Dressing the Decades by Emanuelle Dirix | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Emanuelle Dirix’s Dressing the Decades

Sketching People, Hand Drawn Lettering, Timber Framing, Homemade Skin Products | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2016

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An invaluable manual from an Urban Sketcher on how to sketch people and faces; an unusual guide that handwriting fans, calligraphy dabblers, and letter buffs of all ages and abilities will enjoy; an excellent book on timber frame construction; an essential source for homemade herbal products, and more crafts & DIY books

Shakespeare’s First Folio | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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Two exceptional explorations of Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered by some to be the most important English literature book in history

Continental Design | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A visual feast of weaving, pattern, and adornment that will delight those interested in textiles, fashion, and ­African culture; an extraordinary work on floral patterns from India for students of art and design, art history and design history, and enthusiasts of India and Indian culture

Instant Photos | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A history of Polaroid and how it changed photography; a collection of stunning images taken from a iPhone camera

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood | LJ Review

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Making her U.S. debut with a novel that won the Australian Independent Booksellers Award as Best Novel and Best Book of the Year, Wood effectively renders the captors’ brutality and the women’s Lord-of-the-Flies struggle to survive.

A Suspenseful Lineup | 2016 Thriller Award Nominees

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On April 14, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization announced its 2016 Thriller Award finalists in the categories of Best Hardcover Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult, and Best E-Book Original Novel

Dodgers by Bill Beverly | LJ Review

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With characterizations recalling the best of George Pelecanos, this debut novel by Beverly (American literature, Trinity Univ.; On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America) follows the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin.

A Feminist in the House of Dude | Books for Dudes

The World's Toughest Races

Recently, after a regular ’ol day of reading, taking the exercise, and yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off my lawn, I became a feminist.

Smaill’s Debut of the Month, Charlton, Griep, Kay, plus Nebula Awards News & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2016

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VISITING VIVIDLY IMAGINED worlds is a large reason so many readers enjoy sf and fantasy. The sights, sounds, rituals, and cultures all create a richly transporting experience.