Once Upon a Utopia | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

oneida

Four riveting accounts that explore some of the many communities in America that have set out over the years to find a new way of life, away from it all, by setting up their own personal utopias and communes. Some, needless to say, worked out better than others.

Equal Rites | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

love unites us

Two fascinating looks at the fight by members of the LGBTQ community for the freedom to marry in America

Boomer Memoirs | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

old age

Three new memoirs from boomers address in different perspectives the final frontiers of old age, illness and death, and what has happened along the way. Which approach works best, looking back, analyzing the present, or gazing forward?

Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

making the most of digital collections

Two helpful handbooks on digitizing your library’s collection and a useful guide for time-strapped staff seeking an effective strategy to designing and evaluating programs and proving their library’s worth

E-Original Romances from Carter, Cornwall, and Wells | Xpress Reviews

beautyandthehighlandTN

Readers who enjoyed Carter’s Vengeful Love will not be disappointed in this sequel; readers will fall in love with Fia’s courage and Dair’s honor in this historical from Cornwall; Wells is skilled at creating empathetic characters who go through personal growth and triumph in the end

Seductive Teens | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

drowning girls

A perfectly-paced novel that breathes new life into the well-worn tropes of young seduction, romantic obsession, and affluence; a well-written but bleak novel about teenage friendship and the emotional land mines of high school

Homes for Moms | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

house for happy mothers

An interesting novel that explores the history of Melbourne through the eyes of a series of single mothers; a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics; an absorbing modern family saga about a 48-year-old Indian-American woman who becomes a surrogate with her younger lover

Graphic Novels from Barbucci & Canepa and Giménez | Xpress Reviews

skydollTN

Former Disney employees Barbucci and Canepa have created something beautiful and unique in <>Sky-Doll<>; Giménez’s memories of the ease of a society in turning to cruelty against its least members is a cautionary tale for us all

Nonfiction from Nic Dhiarmada on the Irish Rebellion | Xpress Reviews

irishrebellionTN

Nic Dhiarmada’s excellent companion volume [to a PBS documentary] that will also be enjoyed by readers interested in modern Irish history.

Fiction from Bear, Beverly-Whittemore, Buchman, Farrow, Tanner, Wilde, & Winter | Xpress Reviews

gregbearTN

Stories from sf genius Bear; a story for Hollywood fans from Beverly-Whittemore; firefighting helicopter-style from Buchman; “Prentiss has created a remarkable debut”; fascinating political fiction from Tanner; baseball romance from Wilde; “a sort of robotic Wuthering Heights