“Reconstructing” the Civil War

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From Lincoln’s Gamble and the era’s photography and laws to After Lincoln to the lives of Embattled Rebels and daredevil heroes

Business Leadership Roundup

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Advice from the trenches for newbies and seasoned pros

Human Rights & the Law, What Led to the American Revolution, Reference in School Libraries, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

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A sure-fire movie prospect for readers interested in human rights, the environment, and the law; “how and why the government in London permitted” the American Revolution to happen; a handy overview of reference and information literacy services and resources

Birdhouses with Broad Appeal, Handmade Furniture, Double Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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These birdhouses, feeders, and baths could be easily constructed by younger hobbyists, not just adults; Handmade Furniture is a solid choice where the serious woodworker needs something different; advanced knitters will embrace Double Knitting

Neo-Impressionist Art, A Love Letter to Gatsby, Coco Chanel Bio, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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A beautiful, scholarly, yet accessible book that’s not only a catalog but a pioneering work, So We Read On is bursting with intellectual energy and fun facts, a highly readable biography secures a prominent place among countless books on Chanel

A Personal Jack Reacher, Popular Broadchurch, Ryan’s Jane Ryland Is Back, & Lots Lots More | Fiction Reviews

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Longtime fans of the irresistible “Jack Reacher” series won’t be disappointed, Kelly’s unusual novelization stands on its own, Ryan’s novel packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance, a noir offering that escapes the limits of formula fiction.

Lee, McDonough, Parks’s Debut of the Month, Holiday Titles | Christian Fiction Reviews

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Lee builds a dramatic and unforgettable portrait of an intriguing woman, McDonough’s well-rounded, sympathetically drawn characters feel like old friends, Parks’s action-packed and compelling tale of suspense is haunting in its intensity.

Librarians, Gowns, Books-to-Film & Caribbean Diasporas | What We’re Reading

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The School Library Journal/LJ staff gets back to work with a bookshelf’s worth of What We’re Reading

Q&A: Tosca Lee

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Lee, author of The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, talks to LJ about her latest project, which explores the life of Bilqis, the mysterious ruler who matched wits with King Solomon and who today holds a place in Ethiopian oral tradition and women’s history.

Cancer Gene Blues: Seven Titles for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast cancer is all about the numbers: the infamous one in eight lifetime probability of a diagnosis, the number of lymph nodes removed, gene mutations 1 and 2, risk factor percentages, even how old one should be to start screenings.

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