Poetry Beyond the Basics: Twelve New Collections Offer Fresh Perspective on the Human Experience

Derr-Smith uses an intently packed, beautifully crafted pile-up of images to explore a rural Southern upbringing—highly recommended; gemlike poems from Mohabir will reward many readers and surprise not a few; fervent reading about the urban Hispanic experience—for all readers; Sealey explores issues of race, gender, and sexuality in poems whose fluid, wide-open style belies their grit

First and Ten: Top Football Titles for Summer and Fall

This year’s annual roundup of forthcoming football titles includes historical works, autobiographies, and retrospectives on the current game. Some focus on the quarterback position, others on successful coaching programs, and one on football in pop culture.

Its All in the Craft: 12 Fun and Exciting Craft/DIY Books

Simple line drawings and diagram demonstrations, quilted design principles that emphasize both the embellishments and the fabrics (as well as tips and techniques), and bold bead work that is sure to make a statement; this is the perfect place to expand your creativity

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

National Poetry Series Winners Explore Personal Anguish and Social Issues

Brewer’s thoughtful collection can be approached by all readers; Pimentel is a poet to watch; Sax’s terrific first ­collection is highly recommended for poetry lovers; Schultz’s work is weighty but worth it for serious readers

Before Hollywood: Film & Music History in Florida

From silent films to soul music, Jacksonville to St. Augustine; readers who are interested in the beginning of film-making in Florida, or are well-versed in soul music and want to learn more about its history, will find what they need right here

Always Creating: 10 Craft & DIY Books for all Artists

If you want step-by-step exercises illustrate a range of techniques on a variety of projects, need help mastering simple embroidery, or if you’re looking for do-it-yourself crafts, you can find all you need right here

The Power of Art

Boldly radical architecture, conceptual art, site-specific installations, and conflicts between aesthetics and politics; readers interested in the Russian revolution and the effect that it had on art and culture will find either book fascinating

Love and Peace: Exploring 1960’s Art & Culture

With mesmerizing photographs that capture the history and culture of the 1960’s, readers who enjoy graphic arts, history, and performing arts will truly enjoy these books

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography