Nonfiction on Middle Eastern Poetry, Ted Roosevelt Jr., Königsberg, the Great War, Library Budgets, Artists’ Letters | Xpress Reviews

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A spicy and special treat for Middle Eastern collections; Brady’s work augments our appreciation of interactions within the Roosevelt clan; a unique but true story of leadership, loyalty, hardship, and war; readers curious about art will find this irresistible

Biology, December 2016 | Best Sellers

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Gingerbread Classics, Simple Fare, Art of Pie, Pho, Barbecue | Cooking Reviews, December 2016

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Essential for aspiring ­gingerbread architects; a blogger cookbook you’ll want to use right away; few pie cookbooks are as heartwarming and funny as McDermott’s; anyone new to hosting a dinner party can benefit from Monaghan’s tutelage

Altmetrics, Tech-Buying Strategies, Digital Collections, Funding Sources | Pro Media Reviews, November 15, 2016

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A smart, reader-friendly primer on alternative research metrics; a crucial text for libraries planning a technology upgrade; detailed plans for digitization projects; a solid how-to for anyone involved in library and nonprofit fundraising

Topping the Charts | Arts & Humanities Reviews, December 2016

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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

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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

Gardening Trends | Collection Development

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In a 2009 study, “Belt Tightening in Bad Times,” the Pew Research Center found that gardening had soared during the recession as Americans economized by growing food, firing groundskeepers, and staying home. Now, urgency over climate change, habitat loss, and struggling species (e.g., bees)—along with concerns over food security and obesity—are enticing newbies and prompting […]

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

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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

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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

Nonfiction on the Philadelphia World’s Fair of 1926 and from “The Movie Doctors” | Xpress Reviews

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Historian Keels recounts Philadelphia’s spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to celebrate the sesquicentennial of American independence with a world’s fair; this book of film reviews is a flatliner. Pull the plug STAT!