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Kierkegaard on Diversity, Environmentalism & Faith, American Exceptionalism, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, May 1, 2016

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IN HER PREFACE to The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr writes that there’s artifice to the relationship between memoirist and reader; each, in his or her own way, struggles with the concept of story.

“Adult Stuff,” Mindful Living, Creative Ideas, Depression & Hope | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A MULTITUDE OF TROUBLESOME, or what might be called “growing” points are central to this month’s titles. Starting with the improve-your-life-in-general books, there are offerings with solutions for inefficiency, improving time management, and developing an appreciation for everyday life.

Ballpark Dreams: Biographies and Histories That Will Be of Interest All Yearlong

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Bjarkman’s book is revelation; Kenny delivers an entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan; Kurkjian’s thoughtful approach shows why the game fascinates legions of fans; anyone interested in baseball’s legacy will enjoy Lindbergh and Miller’s account.

Reflections of War: Behind the Scenes of Notable Battles

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Spanning three centuries of history, these titles recount the aftermath of battle, in particular the Revolutionary War (1775–83), Civil War (1861–65), and World War II (1939–45). There are also two contrasting appraisals of leader Douglas ­MacArthur, along with a biography of Civil War general William Tecumseh ­Sherman.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

Family Mysteries: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me

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“Families are machines of glorious ­dysfunction,” says crime novelist Megan Abbott of the driving force behind her latest novel, You Will Know Me, “and that’s okay and inevitable.”

Fantasy Reading | Wyatt’s World

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More tales from the world of the Abercrombie’s “First Law” books, a new collection of lyrical fantasy tales from Aiken, the latest entry in Brooke’s stand-alone series, Cronin’s much-anticipated trilogy conclusion, a beloved Beast

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Nonfiction: Canada’s Native Peoples, Futurism, Louis XVI, “Star Wars,” Little Gibraltar | Xpress Reviews

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An eye-opening series on Canada’s Native peoples; futurism; a solid birth-to-death biography of Louis XVI; for fans of “Star Wars,” George Lucas, and sf movies; bitcoin potential; Little Gibraltar and the stories of individual participants

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub | LJ Review

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An engaging story of shifting relationships, Straub’s third novel (The Vacationers; Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures) focuses on Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe, who have been friends since their college days