A History of Rain, the Flavors of Vietnam, Dazzling Dragonflies | Science & Technology Reviews, February 15, 2015

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A seamless blending of personal narrative with scientific and cultural explanations, the plethora of scents and flavors of Vietnam come to life, a vivid compilation of photographs that is a treat for nature lovers

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Some familiar authors have made this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving lately, and the list is topped by a familiar character: Miss Queenie Hennessy, whom we formerly met in Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? […]

The Civil War’s Edwin Stanton, Comma Queen Norris, RA Guide to Historical Fic & More | Social Sciences Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Marvel’s complex work will appeal to Civil War scholars and general readers; Norris’s handy guide is for writers of all levels; Sehat’s book is for political junkies, historians, and rhetoricians; librarian Baker’s guide strikes the perfect balance of thoroughness and accessibility.

Needlepoint, Jewelry Making, Hexagon Quilts, Korean Architecture | Crafts & DIY Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Beginning and intermediate realistic painters should try Forkner’s A–Z of Bird Portraits, Katz’s jewelry projects are sophisticated in both style and technique, an updated edition of the essential Needlepoint Book.

Art History, Poet Hirshfield, Hitchcock, Nirvana, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Banai’s ambitious attempt to rethink the art history survey text; Crawford takes a unique look at attention; Hirshfield is not only a sensitive reader, but a pleasure to read; Frohman’s work is worthwhile for Nirvana enthusiasts.

Suggestions for February, African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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Learn, honor, and remember: read the Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, Lewis’s March, the Randalls’ new cookbook, White House correspondent Ryans’s memoir, and debut novelist Solomon’s Disgruntled.

Audiobooks from Adler-Olsen, Doiron, Douglas, & Sloan | Xpress Reviews

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For Scandinavian crime fiction fans, mystery fans will dig The Bone Orchard, highly recommended especially for those located in the Big Apple, erotica with reservations, thriller fans get to revisit a 1980s TV series

Nonfiction: OCD, Benjamin Morrell & Dako, John Smith, Ed Shames, and Mayakovsky | Xpress Reviews

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A memoir with OCD, the friendship of captor and captive, Capt. John Smith with a “sheen of historical truth,” paratrooper Ed Shames, the life of Russian poet Mayakovsky

A Graphic Novel from Manchette and Tardi | Xpress Reviews

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Manchette and Tardi’s well-paced, violent graphic novel grabs readers and doesn’t let go until the end

Fiction from Ashe, Kelly, Macomber, Ngwainmbi, plus a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Ashe completes her romance trilogy, Hamilton’s debut will appeal to fans of the Jack Reacher series, Kelly’s latest has an engaging plot, no disappointments on Macomber’s stand-alone, Ngwainmbi follows a young man’s emotional progression

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