Best Books 2012: Consumer Health

Science of Yoga

by Barbara Bibel Broad, William J. (text) & Bobby Clennell (illus.). The Science of Yoga: The Myths and the Rewards. S. & S. ISBN 9781451641424. $26; eISBN 9781451641448. Science writer and yoga practitioner Broad looks at the evidence surrounding the practice and explains what’s good, what’s false, and what can be dangerous about yoga. (LJ […]

Best Books 2012: Business

The Lost Bank

by Elizabeth Nelson Grind, Kirsten. The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual: The Biggest Bank Failure in American History. S. & S. ISBN 9781451617924. $27; eISBN 9781451617948. With the U.S. economy still struggling from the Great Recession, this story of the history, players, and failure of Washington Mutual (WaMu) is well timed and smartly […]

Best Books 2012: Poetry

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Greenbaum, Jessica. The Two Yvonnes. Princeton Univ. (Series of Contemporary Poets). ISBN 9780691156620. $29.95; pap. ISBN 9780691156637. $12.95. While Greenbaum finds it “odd that just one key/ let me in my front door/ and into my life every day,” her fluidly, even propulsively written second collection is itself a splendid key to everyday experience. (LJ 10/1/12) […]

Best Books 2012: Spiritual Living

My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus

Abdul, Rauf F. Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America. Free Pr: S. & S. ISBN 9781451656008. $24; eISBN 9781451656022. Moving the Mountain belongs to the class of spirituality titles that are not only growthful for the individual soul but a necessity for the body politic. Abdul, named […]

Best Books 2012: Cookbooks

101 Classic Cookbooks

101 Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes. Rizzoli. Oct. 2012. 688p. ed. by Marvin J. Taylor & Clark Wolf. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780847837939. $40. Essential for cookbook lovers and food historians, this curated collection offers signature recipes from 20th-century classics, from Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, to James Beard’s American Cookery, to Mark Bittman’s […]

Best Books 2012: Biography and History

Let the People In

Karl Helicher Director, Upper Merion Township Lib., King of Prussia, PA Reid, Jan. Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. Univ. of Texas. Oct. 2012. 460p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780292719644. $27. BIOG Reid presents a colorful, warts-and-all portrayal of this unique, one-term progressive Texas governor and feminist who served as a […]

Best Books 2012: Memoir

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Busch, Benjamin. Dust to Dust. Ecco: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062014849. $25.95; eISBN  9780062096784. Busch addresses the sustaining value of art in the face of life and death from the perspective of one who has been to war. (LJ 3/1/12) Cusk, Rachel. Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation. Farrar. ISBN 9780374102135. $23; eISBN 9781466820180. This memoir is full of […]

Best Books 2012: Science & Technology

Design in nature

by Margaret Dominy Bejan, Adrian & J. Peder Zane. Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization. Doubleday. ISBN 9780385534611. $27.95; eISBN 9780385534628. Learn, with the help of mechanical engineer Bejan and journalist Zane, how the mapping of repetitive models in nature—river basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts […]

Best Books 2012: Staff Favorites

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Our editors’ Top Ten appears in the December issue of LJ and will be in your email inbox on December 20th. But it takes a small army to produce LJ and our sister magazine, School Library Journal, and the troops are all opinionated! Here’s what some of the rest of our staff devoured in 2012 […]

Best Books 2012: DIY

Collage workbook

Art Instruction by Heather Halliday Plowman, Randel. The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. Lark Crafts: Lark Books. 2012. c.132p. illus. index. ISBN 9781454701996. pap. $17.95. Chock full of vibrant examples of collage work, this book encourages readers to experiment, explore, and establish a daily creative practice using found materials. This book […]

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