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Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

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As the the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

LibraryReads Inaugural “Favorite of Favorites” List

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Every month, LibraryReads announces the top ten books that librarians across the country are reading and loving. This month’s list is a little different: from the list of favorites going back to 2013, librarians picked the cream of the crop. Topping the list is Gabrielle Zevin’s bookstore-themed romance, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which […]

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Art as a Career, Vintage & Winter Knits, Modern Mountain Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A useful resource for emerging artists and creative people of all ages; a fun survey of 20th-century fashion; beyond-the-basics designs for jewelry makers; building experts on hemp concrete, or hempcrete; newly constructed homes in mountain settings.

David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

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A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

Recipes from Ghayour, Prune, Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, SAVEUR, & More | Cooking Reviews, November 15, 2014

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The Make-Ahead Cook is indispensable for busy families, a stunning collection of approachable Middle Eastern recipes, a great gift for anyone who loves New York, a timely cookie collection, a romantic take on the art of the handmade pie.

Eyes on the Solar System: New Astronomy Titles

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Four titles sure to appeal to astronomy buffs, amateur stargazers, and lovers of solar physics; from How To Read the Solar System to Pearls of the Southern Skies.

Cornwell, Hayes, Vargas Llosa, plus Gone Girl Read-Alikes | Fiction Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Cornwell’s 22nd Kay Scarpetta thriller, Hayes will stump even the most experienced thriller fan, one of the most appealing and realistic Vargas Llosa novels, Scherm’s debut will keep readers hooked until the very end.

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