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Chinese Brush Painting, Ideas for Printmaking, DIY Furniture Styles, Outdoor Kitchens, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Traditional styles of Chinese brush flower painting; a variety of techniques for working with paper; an excellent introduction to outdoor kitchens; recycling, refinishing, and repurposing furniture; a diverse collection of projects knit in lace-weight yarns

Life During Wartime | Classic Returns

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A pre–Memorial Day “Classic Returns” looks at war stories and tales of survival during wartime.

History of Palimpsest, Researching Modern Families, Designing Creative Schools, plus Pro Media & More | Social Sciences Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Battles takes on the ambitious task of analyzing the history of the written word; ­Golombok gives readers solid evidence and data covering every kind of “new” family; Robinson outlines his vision of schooling; Otis investigates the history of New York Fire Department

Taylor Wilson Bio, Medical Treatment Options, Privacy Policies, & More | Science & Technology Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Wilson is regarded as an up-and-coming Steve Jobs or Bill Gates for the energy industry; Kaufman demonstrates the effects of Medicare policy on treatment benefits; experts wrestle with the changing concept of privacy

Socialist Politics in Art (1880–1940), Butler’s Impressions of Cuba, Roper Explores Nabokov in America | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2015

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An important addition to library collections focusing on art history, socialism, and 20th-century American radicalism; Butler’s Domino Diaries should have broad appeal; Roper has done an inspired job exploring Nabokov in America

Comedy Classics: It Happened One Night and Tootsie, with Jeeves and Wooster, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newly restored ­reissues cement One Night and Tootsie in the comedy pantheon; Jeeves and Wooster, practically perfect in every way; Vera will hold readers’ attention right up to the last scene.

Maeve Binchy’s Times, Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide, True Crime from Journalist Leovy | Audiobook Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newspaper columns from throughout Binchy’s tenure at The Irish Times; when it comes to books on SEALs, Courtley is the real deal; Leovy’s debut Ghettoside paints a compelling picture of life in south Los Angeles

Kurson’s Pirate Hunters Lead the Quest for Buried Treasure | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, pirate treasure leads me down a winding path.

Daily Wisdom from Bancroft and End-of-Life Guides from Schaper, Van Bronkhorst | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Bancroft presents daily readings to help women achieve clarity, strength, and faith in themselves; Schaper’s comprehensive book on preparing for death; grief counselor Van Bronkhorst uses dreams to help give new insights.

America at War: Behind the Scenes of Prominent Battles

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Blehm’s stirring Legend; first-time author Davenport’s spectacularly well-written work on the Battle of Cantigny; Johnson bridges the gap among military historians in a classic page-turner that is fun to read.

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