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

Game of Crowns by Christopher Andersen | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Christopher Andersen’s Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne

LJ Reference Reviews: May 15, 2016

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The entertaining everyday life of The World of Ancient Rome; World’s Fairs is recommended for all libraries