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Collecting Art | Wyatt’s World

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Art volumes are complicated purchases. However, these tomes illustrate perfectly what a library offers its community—a place where books that may be out of reach for many are easily available. Here are five titles to consider.

Nonfiction on Middle Eastern Poetry, Ted Roosevelt Jr., Königsberg, the Great War, Library Budgets, Artists’ Letters | Xpress Reviews

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A spicy and special treat for Middle Eastern collections; Brady’s work augments our appreciation of interactions within the Roosevelt clan; a unique but true story of leadership, loyalty, hardship, and war; readers curious about art will find this irresistible

Topping the Charts | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2016

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If one were to buy only one book of Best American Essays, this might be it; this exceptional collection shines for the quality of the selections and the insight of the students of the nonprofit 826 National

Oh, the Horror! | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2016

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Skal’s exploration of Stoker’s most famous work is for serious students of horror literature and ­Victorian ­culture; thoroughly documented, Powers of Darkness is recommended for Dracula scholars

Concept Artists, Children’s Crafts, Woodturning, Farmhouse Charm | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 2016

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A straightforward and inspirational guide to rustic DIY; a vital and detailed workbook for advanced woodworkers; colorful projects that will provide hours of innovative entertainment for children and their caregivers

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 2016

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If you purchase one art book that will inspire, educate, and epitomize nature, this is the one to get; Coretta Scott King’s My Life, My Love, My Legacy shines a light on King’s devotion and determination; Kolan’s hopeful, struggle-against-the-odds story will find a library audience

Manga, Fashion, Origami, Woodturning, Prefab Houses | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2016

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Fashion buffs and aspiring designers of any skill level will enjoy this fun guide; simple and doable designs for readers with any level of woodturning experience; accessories in this collection will get knitters excited about the lowering temperatures

Resilient Rulers: From Victoria to Cixi to Catherine the Great | 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, Queen Victoria leads me down a winding path.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

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The eminently accessible Comfort & Glory will make a wonderful addition to public libraries of all sizes; a worthy memorial to novelist Conroy; in-depth, empowering memoirs from Bosworth, Viloria; authentic, accessible, and inspiring, Olympian Vonn’s Strong Is the New Beautiful

Folklore & Fairy Tales | Art & Humanities Reviews, November 1, 2016

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A valuable anthology of French Decadent fairy tales; an insightful cultural history of the mythical, self-immolating Pheonix; a welcome addition to Jewish and European history; scholarly, complete, and engaging, Ireland’s Immortals