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Best Books 2015: Crafts & DIY

art before breakfast

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. Crafts Schepper, Anna & Lene Schepper. The Art of Paper Weaving: 46 Colorful, Dimensional Projects. Quarry: Quarto. […]

Best Books 2015: Cookbooks


Jaffrey, Madhur. Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking. Knopf. ISBN 9781101874868. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781101874875. COOKING Miglore, Kristen. Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change The Way You Cook. Ten Speed: Crown. ISBN 9781607747970. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781607747987. COOKING López-Alt, Kenji. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. […]

Best Books 2015: Poetry


Betts, Reginald Dwayne. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Four Way. (Stahlecker Selections). ISBN 9781935536659. pap. $15.95. POETRY Brown, Nickole. Fanny Says. BOA Editions. ISBN 9781938160578. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781938160585. POETRY Burnside, John. Black Cat Bone. Graywolf. ISBN 9781555977146. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781555979041. POETRY Herrera, Juan Felipe. Notes on the Assemblage. City Lights. ISBN […]

Best Books 2015: Core Nonfiction

courage to act_resized

By Elizabeth Nelson (business), Liz French (consumer health), Derek Sanderson & Erin Shea (memoir), Stephanie Sendaula (religion & spirituality), and Henrietta Verma (sci-tech). business Bernanke, Ben S. The Courage To Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath. Norton. ISBN 9780393247213. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780393247220. ECON Bock, Laszlo. Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google […]

Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction


The best nonfiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

An untamed state

The best books of the year, as chosen by LJ’s review editors, in the case of the top ten and the best of the rest, and by our reviewers and columnists, in the case of genre fiction and nonfiction. A fully annotated version of these lists will appear in upcoming LJReviews enewsletters and in the December issue of LJ.

Best Books 2013: Crafts & DIY


The best crafts & DIY from 2013.

Best Books 2013: Cookbooks


The best cookbooks of 2013.

Best Books 2013: Self-Help


The best self-help of 2013.

Best Books 2013: Poetry


By Barbara Hoffert & Annalisa Pesek Brock-Broido, Lucie. Stay, Illusion: Poems. Knopf. ISBN 9780307962027. $26. Emotionally charged, baroquely sensuous, serenely gorgeous: Brock-Broido’s extraordinary language asks us to enter a world both strange and strangely familiar. The gorgeousness is edged by darkness, yet even as she reminds us of our frailty in a wayward world (“Your […]