Adult Programming, Online Searching, Archives, & Best Books | LJ Reviews


For librarians at public libraries, Year of Programs will appeal; library and information science faculty will find Online Searching useful; inventive ways to use archives; must-read books suitable for a wide audience

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy & Stephen Fried | LJ Review

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Kennedy, Patrick J. & Stephen Fried. A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. Blue Rider. 2015. 432p. photos. index. ISBN 9780399173325. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698185111. POL SCI Kennedy (D-RI) served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years (1994–2010) and reveals that during much of […]

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2015


Performers Dylan, Strayhorn, and Downton‘s Smith, Indie fall poetry, The Black Calhouns, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, professional media, Beyond Bullying, and The City at Three P.M.

Dads, Death, Disasters, Drinking | Memoir

This Is Only a Test

November’s memoir picks are a bit of a hodgepodge perhaps, but also a fine slice of contemporary American memoir.

Ancient Rome | LJ Reviews


SPQR is a must-read for fans of classical studies and strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in history. Fans of Roman history will certainly want to read Dynasty; it’s tone will also appeal to lovers of historical fiction

Health and Happiness | Self-Help Reviews, November 15, 2015


HAPPINESS, that elusive state everyone craves, is the theme of this month’s column. Selections present a number of respectable ways to achieve contentment and fulfillment.

Abel, Doré, Lee, Stevenson, Morel/Mäel, & Others | Graphic Novels Reviews, November 15, 2015


NEW YORK COMIC CON 2015, held October 8–11, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, showed that diversity grows the market. The 160,000-plus attendees reflected every age, gender, ethnicity, and orientation.

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015


Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts

Mission Chinese Food, Foster’s Market, the New Sugar & Spice | Cooking Reviews, November 15, 2015


Bowien’s debut cookbook is not to be missed; if you love bakery/cafe cookbooks and easy entertaining, Foster’s cookbook is a must; Seneviratne’s recipes will lure many home cooks; Snyder’s take will satisfy sweet-toothed citrus lovers

Top Fall Indie Poetry: Fourteen Great Poets To Discover or Rediscover


Not pretty-picture poems but tough and true; risk takers will have great fun traveling with Noel through urban landscapes; Teare’s poems are demanding and brave; Wieners’s work is important for serious poetry readers