Best Print Reference | Best Reference 2014

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The best reference books of 2014 include a surprising gem: Courthouses of Georgia (Univ. of Georgia) as well as other encyclopedias and atlases, handbooks, and more.

Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

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Last summer Tor.com, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

Reading Pages, Coining Phrases | What We’re Reading

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Our roster of rabid readers fights winter with a mountain of great books: there’s movies, indigenous populations, deaf superpowers, California girls, Kentucky kids, parted and departed loves, designing women, sex traffickers, and a hot-blooded empress.

Monuments of Tibet, Islam & Muslim Beliefs, “Mummymania,” & More | Reference Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Henss’s epic book on Tibetan history and culture will be in great demand, Renard explains Islam using an accessible and balanced approach, a truly rollicking blend of scientific and pop culture for “mummymaniacs” everywhere.

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

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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.

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