Two on Elvis Costello | LJ Reviews

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Costello, Elvis. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Blue Rider. Oct. 2015. 688p. photos. ISBN 9780399167256. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698140653. MUSIC It’s no surprise that Costello, one of the most literate of rock songwriters, has written a fascinating, rich, and evocative memoir told with warmth, intelligence, and wit and filled with memorable descriptions and observations. Costello […]

LibraryReads November 2015

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That Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are on any most-read list is no surprise. Also on this month’s list of what librarians are reading is a new novel by B.A. Shaprio, author of the well-received 2012 The Art Forger, and a sure-to-be-gorgeous new title by the prolific Isabel Allende. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, […]

Recipes and Stories for National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to a close, and just in time to prepare for your closing party—but also a great choice for other times of year—is Recetas de Mi Vida, a cookbook and memoir in one. In the introduction to the colorful title, editor Bárbara Renaud Gonzáles explains that her Hispanic students at […]

Righting a Wrong: On Forgotten Heroes of the Vietnam Conflict

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Louise Esola’s American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War (Pennway, 2015) focuses on an almost-forgotten tragedy: the death of 74 young men in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evansoff the coast of Vietnam on June 3, 1969.

New Books, New Databases, New Attention to Indigenous Canadian Authors | Reference News, September 15, 2015

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The experiment that is Open Access (OA) continues, and one publisher that reports related success is the innovative University of Regina Press, based in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Q&A: Editors of Chase’s Calendar of Events

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The 59th edition of Chase’s Calendar of Events is due to be published by Bernan this month. LJ recently put a few questions to the editors of the series.

Books on the Brain: LJ Reviews Oliver Sacks

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Doctor, scientist, and writer Oliver Sacks, who died on August 30, is perhaps best known for his 1985 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He was a prolific author, though, over the years penning many explorations of neurological dysfunction and, sometimes, super-function. Below are some reviews of his titles that appeared in LJ over the years.

Click, Clack, Books

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Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]

Einstein and Friends: 100 Years of the General Theory of Relativity and Other Breakthroughs

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This centenary year of the publication of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity sees many books about the scientist and his achievements. Listed here are such titles along with forthcoming and recent works on other scientific breakthroughs.

LibraryReads September 2015

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Some familiar names—Lee Child, Jonathan Evison, Jenny Lawson—have made this month’s LibraryReads, the list of what librarians are reading and loving lately. Happily, though, top of the list this time is a debut, Melissa DeCarlo’s The Art of Crash Landing. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No […]