Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas | LJ Review

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Thomas, Evan. Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Random. 2015. 640p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780812995367. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780812995374. BIOG For better or worse, argues Thomas (Ike’s Bluff) in this fascinating and impressively researched biography, President ­Richard Nixon (1913–94) was motivated by fears and insecurities that created a drive to succeed, which resulted in […]

Get Out and Play | Parenting Reviews, August 2015


BACK TO A BALANCED APPROACH Ten years ago the child-rearing literature was rife with harried time lines, limited windows of opportunity, benchmarks of necessary accomplishments, and a generally frantic approach to raising kids.

Careful, You’re Being Watched: Surveillance & Privacy | Collection Development, August 2015


With ongoing revelations about activities of the National Security Agency, citizens need to know as much as they can about privacy and how surveillance is now a part of everyone’s life. These 28 sources should shed some light on the matter.

Four Quality First-Timers | Memoir


Four remarkable memoir debuts from a playwright, a hoarder (maybe), a brother, and a grandson.

Other Voices, Other Views | African American Fiction and More


Alternating narrative points of view in a book can either confuse readers or provide a different and fresh take on a given situation. In this month’s selections we hear from a frustrated teenage girl living in poverty, a ghost unhappy that his former friends are grieving, and activists protesting police brutality.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates | LJ Review


Library Journal’s review of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Trends, Traditions, Tastes: Middle Eastern Cooking | Collection Development, July 2015


Emphasizing recency and broad appeal, this list of materials will meet the practical needs of cooks and provide signposts for readers who’d like to contextualize their Middle Eastern cooking through additional study. The recommended DVDs highlight differences in how foods are prepared and eaten in the Middle East versus the United States and touch on heated debates regarding the origins of popular foods.

Summertime Vibes | Memoir

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences

The memoirs this month are quick, quirky books perfect for reading in a hammock while soaking up some summertime vibes.

From Screen to Sound | Wyatt’s World


For the second week of audiobook month consider displaying titles by authors well known on screens big and small. Here are five memoirs from visual celebrities—actors on hit TV shows and films, a news anchor, and a chef–turned–tour guide.

Earth’s Uncertain Future | Collection Development: Climate Change, June 1, 2015


Climate change entered scientific discourse during the 1980s as scientists started to document a rapid rise in greenhouse gases and a corresponding increase in global temperatures. Their claims were quickly challenged as critics alleged the gases had little to do with any warming that might be occurring. Here the debate heats up in books, videos, and websites.