wrote scary, I mean beyond the horrors of Victorian poverty?) and Norvell Page, [...]
Reviews of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.
Guides and diet plans to assist those with diabetes.
Hook up with Grand Central's Forever authors on a tour of historical romance
The latest mystery reviews, news, and more.
A fine tribute to Ishinomori from DeSanto and Cramp, an exemplary debut story and gripping commentary on the graphic form from Greenberg, a masterwork omnibus from Koike and Kojima