Women Composers, Part 2 | Music Matters

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In my previous column, we began a three-part series exploring female composers, beginning with the Medieval through early Romantic period. Here, we’ll look at artists of the 20th ­century.

Crayon Art, LEGO Christmas, Crochet To Calm, Home Decor | Crafts & DIY Reviews, October 15, 2016

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Novelty-seeking adult readers of every artistic skill level will appreciate The Art of Crayon; LEGO building provides numerous options for creative fun; Schlosser’s expertise successfully combines with the uncommon focus on professional-quality home decor projects

The King’s Legacy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 15, 2016

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While sure to be an Elvis fan favorite, this quick read will also appeal to pop culture enthusiasts and designers; Harrison’s book is for die-hard Elvis fans as well as readers curious for insight into the continuing significance of the performer

Top Fall Poetry: Great Reading Beyond the Basics from Veterans and Newcomers Alike

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Delivered without showiness, Bennett’s imagery is arresting; Hollo is fun for all; in breathtaking language, Ritvo chronicles what it’s like to be living; intellectually astute and lit-up, sharply observed verse; Shapiro finally has his moment of triumph and honor

Reading Bob Dylan

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Here are a few recommended reads about the Nobel-winning troubadour, rock and roll’s poetry man.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 1, 2016

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As always, the annual Pushcart Prize XLI is highly recommended; Kelly creates a world that is deeply felt; a revealing look at professional wrestler Rowdy; a solid offering for the tech-education collection; Anishinaabe activist Bellecourt’s riveting autobiography; an important study that teaches to decipher science and medical news

Legendary Ladies | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Wagner’s wonderfully readable book of wise love letters to the great actresses is like enjoying an intimate chat with an old friend and highly recommended; Star is strictly a browsing item

Ho, Ho, Holiday Crafts | Crafts & DIY Reviews, October 15, 2016

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A little bit of everything when it comes to Christmas crafting, including a lively ­holiday entertaining book that will capture readers’ attention and festive decorations with handmade flair.

Dynamic Duo | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Conversations with Paul McCartney and Lennon on Lennon are essential new additions to the voluminous Beatles literature

Staging Shakespeare | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Playgoers needing a reference guide before and/or after going to the theater will be delighted; actors and directors working on the plays will enjoy Wells’s insights; this ­readable account shows that Shakespeare is universal