Unpacking Brazil: Collection Development, March 1, 2016

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Going to the Olympics in Rio or planning a trip via armchair, these sources will help travelers make the most of their time.

Life with a Special-Needs Child, First Dads, Early Literacy, Teen Talk | Parenting Reviews, February 15, 2016

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In this go-round of reviews of the child-rearing literature, we get a glimpse into the diverse parenting styles of U.S. presidents, life with a special-needs child, and new approaches to language development in children with cleft lip and palate.

The Mean Streets | African American Fiction (and More)

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While Harlem and Brooklyn have been the setting for much of urban fiction, this month’s selections extend into Newark, NJ, Detroit, and Memphis. Yet the place that really stands out is Washington, DC’s Library of Congress.

Gazing, Grazing, Homesteading, Reasoning | Memoir

Reasons To Stay Alive

This month’s column looks at an essential book on depression, the story of a man trying to turn himself into a goat, and a tale of modern-day homesteading. Comedian Michael Ian Black also weighs in on bodies, illness, and aging.

Learning the Craft | Collection Development: The Business of Writing

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Books on the craft of writing often fall into three categories: the practical, meant to teach readers to construct entertaining works; the academic, meant to mold the aspiring writer into an artist; and titles that are a mix of the two. Whatever an aspiring writer’s needs, these 30 resources should help wannabes become wordsmiths.

A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

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Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

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December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Under Self-Construction | Memoir

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This month’s memoirs are all about the authors finding their way (back) to wholeness and working toward a stable self-identity.

November Remembering | Classic Returns

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The themes this month: cute dogs; autism; cross-dressing; vintage dressing; the idiocy of war; the aftereffects of the Holocaust and of AIDS.

You’re the Boss. Now What? | Collection Development: Building a Small Business, December 1, 2015

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Between new technological options and the desire to return to handmade and local goods, there are plenty of opportunities for new and small businesses—and plenty to learn. These 25 resources combine the latest and lasting advice for new entrepreneurs.