Big Science, Breastfeeding, Teens, Childhood Cancer | Parenting Reviews, September 1, 2016

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Younger kids will love these short activities with big impacts; Grayson’s global perspective is a welcome addition to an important debate; Phelan’s guidance is consistently sound, on target, and presented in an upbeat, practical way

Our Just Desserts: Baking | Collection Development, September 1, 2016

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Baked goods and pastries are favorites among chefs and consumers alike, and despite burgeoning online food resources, cookbooks continue to be top circulators. These new and classic sources will add sustenance to any collection.

Cozy or Rough | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month treats us to new releases from popular urban fiction authors plus a tasty cozy murder mystery centered on the owner of a soul food restaurant and her sassy cousin.

Loss & Gain | Memoir

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Each of this month’s memoirs is about growing stronger in different ways, even as each writer loses something crucial or someone essential. While they won’t leave a dry eye in the house, they’ll evoke cathartic and redemptive tears.

Love in Uniform: Military Romance | Collection Development, August 2016

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Current trends in military romance both reflect and anticipate events in the nonfictional world. Since the takedown of Osama bin Laden, battalions of romances star SEALs, while the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has led to a spate of same-sex happy endings.

Boy-Meets-Girl Drama | African American Fiction (and More)

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Titles this month are about the drama swirling around the time-tested boy-meets-girl story line. Is there a bit of romance? Maybe. Sex? Absolutely.

Family Fireworks & “Boomoirs” | Memoir

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Derek reads four debut memoirs this month and Thérèse Purcell Nielsen reviews two baby boomer memoirs.

Brontës, Selfies, Babies, Frankenstein, & More | Classic Returns

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This time out, we spotlight classics of literature, art, fashion, pregnancy bibles, and coming-of-age stories.

Law & Disorder: Criminal Justice & Policing | Collection Development, July 1, 2016

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According to a 2015 report, violent crime is about half of what it was in 1991, and property crime is down by over 40 percent. Still, public scrutiny of the system and those who work within it may be at an all-time high. These 31 resources paint an eye-opening picture of our criminal justice system and policing that readers need to see.

Sexy Reads | African American Fiction (and More)

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Mirroring the mantra “sex sells,” this month’s selections feature such salacious situations as open marriages, hiring prostitutes for a hubby’s bedroom pleasure, cougars turned on by younger guys, and gold diggers taking older men’s money.