LJ Nonfiction Reviews: October 1, 2016


An outstanding Feud between Nabokov and Wilson; staging Shakespeare in Swahililand and beyond; motivational Game Changers; U.S. immigration in The City of Dreams; Altman’s Treyf offers a warm portrayal of coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s

Encaustic Art, Bead Sparkle, Leathercraft, Kid’s Play, Lingerie Design, Vern Yip | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2016


Aristides guides readers through centuries-old methods of painting realistic images; attractive designs that explore the possibilities of leatherwork; adventurous knitters will be drawn to Jurgrau’s exquisite lace designs; Powell provides a wealth of information for home sewists

Big Picture 2016: Ten Photography Titles To Pore Over


A valuable reference that will delight those interested in photojournalism; an exceptional and unusual example of documentary photography; The Blind Photographer on the nature of photography and of vision itself


Embracing Differences | Designing the Future


Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize– and Carnegie Medal–winning author of The Sympathizer, on the future of diverse literature—taking the “norm” out of our literary value system.

Mandala Art, Hubble Stitch, Harry Potter Crafts, Sundressing, Rustic Homes, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 1, 2016


Mandala for the Inspired Artist(s); a unique blend of self-care and expression; guidance and encouragement for experienced weavers; Sulcoski shatters myths; the country decorating style continues to appeal

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 15, 2016


New collections from le Carré, Le Guin, Oates, and Oliver; ten photography titles to pore over; Mindful Moments of simplicity and self-care; Johnson engages the truth-telling power of the arts; Baird has the last word on Capone; Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 1, 2016


The Birth of a Dream, an autobiographical masterpiece; Citizen Steinbeck; Curtis Mayfield; poets Armantrout and Pinsky; plus Hahn’s view of U.S. imperial ambitions, histories of Vietnam and the Caliphate; Table Manners; and books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Manga Origami, Mason Jar Nation, Vintage Modern Crochet | Crafts & DIY Reviews, August 1, 2016

manga origami

11 crafts/DIY titles ranging from how to sell your art online to free-motion quilting, from making your own manga origami to modern baby knits

Art in India | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 1, 2016

spirit of indian painting

Two wonderful books covering the criminally underrated beauty of Indian art. Puja and Piety is a beautiful and rewarding introduction to the religious aspects of some Indian art while The Spirit of Indian Painting will provide 101 nights of captivating reading

We Like To Watch (TV) | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 1, 2016


Binge-watching TV has become a national—and worldwide—pastime; here are two explorations of the impact television has had on the collective consciousness of humanity