Fiddler at 50, Anna x 3, Tove’s 100th, 30 Years of Chelsea Green, and More | Classic Returns

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December’s Classic Returns column sings happy birthday to Fiddler on the Roof, celebrates Tove Jansson’s centennial, and congratulates Chelsea Green on 30 years of cutting-edge books. Also: Trollope, Turing, and three new Anna Kareninas!

E-Originals from The Lady Authors, Auclair, Jordan, Moon, plus a Debut by Harris | Xpress Reviews

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A sexy selection of novellas from The Lady Authors; Harris’s debut features layered individuals about whom readers will care; you won’t want to put down Jordan’s Heiress for All Seasons; Moon has the right amount of sugar and spice.

Biology, December 2014 | Best Sellers

February 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

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The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

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Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.

California Wines, the Planets, Modern Arabic, & More | Reference Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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A starting point for exploring the world of California wines but not essential; a handy volume packed with the latest scientific observational analysis; a useful dictionary for scholars and interpreters; a massive, up-to-date undertaking on the field of information science and technology.

Hopwood on Biologist Haeckel, Missives to Our Feline Friends, Lee’s New 52 Foods Challenge | Science & Technology Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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Hopwood’s detailed, well-documented, and richly illustrated book traces the history of scientific publication; Erspamer has compiled a variety of notes written by 65 cat owners; Lee engages children in creating meals and trying new things.

Histories of the Underground Railroad, British Dynasties, the American Civil War, plus the Best Place To Work, and Lots Lots More | Social Sciences Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Foner’s seminal work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the United States; Friedman delivers a must-read for managers; essays for academics, critics, and students of video game design.

Brands on Reagan, Laqueur on Putin, plus Kozol, Schickel, & Vargas Llosa | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Jun. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brands, H.W. Reagan: The Life. Doubleday. Jun. 2015. 816p. ISBN 9780385536394. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780385536400. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY A New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist for The First American and Traitor to His Class, Brands is both a serious academic (he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at […]

Trains, Punks, Magic, YA, and Tidying Up | What We’re Reading

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As the holiday approaches, the staff at LJ/School Library Journal give thanks for good books about girls, trains, getting old, future worlds, sitting in the dark, and tidying up for perhaps the last time ever.

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