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Making Love in the Land of Oil Rigs

In 2015, Tabitha Lasley, a former freelance magazine journalist, arrived in Aberdeen, Scotland, the United Kingdom’s oil capital, having spent four years on a novel about rig workers with nothing to show for it. (Her laptop was stolen from the apartment in London that she shared with her emotionally abusive boyfriend, whom she left when he did not sympathize with her loss.) “Sea State,” the result of her second try,
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Sourcebooks, Ebony Ink Deal for Adult Books

Sourcebooks has inked a deal with Ebony Magazine Publishing to create a list of Ebony-branded adult books. Sourcebooks said four to eight books a year will be released under the partnership, which will feature a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles. The first books books in the list will be released this fall.“This collaboration will celebrate the broad spectrum of Black voices through powerful fiction and nonfiction stories with authors
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Thomas Mann’s Brush with Darkness

ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.In 1950, a Briefly Noted reviewer in this magazine made short work of “The Thomas Mann Reader,” an anthology culled from the German novelist’s vast prose output: “The total impression created by this three-hundred-thousand-word monument is that Mann is a major writer, but perhaps not all that major.” A New Yorker subscriber in Los Angeles, residing at 1550 San
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“Bambi” Is Even Bleaker Than You Thought

ContentThis content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.It is one of the most famous murders in the history of cinema. A mother and her child are out for a walk, on the first warm day after a bitter winter. Beguiled by the changing weather, we do not see the danger coming. In fact, we never see it at all, because the man with the gun remains
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ALA Announces ‘I Love My Librarian’ Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) this week announced the 10 winners of the 2022 I Love My Librarian Award. The annual honor recognizes exceptional librarians from libraries of all types (academic, public, school) who were nominated by the patrons they serve for making an impact in the community. ALA officials said they received more than 1,300 nominations from library users for this year’s award, with hundreds of nominations focused on
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David Ferriero to Retire from National Archives

The 10th Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero this week announced that he will retire from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), effective in mid-April, 2022. A highly respected and celebrated library leader, Ferriero was appointed by President Barack Obama and has served as Archivist since November 6, 2009, presiding over one of the most consequential periods in the institution's history.In his 12 years leading NARA, Ferriero
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A Murky Crystal Ball for Booksellers

Independent booksellers across the U.S. reported having strong sales in 2021, especially in the final months of the year, when nearly every store opted to return to in-store shopping for the holiday season. The well-publicized supply chain issues affected fewer titles than expected.A number of book categories that had driven sales in 2020—notably, politics—fell off in popularity last year, booksellers said, while self-help and personal growth continued to gain momentum,
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Print Book Sales Get a Bad Start in 2022

Unit sales of print books got off to tough start in 2022, falling 13.9% last week compared to the first week in 2021 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.The only two categories that had increases in the week ended January 8, 2022, were adult fiction, up 4.5%, and young adult fiction, which had a 4.2% sales increase. Sales had a fast start last year, jumping 23% over the first
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December Religion Bestsellers: Fox News Hosts Takeover; Mitch Albom Tops in Fiction

Two books published by HarperCollins through its partnership with Fox News Books appear on PW’s Religion Nonfiction Bestsellers list for December. Fox News personalities Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy are in the #2 spot with a collection of Christmas traditions from across the U.S. in All American Christmas, which features 16 pages of photography, holiday recipes, and stories from other Fox personalities such as Steve Doocy and Dana Perino. The
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Abuse Survivor Weighs ‘How Much Is a Little Boy Worth?’

Attorney, former gymnast, and abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander wants to remind boys of their immeasurable worth in a new picture book, How Much Is a Little Boy Worth? (Tyndale, Feb. 8). Denhollander became a leading evangelical voice against sexual abuse after her eyewitness testimony helped lead to the conviction of former USA Gymnastics doctor and serial abuser Larry Nassar in 2018.She wrote about her experiences, including why she decided to