Postcards from Paris 1950: Remembering Howard Fast

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Howard Fast’s birth, the author’s daughter, Rachel Fast Ben-Avi ) recalls those three months in 1950 when she, at the age of six, received postcards from a father who was “spending the summer in Paris.” At the time, Fast was in a federal prison for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

LibraryReads Nominations Now Accepted via NetGalley

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LibraryReads, which offers a monthly list of ten current titles recommended by library staff nationwide as their favorites, has joined with NetGalley to make nominating titles even easier. Previously, library staff who participated voted solely through Edelweiss. Now staffers who use NetGalley, a major software and services company that delivers secure digital galleys to professional […]

Nonfiction: Karl Barth; “Ol’ Man River”; Creative Britain; Gangs; Peter, Paul, & Mary | Xpress Reviews

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Barth’s theology, singing an old man song, Pluto’s astrology, Britain’s cultural capital, L.A. gangs, architecture with sensitivity toward nature, folk song pioneers Peter Paul and Mary

Graphic Novels from Higgins, Siegel, & Reis and Ollmann | Xpress Reviews

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Moody, atmospheric art and the surprise cliff-hanger ending will leave readers of C.O.W.L. hankering for more; Ollmann’s volume will become a favorite of graphic novel fans with a literary bent

Bibles for Bonsai, Spice and Herbs; Moderate Islam, Plus Short Takes | Reference Reviews

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A high-level overview of what one needs to know to choose and grow a bonsai with success, a beautiful volume that covers herbs and spices with a personal touch, a valuable resource on Native American history, a moderate view of Islam.

Best Books 2014: Top Ten

An untamed state

By Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Amanda Mastrull, Annalisa Pesek, Stephanie Sendaula, Henrietta Verma, and Wilda Williams Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Grove. ISBN 9780802122513. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802192677. F In Gay’s debut novel, Mireille Jameson is kidnapped while visiting her parents in Haiti with her American husband and their son. […]

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Lives of Archaeologists, Cocktail Technique, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Beauty | Science & Technology Reviews

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Johnson peels back the super­ficial glamour surrounding archaeology, straightforward directions on cocktail technique, the social side of human behavior, days before and during Superstorm Sandy, natural options for beauty products.

Fiction from Dueñas, Jio, and Tallis, with a Debut from Sugg | Xpress Reviews

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A novel of raw emotion from Dueñas, an unexceptional and fairly predictable plot from Jio, Internet celebrity Sugg’s first novel will disappoint, and a subtle yet ultimately terrifying yarn from Tallis

E-Originals from Becnel, Boykin, Cullen, Kennedy, & Keys | Xpress Reviews

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Becnel’s sweet family tale takes time to arrive, Boykin offers Lowcountry charm, Cullen writes an emotional historical, readers with a taste for light BDSM will not be disappointed in Freed, and Keys’s LGBT tale is a bit disjointed

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