Bullying, Relocating, Observing, Inventing | Memoir

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Among this month’s memoirs is one that explores what it means to remember and thus questions the very nature of writing a memoir. It is destined to become a modern American classic.

Antiheroes, Dancers, Bridges, L.A. Stories | Classic Returns

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The “Classic Returns” column is back with intercultural essays, a full roster of femmes and hommes fatales, an art critic’s black comedy, and a dancing de Mille’s memoir with an excellent new foreword.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 15, 2016

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Nickel’s war on “urban blight,” performing Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, Bakewell on existentialism, presidential parenting styles, plus titles for Presidents’ Day, travel in Asia, self-publishing in libraries

Poetry, Dining, & Shakespeare | Memoir

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Memoirs about expressions of love through poetry, songs, and food.

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.

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

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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.