LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Art lovers, collectors, and scholars will delight in this book; an upbeat view of women’s health, fitness, and psychology; this honest memoir will interest all readers; a thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking; an engrossing blend of food science, regionalism, and ethnic studies; young and old activists alike will be inspired by this hopeful call for change

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Inspiring in tone, Denton’s delicious debut delivers a must-read; an excellent series of Sapphic fantasies; McClellan’s skillful worldbuilding and nuanced characters will undoubtedly tempt readers to go back to his earlier work; with hints of a YA coming-of-age tale, Trophy Son will draw in sports fiction fans; Ludwig’s triumphant achievement is borne from his own experience as the adoptive parent of a teen with autism

E-Original Historical Romance from Boyce and Cornwall | Xpress Reviews

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Boyce crafts a steamy tropical romance far from stuffy English ballrooms—the multicultural romance and generous give and take create a truly enjoyable novel; the beats may be familiar, but the skillful storytelling draws readers in and holds some surprises

Nonfiction: Chiropractic, Marriage Equality, Conservation, Goats, Wedding Food, Kandinsky | Xpress Reviews

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General readers will find Frank’s work to be an accessible and worthwhile read; Johnson’s detailed, readable account; Who knew goats could be so cute and entertaining?; the bike provides a unique vehicle for more intimate travel; Warcraft or similar games are likely to be pleased; interesting tidbits of wedding traditions; a solid addition to libraries that already have detailed biographies of Kandinsky

Audiobooks by Austen, Shinn, Vinet, and Voskamp | Xpress Reviews

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This beloved and enduring novel is a wise choice for all library collections; for religious and self-help collections; if you have solid historical romance fans; a valuable addition to resources that address the psychology of self-harm

Graphic Novels from Gabrielle Bell and Debuter Kaplan & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Bell’s first graphic memoir, while more realized than her earlier comics, still flows from the same source; Kaplan’s first volume of a new doomsday series solidly balances worldbuilding with action.

Fiction from Dahl, Leon, Macallister, Pywell, and Vargas, plus Newcomers | Xpress Reviews

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A surefire winner for any mystery or suspense fan; Leon’s longtime fans will find many of their favorite elements; a crowd-pleaser for lovers of historical fiction; a thread of suspense weaves with elements of the paranormal; in a crowded field of art history whodunits, this first novel stands out

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Best Databases of 2016

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The most highly acclaimed databases and digital reference products reviewed by LJ in 2016.

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The top reference titles published in 2016, selected by a committee of LJ reviewers and editors.