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Exciting Poetry for Spring: 13 Highly Recommended Titles That Will Shock You Awake

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Brown accomplishes her task admirably, and her work will appeal not just to ­poetry readers; we can be deeply optimistic about Lambda Literary fellow Pico’s latest; Sanabria is startling and successful; McCrae’s work is unsettling and approachable for a wide audience.

Five Poets To Watch: Fresh, Keen Work from Upcoming Writers

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Crisp, beautiful writing of great import; an Iowa Poetry Prize winner that will please a wide range of readers; Jesiolowski has a fine grasp of craft and emotion; Kampa’s urge to feel, to will herself into others’ being, is a gift that will carry her far

Secular Buddhism, the Christian Right, Prison Ministries, Faith Memoirs | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

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A challenging and conversant exploration of Buddhism; an illuminating and erudite history of the cross over time; Stellman’s honest account will find resonance among fans of popular faith narratives; while it cannot stand on its own, this work can serve as a pocket companion to Day or a source of quiet meditation

Spring Cookbooks | Wyatt’s World

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With holiday feast days, the opening of farmers markets, and longed-for seasonal favorites finally showing up in stores, spring is an excellent time to reevaluate cookbook collections.

Nonfiction: Gold Rush Artist Bruff, Mountain Man Colter, Vegetable Gardening, the War of 1812 | Xpress Reviews

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This book may intrigue the armchair historian with an interest in the Gold Rush; an overview of the life of John Colter (1774–1813); an essential tool for any garden library; for general readers interested in an overview of the War of 1812

Changing Your Life Expectancy

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If you want to improve your health and live a longer, happier life, these two books will give readers great, no-nonsense advice on how to improve your longevity through some basic health-conscious principles

Let’s Get Creative! 11 Crafts/DIY Projects

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A wonderful collection of crafts that will excite the whole family; in-depth and comprehensive looks at all forms of DIY/Crafts, from creating an energy-efficient home to creative stitchwork

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 1, 2017

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Climbers will inhale Caldwell’s book and want more; poet Kampa’s urge to feel, to will herself into others’ being, is a gift that will carry her far; comedian Boyle’s book is hard to put down and full of solid advice; clear, real-world discussions of issues facing transgender people; perfect for browsing, this work will awaken a desire for questing and adventure

Must-Have Books on Syria: Check Your Collection | Wyatt’s World

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The fractured country of Syria is once again front-page news, making this a moment to attend to the collection. Here are five essential titles to help readers understand past and current events in the war-torn region.

Nonfiction: Chaplin’s Diary, an Afghan Odyssey, the Roeblings and Their Bridge | Xpress Reviews

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The title might work better as a film and screenplay, which could have been Chaplin’s original intention; hand to readers especially looking for an intimate glimpse at Afghanistan’s history and culture; a riveting biography of an early modern engineer whose work still stands