LJ Reference Reviews: November 15, 2015


Terrorist organizations, the world of ballet, Gems & Crystals, plus a remarkable, multilayered digitized record of Colonial America

LJ Media Reviews: November 15, 2015


Audio fiction from Abercrombie, Groff, Hobbs, Murakami, memoir from Hynde, Jang, self-help from Gilbert. For film fans, The Odd Way Home, American Experience: Walt Disney, new Fast Scans

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2015


Performers Dylan, Strayhorn, and Downton‘s Smith, Indie fall poetry, The Black Calhouns, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, professional media, Beyond Bullying, and The City at Three P.M.

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 15, 2015


Starred debuts from Adelman and Boroson, graphic novels from Stevenson, Abel, Lee, Morel/Mäel, plus short takes for Black History Month, sf/fantasy fare from Elliott, Polansky, and Underwood

Survival Skills, Music Conservation, Parrots of the Wild, & More | Reference Short Takes, November 1, 2015


Emerson offers a solid (if scary) addition to the survival guide collections, an uplifting compendium for larger New Age collections, important knowledge from an expert on early musical instruments, a rich study of “the most human of birds”

Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews


Documentary about romance writers and readers premiers this week in New York at the DOC NYC festival; catch it on November 19 at the IFC Theater

Ancient Rome | LJ Reviews


SPQR is a must-read for fans of classical studies and strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in history. Fans of Roman history will certainly want to read Dynasty; it’s tone will also appeal to lovers of historical fiction

Rodeo Dreams | LJ Reviews


A surprising glimpse into the world of modern-day cowboys, a fascinating documentary that manages to touch and inspire as it also creates inevitable suspense

The Future of Crime: SF Thrillers | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2015


At the intersection of “What If?” and “Whodunit?” are sf mysteries and thrillers. The following titles combine suspense and speculative fiction in surprising and innovative ways.

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015


Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts