Topping the Charts | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2016

If one were to buy only one book of Best American Essays, this might be it; this exceptional collection shines for the quality of the selections and the insight of the students of the nonprofit 826 National

Oh, the Horror! | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2016

Skal’s exploration of Stoker’s most famous work is for serious students of horror literature and ­Victorian ­culture; thoroughly documented, Powers of Darkness is recommended for Dracula scholars

Concept Artists, Children’s Crafts, Woodturning, Farmhouse Charm | Crafts & DIY Reviews, December 2016

A straightforward and inspirational guide to rustic DIY; a vital and detailed workbook for advanced woodworkers; colorful projects that will provide hours of innovative entertainment for children and their caregivers

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: December 2016

If you purchase one art book that will inspire, educate, and epitomize nature, this is the one to get; Coretta Scott King’s My Life, My Love, My Legacy shines a light on King’s devotion and determination; Kolan’s hopeful, struggle-against-the-odds story will find a library audience

Manga, Fashion, Origami, Woodturning, Prefab Houses | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2016

Fashion buffs and aspiring designers of any skill level will enjoy this fun guide; simple and doable designs for readers with any level of woodturning experience; accessories in this collection will get knitters excited about the lowering temperatures

Resilient Rulers: From Victoria to Cixi to Catherine the Great | RA Crossroads

Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, Queen Victoria leads me down a winding path.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

The eminently accessible Comfort & Glory will make a wonderful addition to public libraries of all sizes; a worthy memorial to novelist Conroy; in-depth, empowering memoirs from Bosworth, Viloria; authentic, accessible, and inspiring, Olympian Vonn’s Strong Is the New Beautiful

Folklore & Fairy Tales | Art & Humanities Reviews, November 1, 2016

A valuable anthology of French Decadent fairy tales; an insightful cultural history of the mythical, self-immolating Pheonix; a welcome addition to Jewish and European history; scholarly, complete, and engaging, Ireland’s Immortals

Women Composers, Part 2 | Music Matters

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

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