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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 […]

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


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


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 […]

Best Books 2015: Core Nonfiction

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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 Bernanke, chair of the Federal Reserve from 2006 […]

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.