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.

Christie’s Poirot Defines an Era, Portraits of Hope and Health Care, plus New Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, December 2014

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Poirot: Series 13 marks the end of an era; a look at the lack of research studies and results for recently developed vaccines; a powerful documentary demonstrates how hope can come from tragedy.

Nonfiction RA Picks 2014 : A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

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Among the “best-of” lists are Biss’s On Immunity, Johnson’s How We Got to Now, Kolbert’s Sixth Extinction, Mead’s Life in Middlemarch, and Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice.

Nonfiction from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden | Xpress Reviews

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A collection of writings from the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine, The Garden

History of Science, December 2014 | Best Sellers

March 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

With a Bang and No Whimpers | Memoir

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This month’s memoir column features women on the cusp of change and a 50-year estrangement.

Interpreting the Parables, Biblical Anthropomorphism, Sisters on a Mission, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, December 2014

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A must for Jewish families and congregations; Levine’s touching and scholarly readings deserve a place on library shelves; Sheridan’s superb study sheds new yet ancient light on the early Church Fathers.

Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014

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The New Year’s offerings begin with guidance on making life more enjoyable and even exciting through embracing surprise, rediscovering one’s creative self, and clearing out the impediments of resentments and fear.

Nonfiction: Photos and Quotes That Express Gratitude | Xpress Reviews

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An ideal gift book for saying thank you, congratulations, or it’s great to be alive

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