Climate Change, Lifestyle Habits, ISIS, Britcoms, American Voting | Reference Short Takes, February 1, 2017

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A helpful baseline for a highly charged, scientifically complex topic; a handy overview of actionable wellness insights; a multifaceted, contextual snapshot of a troubling world force; critical insight into today’s disaffected voter climate

Romantic Pairings | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2017

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For Valentine’s Day and beyond, here are a few perfectly matched romances: two paranormal debuts, sequels to recent series, and a duo of gems on audio.

Donnelly’s Debut of the Month, Baker, Bledsoe, Lawrence, Neuvel, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2017

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Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision; McGuire continues to keep the high energy and excitement in her frenetic action-filled stories; Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales

Love the Next Time Around | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2017

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PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM Reunion stories, those romances in which couples with past relationships reunite, are now more popular than ever. In fact, according to a survey commissioned by the Romance Writers of America, “reunited lovers” are among the ten most popular tropes of the genre.

Rendering Russia | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2017

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This arresting array of titles gives newbies and Russophiles alike a taste of the culture and politics that have shaped this nation, while also revealing its ordinary people to be educated, creative, and often in possession of an earthy sense of humor.

Timely Tellings: Memoir Highlights 2017 (so far)

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LJ’s memoir columnists and reviewers help celebrate the first quarter of 2017 with four starred reviews from the monthly online column, a book about love of urban gardening, and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, three titles that deal with making marriage work in these troubled times.

The Library as Safe Place | Behind the Book, February 15, 2017

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When I was growing up in Washington, DC, the library was my safe place. I went two or three times a week after school and stayed until my working mother could retrieve me….So it is probably no surprise that my local library became the “safe place” where I wrote my latest book The Women in the Castle, a historical novel that took me over seven years to finish.

Q&A: Sana Krasikov | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2017

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Debut novelist Sana Krasikov shares insights into her inspiration for The Patriots, the current political climate, and her penchant for index cards.

Science, February 2017 | Best Sellers

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Swearing and our brains: What the F

Five Women Poets: Strong New Works for Language Lovers Everywhere

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Duhamel’s deceptively informational, almost deadpan voice might at first puzzle but soon becomes incantatory; Matthews’s imaginative work will attract anyone who reads poetry seriously; White’s contribution is heartfelt and true, both deeply personal and embracing