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Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, August 1, 2016

where are all the librarians of color

Three titles that make for essential reading for beginning and veteran library professionals

Fowl Treatment | Science & Technology Reviews, August 1, 2016

tastes like chicken

Two titles detailing how the chicken has become one of the staples of the American diet, succeeding beef as the protein of choice for millions across the nation, and the pros and cons of the animal production industry.

A Running Start | The Reader’s Shelf, August 1, 2016

illegal

Running competitions are the most elemental of Olympic events, with a pedigree dating back to the Classical Games and ­Pheidippides’s legendary trek from Marathon to Athens. Readers seeking to immerse themselves in the lore and feel of the sport have a wealth of titles to choose from that will sweep them up into Rudyard Kipling’s “unforgiving minute” filled “with sixty seconds of distance run.”

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

blind astronomer's daughter

Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.

France Now & Then | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

letters from paris

A great tale of mystery, artistry, history, and a little romance from Juliet Blackwell with plenty of backstory and tidbits about Parisian life in the 19th century and a skillful debut from Laura Madeleine about a woman in a race against time to discover her grandfather’s past, set against the backdrop of France

Vacation Fiction | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

santorini sunsets

A delightful story that will be appreciated by most women, especially those of a certain age who don’t want to do anything, let alone grow old, gracefully and a secret-laden novel with a final twist that ties things up in a neat bow are two perfect summer beach reads

Manga Origami, Mason Jar Nation, Vintage Modern Crochet | Crafts & DIY Reviews, August 1, 2016

manga origami

11 crafts/DIY titles ranging from how to sell your art online to free-motion quilting, from making your own manga origami to modern baby knits

Big, Bad Breakfast, Dorie’s Cookies, Purely Pumpkin | Cooking Reviews, August 1, 2016

dories cookies

An essential cookbook for those who love hosting hearty breakfasts and brunches; a timely pumpkin cookbook to get recipe ideas for fall holidays and gatherings; hundreds of cookie recipes from baking expert Dorie Greenspan, and plenty more cookbook reviews to satisfy every craving

Art in India | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 1, 2016

spirit of indian painting

Two wonderful books covering the criminally underrated beauty of Indian art. Puja and Piety is a beautiful and rewarding introduction to the religious aspects of some Indian art while The Spirit of Indian Painting will provide 101 nights of captivating reading

We Like To Watch (TV) | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 1, 2016

television

Binge-watching TV has become a national—and worldwide—pastime; here are two explorations of the impact television has had on the collective consciousness of humanity