Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]

Nonfiction on Brooklyn, the Irish Rising, Being LGBT, and Bill Clinton | Xpress Reviews


A book for fans of Brooklyn history, a welcome addition to any collection on Irish history, an ever so slightly outrageous memoir about the gay rights movement, a new Bill Clinton book is only for avid readers of popular political science

Nonfiction on Lincoln’s Assassination and Roosevelt’s Singular Presidency | Xpress Reviews


Canavan’s “good read” on the minutiae of LIncoln’s death won’t much change what we already know; Daniels’s readable but dense volume on FDR will appeal primarily to scholars for its often useful and interesting commentary

Politics & Law, August 2015 | Best Sellers

November 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Poet Harjo, Drama Critic Lahr, plus Jim Morrison and American Soccer | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 2015


Poems like music that riffs and sings and sometimes drum, an inspiring survey of modern art, Lahr’s thoughtful and critical pieces on American theater, Plenderleith chronicles the North American Soccer League, in-depth portraits of Doors singer Jim Morrison

Nonfiction: Dog Care, von Furstenberg, Tom Brady, HBO, Hitler at Home, S-4 Disaster | Xpress Reviews


Dogsitting as a pleasure and business, fashion fans will appreciate the life of DVF, a fan’s obsession with Tom Brady, and insider’s look at HBO, a serial for designers, the effects of propaganda on international public opinion, a tale of heroism

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen by Maureen Abood | LJ Review

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Abood, Maureen. Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. Running Pr. 2015. ISBN 9780762454860. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780762456048. Cooking Abood’s debut exudes charm and style. Cooking through her Lebanese-inspired recipes (e.g., vegan tomato kibbeh, rose water meringues with roasted rhubarb) readers will learn new tricks, such as how to […]

Don’t Pass on These: Fall Football Picks


It’s remarkable the hold football has on American culture. For over 100 years, the sport has captivated our attention. The historical concentration of some of these titles, which are split between having a college or professional focus, attests to that.

Why Alice Still Matters: Celebrating 150 Years of Wonderland with Gregory Maguire


It’s been 150 years since readers first fell down the rabbit hole with the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , and no one’s been the same since.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | LJ Review

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Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9781594634710. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698408319. Self-help Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, aims to encourage lives more strongly driven by curiosity than by fear. Having the courage to do that, says the author, will lead to an enchanted existence. Readers start the process by daily […]