Guides to Public Speaking, the Upside of Low Self-Esteem, Recovering Intimacy, & More | Self-Help Reviews

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Hoogterp explains how to “work the stage” and be memorable; Rufus describes the upside of low self esteem and a variety of healing strategies; Sayers helps service members and their families readjust after long periods apart

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce September Favorites

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One of my favorite recent books tops the list of what librarians are reading this month. See my interview with Caitlin Doughty in the September 15 issue of LJ. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? No problem! LibraryReads welcomes recommendations from all public library staff members, not […]

Nonfiction on Napa Cuisine, John Fahey, Making Mead, Nazi-Occupied Paris, & Ancient Egypt | Xpress Reviews

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Kostow’s philosophy of cuisine, the life of John Fahey, Preserving Everything, foraging for wild edibles, making mead a home, for those with an interest in French/World War II history, the fascinating civilization of ancient Egypt

Graphic Novels Literary and Adventuresome from Kuper and Van Lente & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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The System has the heft of a literary novel; Volume 1 of Brain Boy is great fun for fans of sf or espionage thrillers

Fiction from Adler-Olsen, Gannon, Kellerman père et fils, Meyers, & Stanley | Xpress Reviews

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A twisty Scandinavian crime series, a military sf series fans will love, a disappointing outing for Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman, a novel that elicits compassion and high hopes, and Miranda Corbie returns in her third World War II mystery

E-Originals from Adams, Addams, Alden, Evers, Pengelley, & Walter Mosley | Xpress Reviews

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Paranormal romance with good and evil, Addams’s series launch is Cursed, a lively and deep foray into sf from Mosley, Pengelley rejects delivers a surprisingly entertaining read, Priestley’s debut features a unique twist

Captivating Romance from Jeffries, Phillips, Putney, & Thomas | Romance Reviews

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Life-­changing secrets and class issues fuel Jeffrie’s plot, Phillips reveals a brilliant flair for the gothic, another memorable masterpiece from Putney, one of Thomas’s most unforgettable yet.

Going to a Bad Place | What We’re Reading

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Fiction takes us to some bad and Bad places this week

Alex Berenson, Laurie King, Andrew Pyper, & More | Top Commercial Fiction, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2

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Berenson, Alex. Twelve Days. Putnam. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780399159749. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE Former New York Times reporter Berenson follows up eight previous John Wells novels, including the Edgar Award–winning The Faithful Spy, with another fraught narrative hinging on a plot to compel the President to attack Iran. The President has demanded that […]

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