LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2016

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the Reference & User Services Association’s (RUSA) Reading List Council, made up of 12 expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, announced the 2016 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A short list of honor […]

Ringing In the New, Ringing Out the Old | French on Fridays

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On keeping book lists, tallying totals, and reading in 2016

Elizabeth Strout | LibraryReads Author Spotlight, January 1, 2016

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“People will go after you for combining poverty and abuse,” warns Sarah Payne, a writer admired by the eponymous heroine of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton.

Experimenter, Mulholland Dr., A Special Day, Two Men in Town | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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A unique docudrama, Mulholland Dr. is deliriously mesmerizing and frustratingly convoluted, two different but lonely people come together, director Giovanni makes a solid case for giving a criminal another chance

Pop Painting, 3D Origami, Beadweaving, HomeMade Modern, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, January 1, 2015

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Pop Painting for younger artists; an appealing and achievable HomeMade Modern; quilters of all skill levels have much to gain from the Quilter’s Academy; Guéniau provides ideas and a personal approach to decorating and entertaining

Sushi & Sashimi, Ramen, Pho, plus Simply Nigella and Middle Eastern Sweets | Cooking Reviews, January 1, 2016

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A practical take on whole grain cooking; meatless healthy eating; an excellent starting point for sushi and sashimi lovers; Lawson’s winning selection of recipes for all occasions; Miller reframes cooking as a form of self-care

Fashion Collections | Reference eReviews, January 1, 2016

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VENTURING INTO new territory with this column, we look at a number of fashion-related resources that cover a full spectrum of possibilities.

New Year, Nearly New Books: Favorite 2015 Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf

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There are many ways to plan the first reading foray of the year. One might be to reflect on the new voices from the year just closed. Below, a group of librarians share the debuts they enjoyed in 2015.

100 Years of National Parks | LJ Reviews

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In observance of the centennial of the National Parks Service’s founding, several publishers are releasing works that examine the history of the parks and the beauty and adventure to be found within their borders.

Ready for 2016: Diet and Fitness Books for the New Year | LJ Reviews

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Finally, the writers of diet books have given up on the gimmicks such as no carbs, no meat, cabbage soup, and low fat. Virtually all of this season’s titles advocate a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, with sufficient meat for optimum protein, although vegans may substitute plant products for meat.