Bondage Bites | Erotica Reviews, July 2015

This month we’re exploring sexy stories wherein characters are pushed to the limit, with some loving every minute of it.

Trends, Traditions, Tastes: Middle Eastern Cooking | Collection Development, July 2015

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Emphasizing recency and broad appeal, this list of materials will meet the practical needs of cooks and provide signposts for readers who’d like to contextualize their Middle Eastern cooking through additional study. The recommended DVDs highlight differences in how foods are prepared and eaten in the Middle East versus the United States and touch on heated debates regarding the origins of popular foods.

Smaller Press Books from the Show | ALA 2015

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Wandering the booths at ALA revealed some intriguing books from publishers outside of the big five. Here’s a sample of what I saw.

Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Gertrude Bell of Arabia, Richard III, Tahrir Square 2011, Gaming Theory, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Excerpts from Bell’s more than 16,000 letters and eight books; a series of daring personal essays on the current state of video game culture and the industry it came from; Patience & Fortitude at the New York Public Library

Local Eats, Icy Treats, Meatless Mains, & Barbeque Favorites | Cooking Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Foolproof classic fare for potlucks, picnics, tailgates, and other occasions; readers will undoubtedly emerge better cooks after trying López-Alt’s perfected recipes; an unlikely Meatless in Cowtown will satisfy vegetarians

Women Farmers, Wonders of Evolution, Mass Surveillance, Cancer Survival Strategies | Science & Technology Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A comprehensive volume on farming for women, Schneier’s readable yet chilling book about the dangers of the ubiquitous mass surveillance, an inspiring compilation for anyone struggling with cancer, a heart-lifting self-help story

Sharks, Baseball, Sweet Treats, and Speeches | Reference Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A Pocket Guide to Sharks is ideal for scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts; Leventhal succeeds in relating an expansive account of baseball; readers will delight in this reference that serves any kitchen, chef, patisserie, or person with a sweet tooth

Graphic Clay, Concrete Gardens, English Paper Piecing, Boutique Bags, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Smith and Snyder take concrete projects to a new high; Gilleland’s guide is essential for quilters of English paper piecing; animal lovers will enjoy Muir and Osborne’s quirky knitted pets; Verroca’s thoughtful re-creations of antique quilts

Kayne West, Biespiel’s Poetry, Literary Detectives, Buddhism for Couples | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Beaumont’s in-depth depiction of West; Stavan’s joyous insight on Quixote; Goleman’s inspirational call to train our minds and hearts; Dundas’s enthusiasm is contagious; Ward’s accessible Lost Detective