Best Media 2012: Best Audiobooks–Reviewers’ Picks

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As the fading embers of 2012 went cold, book lovers digested LJ’s many best-of lists. While print is the main course, there are scrumptious multimedia goodies to feast on as well—and dessert is the best part of the meal! LJ again polled its audiobook reviewers for the best fiction and nonfiction listens. Fiction Barry, Dave […]

Best Media 2012: Best Audiobooks–Editor’s Picks

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In addition to assigning and editing the audiobook reviews, Media Editor Michael Rogers is himself a prolific audiobook reviewer with eclectic tastes. Along with the reviewer picks above, he offers his personal favorites from the year that was. Fiction Hubbard, L. Ron. Hell’s Legionnaire. Galaxy Audio. ISBN 9781592122622. $9.95. F Galaxy released a handful of […]

Best Media 2012: Best Video

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Old wine in new bottles is a recurring theme in LJ film reviewer/Fast Scans columnist and DVD sommelier Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list, as restored versions of older films—many debuting on Blu-ray—make up an increasingly larger part of the year’s top 20 discs. Classic Film The Gold Rush. 2 discs. b/w. 72/88+ min. Charlie […]

Best Books 2012: More of the Best

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After LJ’s editors chose our Top Ten of the year, we still some had titles we felt strongly about. Here are 16 more can’t-miss books from 2012. Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Crown. ISBN 9780307352149. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307452207. PSYCH This book makes me want to […]

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 […]

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