Health DVDs | Collection Development

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While Fitbits and smartphones have taken “home fitness” outdoors, the consumer health DVD market continues to yield high customer appeal. These 31 programs offer plenty of viewing advice.

Musical Memoirs | Wyatt’s World

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Memoirs take a musical turn this fall, with a number of high-profile singers turning to the page rather than the microphone to tell their tales. Here are five essential titles as an overture.

Forever Fascinated by Family | Memoir

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Families continue to fascinate memoir writers, readers, and reviewers.

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.