A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

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The six books below shed light on the forest, highlighting its glory and its shadowy depths, while readers can immerse themselves in those worlds knowing they are safe in their favorite chair.

Our “United” States: Sen. Cory Booker on Building Strong Communities

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On March 21 at Random House’s New York City office, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) discussed United: Thoughts on Finding ­Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

Q&A: Lynne Kutsukake | Debut Spotlight, May 15, 2016

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Lynne Kutsukake is a former academic librarian who lives in Toronto. Her stunning first novel, The Translation of Love , examines life in postwar Japan under American occupation.

Joe Hill’s “Fireman,” Apocalyptic Terror | RA Crossroads

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With engrossing, stay-up-all-night pacing, stock characters worth cheering for, spellbinding worldbuilding, and a well-balanced mix of outrage, mourning, and hope, Hill’s novel places his fellowship into one troubling incident after another.

Exploring the Outdoors, Crafts, & Kids’ Curiosity | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2016

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WITH FAMILIES ABOUT TO VISIT libraries in droves for summer reading programs, now is a great time for a parenting-through-the-years display, reminding moms and dads that librarians are a rich resource and valued partner in the health and growth of children of all ages.

Sex, Drugs, Sticks | Memoir

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The perennial themes of sex and drugs pop up in all of the memoirs (sometimes in the same book) this month.

Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Jonah Berger’s Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior

Sharpie Style, DIY Garden Projects, “Crazy Crochet,” & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Brehm offers Drawing Perspective with dynamic layouts and simple structure, there’s a lot of diversity in Brandal & Myhrer’s cheerful compilation, debuter Wood’s accessories will find an audience with confident beginners

Live-Fire Grilling with “Meat on the Side,” plus Gluten-Free French Cuisine, & More | Cooking Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Dinki presents flexible recipes that can be both meaty and meatless; Peltre’s family-friendly recipes prove gluten-free cooking doesn’t have to be stressful; for budget and environmentally conscious cooks, Vinton says, Eat It Up!

Wimmen’s Comix, Feiffer’s Cousin Joseph, Ancient China, “Threadbare,” & More | Graphic Novels Reviews, May 15, 2016

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An essential Comix collection to engage both amateur and professional culture critics; a fresh serving of classic noir from Feiffer; a compelling, nuanced treatment of Alan Turing; Zapico’s enjoyable, valuable introduction to James Joyce