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Debuts from Brady, Miller, plus Courtroom Drama from Smith and New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, March 1, 2015

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Brady presents a fascinating and in-depth historical peek at crime solving in a bygone era; readers will welcome Miller’s quirky narrator, Slim; Smith elegantly blends courtroom suspense and family misfortune without ever slipping into melodrama.

Leaders Neuhaus, the Wesleys, plus Medieval Theology, Practicing Gratitude, Waiting, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, March 1, 2015

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With a focus on embracing change, the known, and even the unknown, this season’s picks are sure to stimulate. From Richard John Neuhaus and Practical Interfaith to Simply Good News and In God’s Hands

Top Indie Fiction: 13 Key Spring Titles Beyond the Best Sellers List

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Abdou’s fresh story about family–work tensions and the cultural divide; Busman’s language is toughly lyric; Doten is utterly surreal; an intense, spot-on investigation of destructive behavior from Gerard; Hossain daringly shows us war

Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

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Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

March Madness and Beyond: Basketball Diaries

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The story behind the first racially integrated college basketball game in the American South; the 12-year feud between the University of Connecticut and University of Tennessee women’s basketball teams; a meditation on human limitations.

After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.

Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014

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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

Hoping for Spring Gardens: Inspiration, Reference, and Guidance | Wyatt’s World

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In spite of the snow blanketing much of the country, gardens are getting ready to bloom. Here are five books to raise the spirits and prepare readers for the abundance to come.

Audiobooks from Carter, Chamberlain, Day, Goodwin, Hilderbrand, Millard, & Steinhauer | Xpress Reviews

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Twisty fiction, a house with secrets, erotic Day, historical romance, a feel-good Christmas novel, Joni Mitchell, a predictable Regency romance, and an espionage novel with ex-lovers, military contractors, and other nefarious types

Nonfiction on Misfortune in History, Archiving, the U.S./Mexico Border, the Bible | Xpress Reviews

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A daily dose of entertainment on misfortune in history that may spark interests to be pursued elsewhere, anyone with responsibility for processing archival collections will value Santamaria’s book, a beginner’s guide to the Bible for Christians

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