Go, Oscar, Go: Best Documentary Feature Nominees 2016 | LJ Reviews

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LJ tracked down the nominees for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature to get a jump on the February 28 television broadcast (see LJ 2/15/16). Below are reviews of four of the five nominated films. What Happened, Miss Simone? was unavailable for review.

Drawing Strife: Global Conflicts in Graphic Novels | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2016

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The striking images in graphic novels are an excellent means of depicting the physical and emotional trauma created by conflicts around the world.

Baker’s Debut of the Month, Bishop, Bonesteel, Kadrey, & others | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2016

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Baker’s debut takes gritty urban fantasy in a new direction, vivid worldbuilding and myth creation from Bishop, fans of sf romance will cheer to have Bonesteel entering the genre, new novellas from McGuire, Parker, and Hunter

Collecting Stories: Faith Hunter’s Monster Anthology Features Jane Yellowrock

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Urban fantasy author Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised across the South. Her popular series include the “Skinwalker” books featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the postapocalyptic “Rogue Mage” novels, helmed by stone mage Thorn St. Croix.

Presidential Picks: Elect To Read These 9 Titles

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An intimate portrait of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington as businessman, an important and timely work on the Great Society program, Lunde’s book is accessible to the lay reader and authenticated for the historian

Mapping the Stars: New Astronomy Titles

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A useful resource for persons interested in exploring and gaining knowledge about the night sky, a fun and fascinating examination of the cosmos, an enjoyable read that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the astonishing

Taylor Brown | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2016

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In his just published debut novel, Fallen Land, Brown draws from the vivid landscape of the past to capture the harsh realities of the post–Civil War South.

Optical Illusions, Cardmaking, Floral Arrangements, & More | Craft & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2016

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A user-friendly Photographer’s iPad; mixed-media artists will appreciate Cardmaking‘s image-based tutorials; Chezar’s loose, natural arrangements are fabulous; Hammersen’s knits are exquisite

Biographies | Best Sellers, December 2015

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Flying high with The Wright Brothers, being Furiously Happy with Lawson, learning about A Common Struggle from Kennedy

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, November 2015

Girls have it: …in the Spider’s Web, …on the Train, Luckiest…Alive; mental illness with the Kennedys and Lawson