Reviewers of the Year 2014

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To our hundreds of tireless reviewers who provide librarians with reviews by their peers that reflect the usefulness—or the opposite—of a given resource, a big thank you! Here, each review editor names her reviewer of the year for 2014.

Get Started Painting, Gift Wrapping, Crocheting, Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 2014

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Longtime city dwellers and urban newcomers alike can use Hennessy’s guide; crocheters who appreciate a kitschy, midcentury aesthetic will enjoy Crawford’s simple, colorful projects; Roberts succeeds in his desire to explain his approach to design.

Baraka’s Verse, Levy’s Take on Huck Finn, van Gogh’s Letters, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2014

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Baraka’s work will attract those who prefer their verse weaponized; Levy offers an important new opinion of Huck Finn, Twain, and the topic of race; an affordable, well-presented, and scholarly publication of van Gogh’s missives.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Art as a Career, Vintage & Winter Knits, Modern Mountain Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A useful resource for emerging artists and creative people of all ages; a fun survey of 20th-century fashion; beyond-the-basics designs for jewelry makers; building experts on hemp concrete, or hempcrete; newly constructed homes in mountain settings.

Poetry Beyond the Basics: 22 Exciting Titles for Poetry Lovers Everywhere

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Gibson’s tone is ruminative and conversational; Hogue explores boundaries in a slippery, hard-to-grasp world; Hopper’s trim poems look elegant and precise on the page; Johnson helps us stumble upon truth; Vallejo remains one of the greats.

Drawing Basics, Manga, Modern Crochet, Embroidery, Quilting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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An innovative artistic medium that combines sewing and drawing; realistic sketching basics; a quirky, humorous website-in-print book; a contemporary look at Old World–style European interior design and landscaping.

Experience Schubert’s Winter Journey, the History of the Book, Poet Muldoon, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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British tenor Bostridge’s take on Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, a history of the book in 100 books, poems that inspire readers to think, a charming history on the color green, an extravagant compilation of fashion history

Sculptor Calder, Voices of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Christie’s Poirot, the Latest Fast Scans | Video Reviews

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An introduction to one of America’s most important modern artists, whose influential body of work is so often reduced to only his mobiles; a vision of the “very complex historical narrative” that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Furniture Bible, Wedding Dress, Design from Japan, the Hamptons | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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This fantastic go-to source for furniture care belongs in any public library, brides will find both inspiration and tips in Drinan’s guide, Graham explains the components that define Japanese art and design.