Developing Creativity, Crafting Naturally, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers, Home Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Guides to creativity, paper-pieced quilt patterns, hand-painted yarns, step-by-step walkthroughs for a variety of clothing repair and tailoring tasks, dwellings showcasing the skills used to create a comfortable home in a small space.

18th-Century French Fashion, 20th-Century Literary History, Contemporary Painting | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Chrisman-Campbell explores the variety and novelty of 18th-century fashion trends, Jefferson ties together classical stories on how seafaring and ocean adventure influenced authors, Hudson’s well-illustrated survey of the disparate tendencies in international painting.

The Homesman, a “Polished” Jewel in the Crown, the Adult Film Industry, Fast Scans, & More | Video Reviews, April 15, 2015

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The Homesman is not like any other Western, an Emmy Award winner finally receives the digital makeover not accorded its 25th anniversary edition, first-time director Kezin’s odd but captivating and touching documentary.

The Latest from Greg Iles, Norah Vincent on Virginia Woolf, an Unconventional Kate Walbert | Fiction Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Best-selling author Iles superbly blends past and present in his swift and riveting story line, a beautifully written and penetrating re-creation of the life of Virginia Woolf, Walbert presents vivid imagery and passages of pure poetry.

New Authors Alvar, Clifford, Drager, Ohanesian, Walker, & Many Others | Debut Fiction, April 15, 2015

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Alvar’s narratives straddle multiple countries and cultures, 25-year police veteran Griffin debuts a well-written and action-packed crime thriller, Papernick offers persuasive insights into the nature of fanaticism, Walker’s story pops.

Sarah Addison Allen, John Vaillant, with Bios of Stonewall Jackson and the Equal Justice Initiative | Audiobook Reviews, April 15, 2015

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For Allen fans and others appreciative of quirky small towns and character-driven fare; a well-crafted biography canvassing Stonewall Jackson’s life; true stories from New Orleans; Vaillant’s masterly detail of the desperate life in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tanzer’s Debut of the Month, Peter Clines, Neal Stephenson, RIP Terry Pratchett, Plus Series Lineup | Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2015

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When people think of sf, they usually picture far-flung futures and alien encounters. But just as many novels in the genre hew much closer to our own time and place. Some riveting examples included here deal with the present and the near future.

Graphic Novels by Edginton & Deas, with Austen, and Horrocks | Xpress Reviews

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Forget Colin firth; here’s a new Pride and Prejudice for the modern reader; anyone with an interest in the history or creation of comics will find themselves enthralled by Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Nonfiction on Grieving and Overcoming Addictive Behaviors | Xpress Reviews

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Heath’s title is particularly helpful for those caught unaware by the death of another; for those in recovery, Unwelcome Inheritance is an inspiring first step

Fiction from Bingham, Cane, McKinnon, and Porter, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Bingham’s historical blends character with details; readers will love Cane’s Valentine Valley; McKinnon’s first adult novel features an intriguing on-again, off-again romance; Porter continues to write with dignity, grace, and authenticity

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