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Books on the Brain: LJ Reviews Oliver Sacks

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Doctor, scientist, and writer Oliver Sacks, who died on August 30, is perhaps best known for his 1985 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He was a prolific author, though, over the years penning many explorations of neurological dysfunction and, sometimes, super-function. Below are some reviews of his titles that appeared in LJ over the years.

E-Originals from Leo, March, Kennison, & LeCoeur | Xpress Reviews

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Love is a gamble, as Leo and March both display in a mildly erotic suspense and a Regency LGBT title, respectively; Kennison’s murder mystery see’s sparks flying for our lovers; LeCoeur continues her New Orleans historical series

Education, September 2015 | Best Sellers

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Sharpie Art, Arm Candy, Deck Construction, Handmade Interiors, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 1, 2015

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Sharpie Art holds wide appeal for young, mature, beginner, and seasoned artists alike; Gibson’s quilting book is a winner; a thoroughly unexpected, deeply charming debut from Redmond; decorative accessories for the home

Messy but Pretty DIY, Quilting, Woodworking, Knitting & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, August 2015

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Life drawing that readers can try virtually anywhere; you don’t have to have a crafty bone in your body to enjoy Mr. Kate; English delivers a solid understanding of woodworking; Smith’s clever DIY ideas in more than 300 images

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz | LJ Review

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Stieg Larsson fans can breathe easy. The new Lisbeth Salander thriller by David Lagercrantz is compulsively readable to the electrifying end.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham | LJ Review

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Grisham, John. Rogue Lawyer. Doubleday. Oct. 2015. ISBN. 9780385539432. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539449. F In his latest, Grisham introduces ­Sebastian Rudd, a renegade street lawyer with an unconventional yet right-minded approach toward advocating for the powerless. Rudd’s cases involve social misfits—all wrongfully accused. There’s the drug-addled sexual pervert from a satanic cult, wanted for molesting and […]

Beautiful Books | Classic Returns

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Books of art, design, dressmaking, and beauty rule this edition of LJ’s “Classic Returns” column.

Kelman, Romano-Lax, Warlick, & More | Last of the Literary Fiction in Preview, Feb. 2016, Pt. 5

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Kelman, Stephen. Man on Fire. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781632864390. $26. LITERARY How would you like to have three 40-pound slabs of concrete smashed over your groin or 31 watermelons dropped nearly simultaneously on your stomach from a height of more than 30 feet? That’s what Bibhuti Nayak does as a specialist in […]

Ethan Canin, Kristopher Jansma, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2016, Pt. 5

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Canin, Ethan. A Doubter’s Almanac. Random. Feb. 2016. 576p. ISBN 9781400068265. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812996784. LITERARY FICTION Let’s go back to 1970s Berkeley, where math genius and wildly outré Milo Andret pursues a Ph.D., then move forward to Wall Street and Michigan’s quiet, lonely forests, and see whether New York Times best-selling author Canin (The […]