“Adult Stuff,” Mindful Living, Creative Ideas, Depression & Hope | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A MULTITUDE OF TROUBLESOME, or what might be called “growing” points are central to this month’s titles. Starting with the improve-your-life-in-general books, there are offerings with solutions for inefficiency, improving time management, and developing an appreciation for everyday life.

Ballpark Dreams: Biographies and Histories That Will Be of Interest All Yearlong

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Bjarkman’s book is revelation; Kenny delivers an entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan; Kurkjian’s thoughtful approach shows why the game fascinates legions of fans; anyone interested in baseball’s legacy will enjoy Lindbergh and Miller’s account.

Reflections of War: Behind the Scenes of Notable Battles

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Spanning three centuries of history, these titles recount the aftermath of battle, in particular the Revolutionary War (1775–83), Civil War (1861–65), and World War II (1939–45). There are also two contrasting appraisals of leader Douglas ­MacArthur, along with a biography of Civil War general William Tecumseh ­Sherman.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Nonfiction: Canada’s Native Peoples, Futurism, Louis XVI, “Star Wars,” Little Gibraltar | Xpress Reviews

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An eye-opening series on Canada’s Native peoples; futurism; a solid birth-to-death biography of Louis XVI; for fans of “Star Wars,” George Lucas, and sf movies; bitcoin potential; Little Gibraltar and the stories of individual participants

Geography, April 2016 | Best Sellers

August 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

New Directions in Sock Knitting by Ann Budd | LJ Review

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Experienced sock knitters who relish a challenge will want to pick this one up, as will knitters weary of traditional patterns.

Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Hadley Freeman’s Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Anymore)

Once Upon a Utopia | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

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Four riveting accounts that explore some of the many communities in America that have set out over the years to find a new way of life, away from it all, by setting up their own personal utopias and communes. Some, needless to say, worked out better than others.