Rwanda’s Ingoma Nshya, Secrets & Scandal in Higher Ed, Photographers Lange, Weber, plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, January 2015

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A powerful portrait of a committed group of people changing their world; Happy Valley succeeds spectacularly; an informative, even-handed documentary of Lange; a gritty, jazzy look at NYC through Weber’s lens.

Gawande on Mortality, Action-rich Henshaw, Petersen on Hollywood, plus Media News | Audiobook Reviews, January 2015

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Gawande shows that we are shifting from a highly medicalized end of life to an experience in which we can have some sort of meaning, Henshaw’s clever and electrifying follow-up to Red Cell, Petersen’s prose is engaging and illuminating.

Fiction RA Picks 2014: A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

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These five titles are likely to satisfy readers endlessly and can serve as long-term RA standards.

Q&A: Margaret C. Sullivan, the Author of Jane Austen Cover to Cover on Austen’s work and legacy

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“I’ve never felt Austen’s work was chained to its time period in essence. In details it certainly is, but while the setting of her novels was in the Georgian/Regency period, at its core she was writing about people and their behavior.”

Reviewers of the Year 2014

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To our hundreds of tireless reviewers who provide librarians with reviews by their peers that reflect the usefulness—or the opposite—of a given resource, a big thank you! Here, each review editor names her reviewer of the year for 2014.

Christie’s Poirot Defines an Era, Portraits of Hope and Health Care, plus New Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, December 2014

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Poirot: Series 13 marks the end of an era; a look at the lack of research studies and results for recently developed vaccines; a powerful documentary demonstrates how hope can come from tragedy.

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Are Dreaming Spies | RA Crossroads

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Astute, precise, and elegant writing, great attention to time and place, and beautifully realized characters comprise King’s mystery series that is at once intelligent, reflective, and action filled (if not fast paced).

The Favorite of Favorites | LibraryReads, December 2014

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The top ten books that librarians across the country love—the best of the year.

Fiction from Bell, Benson, Frampton, & Grahame-Smith | Xpress Reviews

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Get a “dirty rush” from Bell, urban fantasy from Benson, an anything-but-predictable romance from Frampton, and a colorful and historically detailed mashup from Grahame-Smith

A True Story from Boyle, Hyde Is Exquisite, Vann Continues To Allure, plus Lots More | Fiction Reviews, December 2014

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Boyle explores the anger, paranoia, and violence lurking in the shadowlands of the American psyche, Hyde’s new novel is a “stay up all night, can’t put it down” read, Vann’s lovely, wrenching novel should add to his award list.

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