Sykes’s Debut of the Month, with Gates, Thomas, Eurocrime, and New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, January 2015

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Sykes adds an intricate and intriguing debut to the ever-widening pool of medieval-era mysteries; an unusual (and real) setting from Gates; Thomas does not disappoint; Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists.

Rwanda’s Ingoma Nshya, Secrets & Scandal in Higher Ed, Photographers Lange, Weber, plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, January 2015

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A powerful portrait of a committed group of people changing their world; Happy Valley succeeds spectacularly; an informative, even-handed documentary of Lange; a gritty, jazzy look at NYC through Weber’s lens.

Gawande on Mortality, Action-rich Henshaw, Petersen on Hollywood, plus Media News | Audiobook Reviews, January 2015

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Gawande shows that we are shifting from a highly medicalized end of life to an experience in which we can have some sort of meaning, Henshaw’s clever and electrifying follow-up to Red Cell, Petersen’s prose is engaging and illuminating.

Reviewers of the Year 2014

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To our hundreds of tireless reviewers who provide librarians with reviews by their peers that reflect the usefulness—or the opposite—of a given resource, a big thank you! Here, each review editor names her reviewer of the year for 2014.

Lincoln, 150 Years On | Collection Development: Lincoln’s Legacy

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The vast amount of literature on Abraham Lincoln is almost unmatched in the English language. Interest in our 16th president has never abated, and these 34 titles will enlighten some, disillusion others, and stand as a basic resource.

The Loeb Classical Library from Harvard University Press | Reference eReviews, December 2014

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An important print resource is now online. The texts here will be useful to history, literature, and classics students at all levels and are recommended for academic libraries, especially those with large programs studying classic writings.

Guides to Food History, Publishing, Magical Realism, World Religions, with New Short Takes | Reference Reviews, December 2014

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Herman’s friendly and supportive guide to the publishing industry, The Norton Anthology of World Religions allows readers to draw their own conclusions, an essential heralded genealogical resource, Tucci’s clever Investing Answer Book.

Handcrafted Beverages, Healthy Living, plus a History of Humankind & All Things Tomato | Science & Technology Reviews, December 2014

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A homespun modern classic from English and Altman, a compelling prescription for healthy living, Harari’s ideas may be controversial for some readers, read LeHoullier’s advice and a supermarket tomato will never taste good again.

International Salads, Wild Mushrooms, Honey, Oatmeals, Jam & Marmalade | Cooking Reviews, December 2014

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Butcher’s latest is a great gift for salad lovers; soulful Southern foods that will have readers’ stomachs rumbling; notably inventive variations on marshmallows, nougat, and Turkish delight; a welcoming and unintimidating mushroom book.

Jensen/Nutt Explain Teen Brains, Kamenetz Tests Ed Standards, Rascoff Gets Real About Real Estate, Essential Pro Media | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2014

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New science applied to the frustrating dilemma of how to live with teenage kids, Kamenetz’s timely book should be required reading, new ways to look at housing, Kirchhoff’s guide covers everything librarians need to know.

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