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LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 1, 2015


Mindful home design, Big Apple architecture, sustainable gardening, trends in typewriting, retirement planning, The Parker Sisters, one family’s Hundred Year Walk, embedded librarianship, sex trafficking, and best travel

Getting Ready for the Force Awakens | Wyatt’s World


For many Star Wars fans, Christmas comes a week early when The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18. Feed their desire to experience the film and the full movie franchise with a range of works.

LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015


Standout debuts from Johnson (Julia Claiborne), Johnson (Julie Christine), Lord, Messinger, new mystery series from Hartwell, Khan, starred sf/fantasy from Anders, Bennett, and Tregillis

What To Read After Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | RA Crossroads


Marking its sesquicentennial in 2015 with global celebratory events taking place through late fall, Carroll’s poetic mix of nonsense, whimsy, and charming threat remains evergreen.

In Defense of Danger | Romance Reviews, December 1, 2015


Beyond the classic romantic suspense tales, many love stories have an intrinsic element of peril. See how our couples find their way out of tight situations in these eminently appealing works.

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015


Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts

Dinner Pies, Easy Vegan, Southern Soups, & More | Cooking Reviews, December 1, 2015


Forty-plus desserts featuring gourmet sea salts, essential Dinner Pies for novice and proficient pie bakers, McDermott’s Southern soup recipes deserve attention, a contemporary Jewish cookbook to tempt many home cooks

Musician Memoirs | LJ Reviews


A nonlinear exploration of Costello’s life and career; a candid, long-winded, and wickedly witty punk rock legend Lydon; an unexpected side of Smith

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks | LJ Review


Sacks, Oliver. Gratitude. Knopf. Nov. 2015. 64p. ISBN 9780451492937. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780451492968. MED Sacks’s (Awakenings; The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) powerful look back at his remarkable life was published posthumously. The book chronicles the famous author’s thoughts, wishes, regrets, and, above all, feelings of love, happiness, and gratitude even as […]

An Iconic Town: Looking at Big Apple Books | LJ Reviews


A superb example of mid-century modern architecture; striking design details of 47 interiors built from 1811 to 1967; the High Line will enthrall design fanatics; fans of fine photography will find much to absorb in Store Front II