Nonfiction on Finding Rare Books, the Republican Party, the Science Behind Luck | Xpress Reviews

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Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike will find Barry’s title captivating; Coppins’s work is for political enthusiasts at all points on the political spectrum; The Perfect Bet will convince readers that trying their luck against professionals is a sure road to insolvency

Fiction by Berne and Nesser, plus Two Well-Received Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Berne’s fourth novel should appeal to fans of contemporary slice-of-life fiction; Chiarella’s debut novel is an intriguing tale of medical advancement; Nesser’s latest offers plenty of twists and suspense; a thoroughly researched historical fiction debut

E-Originals from Arend, Chianese, Corrigan, Pace, & Stacey | Xpress Reviews

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A new steamy “Six Pack” from Arend; a strong female lead, a little steam, and a slow burn from Chianese; life-bonding and fidelity in a duo from Corrigan; Pace flirts with popular romance themes; and Stacey sets the neighborhood on fire

African History, January 2016 | Best Sellers

March 2015 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

Song Ying’s Debut of the Month, Sanders, Upson, Weiss, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, February 1, 2016

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Ying’s first-class procedural, an elegant literary mystery from Sanders, Leon is more complex and less dark, Weiss launches a delightful new series with a humorous cozy, Montanari tells of hardscrabble living, remorse, and renewal

Better Lovin’ (and Sleep) Through Books | Books for Dudes

10 Great Dates

I know you didn’t ask, but I have some advice: If you wanna have fun and get some lovin’, then read to your lady (or your man). Trust me, this totally works.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe | The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Nominees

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The Edgar Award nominees are announced, and LJ/SLJ has the goods on the books!

Poetry: A Selection from 2015 | Wyatt’s World

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A deep breath amid the bustle of the season, a chance to reflect on the wonder of language; here are five books of poetry to savor.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 1, 2016

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New poetry from heavy hitters Ginsberg and Neruda; celebrate Love, feel The Happiness Effect; a breakthrough Cure that starts with the mind; shh…it’s The President’s Book of Secrets; around the world in eight books

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2016

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A grieving widow finds joy again Where She Belongs; the stunning and otherwise uneventful Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper; famous author sleuths return to the crime scene