From the Silk Roads to Los Angeles | History Previews, Feb. 2105, Pt. 5

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Brooks James F. Mesa of Sorrows: A History of the Awat’ovi Massacre. Norton. Feb. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780393061253. $26.95. HISTORY In 1700, Awat’ovi, a peaceful Hopi community on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa, was set upon by neighboring Hopi Indians and its inhabitants brutally slain. Brooks, professor of history and anthropology at the University of California, Santa […]

Click, Clack, Books

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Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]

Fall Expectations: New Ventures | Wyatt’s World

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Coming this fall (either around the corner or in a few weeks) are some riveting works that introduce new perspectives from well-known names.

Covering the Classics: Q&A with Book Designer Coralie Bickford-Smith | Classic Returns

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A Q&A with award-winning book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Family Dynamics: Debuts in Domestic Struggles | The Reader’s Shelf, September 1, 2015

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Tolstoy tells us that every unhappy family suffers a unique despondency. These debuts, each addressing a family on the point of dissolution, prove his point.

DiSilverio’s Pick of the Month, Award-Winning Cozies, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, September 1, 2015

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DiSilverio’s dark stand-alone twists and turns; Beck’s new cozy series is easygoing and charming; take a chance on Chance’s light and frothy historical; you’ll root for this enchanting amateur sleuth; Benn’s historical details are stellar

Crime Fiction Leads the Circulation Pack | Mystery Reviews, September 1, 2015

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Goodman’s second legal mystery is memorable and intriguing, if flawed; Harrison re-creates 20th-century Ireland; Qiu’s incisive portrait of communist China is brilliant; a new translation of a classic locked-room mystery from Shimada

Nonfiction: 19th-Century Crime, World Hunger, Robotics, Greek Philosophy, Butterflies, More | Xpress Reviews

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Crimes of the Romantic period, world hunger, history of the human race, Frank Sinatra, women in the military, for readers who like their history with a little personality, Thelma Todd, a workable plan for guiding youth toward healthy life choices, ancient Greek philosophy, butterflies, modern science, history of physics

Fiction from Adler-Olsen, Dugoni, Mr. Kellerman, May, Mitchell & Blaney, and a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Department Q gets a new case; Dugoni’s pens a compelling thriller; despite Kellerman’s ending, the rush up is exciting and definitely worth it; May creates atmosphere you can cut with a dirk; demand but no spark for Mitchell and Shay; an adequate historical mystery from a broadcaster

Graphic Novels from Alarcón & Alvarado, Cavolo, Climo, and Eisner & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado are too elliptical, a highly original piece of art from Cavolo, Climo doesn’t make any attempt to plumb the depths of compelling comics territory, Eisner’s blending of art and text is revolutionary; highly recommended