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Optical Illusions, Cardmaking, Floral Arrangements, & More | Craft & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2016

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A user-friendly Photographer’s iPad; mixed-media artists will appreciate Cardmaking‘s image-based tutorials; Chezar’s loose, natural arrangements are fabulous; Hammersen’s knits are exquisite

Pop Painting, 3D Origami, Beadweaving, HomeMade Modern, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, January 1, 2015

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Pop Painting for younger artists; an appealing and achievable HomeMade Modern; quilters of all skill levels have much to gain from the Quilter’s Academy; Guéniau provides ideas and a personal approach to decorating and entertaining

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: January 1, 2016

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From George Condo to Sonia Delaunay, the arts are recommended. Biogs from Reed, Reed, and Roberts, plus Creating Leaders in the library, fitness titles for 2016, and America’s Favorite Holidays

Nonfiction on the Grateful Dead, Perfectionism, the U.S. Economy, Gay Marriage, Earhart, Sanders | Xpress Reviews

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It’s not clear why the Grateful Dead matters, relevant cataloging practices, a Game of Thrones for casual readers, new interpretations of the Earhart enigma, Stiglitz reshapes our view of economics, charming New England B&Bs, a study of Sanders’s political views that deserves close scrutiny

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Mindful home design, Big Apple architecture, sustainable gardening, trends in typewriting, retirement planning, The Parker Sisters, one family’s Hundred Year Walk, embedded librarianship, sex trafficking, and best travel

Color Concepts, Origami Jewelry, Handmade Soap, Shetland Lace Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 1, 2015

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Expanding readers’ understanding of color; a sense of how painting is taught at the Art Students League of New York; a guide to one of the world’s great lace-knitting traditions; have fun and experiment with Simply Stitched Gifts

An Iconic Town: Looking at Big Apple Books | LJ Reviews

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A superb example of mid-century modern architecture; striking design details of 47 interiors built from 1811 to 1967; the High Line will enthrall design fanatics; fans of fine photography will find much to absorb in Store Front II

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2015

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Performers Dylan, Strayhorn, and Downton‘s Smith, Indie fall poetry, The Black Calhouns, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, professional media, Beyond Bullying, and The City at Three P.M.

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015

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Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts

Top Fall Indie Poetry: Fourteen Great Poets To Discover or Rediscover

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Not pretty-picture poems but tough and true; risk takers will have great fun traveling with Noel through urban landscapes; Teare’s poems are demanding and brave; Wieners’s work is important for serious poetry readers