LJ Reference Reviews: December 1, 2015


The African American experience; the history of law without the legalese; movies that stimulate discussion and debate; plus databases that feature conversations with researchers and technology-related video lectures

LJ Media Reviews: December 1, 2015


Audio fiction from Gottlieb, Higgins, Penny, Stradal; nonfiction on song production, medicine, grammar and God. Starred films, from Indian Summers to Glen Campbell to the final season of Downton Abbey

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 1, 2015


Mindful home design, Big Apple architecture, sustainable gardening, trends in typewriting, retirement planning, The Parker Sisters, one family’s Hundred Year Walk, embedded librarianship, sex trafficking, and best travel

LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015


Standout debuts from Johnson (Julia Claiborne), Johnson (Julie Christine), Lord, Messinger, new mystery series from Hartwell, Khan, starred sf/fantasy from Anders, Bennett, and Tregillis

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015


Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts

Musician Memoirs | LJ Reviews


A nonlinear exploration of Costello’s life and career; a candid, long-winded, and wickedly witty punk rock legend Lydon; an unexpected side of Smith

An Iconic Town: Looking at Big Apple Books | LJ Reviews


A superb example of mid-century modern architecture; striking design details of 47 interiors built from 1811 to 1967; the High Line will enthrall design fanatics; fans of fine photography will find much to absorb in Store Front II

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015


Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.

Pepper Pot | LJ Reviews


Home gardeners as well as avid chili heads will appreciate the vast quantity of peppers covered in The Field Guide to Peppers; Maguire offers a taste of the spice culture that is sure to lure many to the hot side

Back to Basics: Treatises on Human Origins | LJ Reviews


Begun’s Real Planet of the Apes is suitable for those with an academic background in the subject; Hands isn’t an easy read; Mesler and Cleaves are timely and accessible; Rothman will appeal to specialists