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The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

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Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Best Books 2015: Religion & Spirituality

religion/spirituality McGrath, Alister. The Big Question: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Science, Faith, and God. St. Martin’s. ISBN 9781250077929. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781466890244. REL In recent years, there have been numerous books on the relationship between science and religion; many have been written by new atheists, who not only reject religion but do so […]

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

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December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Best Media 2015: Music

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The cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton is easily the album of the year, selected (and rhapsodically described) by both LJ music contributors Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple as an essential library purchase. Their other selections include pop, rock, classical, jazz, and more.     Robin Bradford Halestorm. Into the Wild Life. Atlantic. I just […]

Best Media 2015: Video Games

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It’s been another great year for gaming. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 hit their stride in earnest, the Wii U proved to be the little console that could, and the PC continued to be the premier platform for innovative indie titles. Here’s how to spend this year’s money updating your circulating games collection and […]

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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  This year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss

Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

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By Heather Halliday, Nanette Donohue, Karen Ellis, and Gayle A. Williamson Art Instruction Gregory, Danny. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways To Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are. Chronicle. ISBN 9781452135472. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452140582. Gregory helps readers take back a little time for art-making in their lives by offering ample short […]

Best Books 2015: Cookbooks

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Jaffrey, Madhur. Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking. Knopf. ISBN 9781101874868. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874875. COOKING Jaffrey made multiple trips to India to collect the 200-plus vegetarian recipes presented here. Successfully translated for home cooks, they feature extraordinary variety. Highly recommended for vegetarians and Indian food enthusiasts. (LJ 8/1/15) Miglore, […]

Best Books 2015: Poetry

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Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Four Way. (Stahlecker Selections). ISBN 9781935536659. pap. $15.95. POETRY From juvenile defender in adult prison to award-winning poet to Yale law student, Betts has had an extraordinary life. And this arresting new collection reveals an extraordinary writer. Elegiac in tone, it tracks his life and that of […]