Must-Read American History, Infamous Verdicts, plus Civil War Narratives & More | Social Sciences Reviews

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Baptist has written a book that truly deepens and broadens our understanding of slavery, Acquittal illuminates the arcane process of successful jury selection, essayist Shenk explores the dynamics of creative pairs

Projects with Pop-Ups, Pinterest, Appliqué, Spinning, & More | Crafts & DIY

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Chapin’s guide contains real-world (and often tested) advice on making craft-based businesses successful; pop-ups are popular with all ages; for libraries that lack the titles Black & Decker pulls from, this compilation is a recommended addition

Beethoven, Maeve Binchy, James Brown, plus Triathlon Training & Triumphant Musicals | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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Holland, Tom & Amy Goodson. Swim, Bike, Run—Eat: The Complete Guide to Fueling Your Triathlon. Fair Winds: Quarto. 2014. 192p. photos. index. ISBN 9781592336067. pap. $22.99. SPORTS This book speaks to the importance of proper body fueling during a triathlon and covers four key components: an understanding of basic nutrition, fueling during training and during […]

Forward Pass! Don’t Fumble These 11 Football Titles

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From Beating Goliath and Why Football Matters to What It Takes to win A Nearly Perfect Season

Essential Amis, Macomber, plus a Roundup of Historical Fiction from Gregory, Hunt, McCullough, Smith, Vreeland | Fiction Reviews

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Amis delivers a haunting indictment; a novel as audacious as it is chilling, Macomber’s latest will have readers flipping pages until the end, an epic and emotionally draining debut novel from Thomas, Gregory offers a fresh perspective on well-known British history

A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview

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“When I think about what librarians have done for me over the years—provided a space, kept it neat and attractive, filled it with books and technology and opportunities for growth—I realize that what they were really doing was providing a home for me by another name.”

Guides to Public Speaking, the Upside of Low Self-Esteem, Recovering Intimacy, & More | Self-Help Reviews

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Hoogterp explains how to “work the stage” and be memorable; Rufus describes the upside of low self esteem and a variety of healing strategies; Sayers helps service members and their families readjust after long periods apart

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce September Favorites

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One of my favorite recent books tops the list of what librarians are reading this month. See my interview with Caitlin Doughty in the September 15 issue of LJ. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No problem! LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not […]

Nonfiction on Napa Cuisine, John Fahey, Making Mead, Nazi-Occupied Paris, & Ancient Egypt | Xpress Reviews

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Kostow’s philosophy of cuisine, the life of John Fahey, Preserving Everything, foraging for wild edibles, making mead a home, for those with an interest in French/World War II history, the fascinating civilization of ancient Egypt

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