Water Conservation | Science & Technology Reviews, June 1, 2016

water in plain sight

A ­riveting and highly accessible book that will appeal to water enthusiasts and nature lovers of all kinds about interpreting water; an important book for those interested in climate change, particularly the effects it will have on sea level rise and cities; a refreshing, optimistic book that looks into how diverse groups of people across the globe are working to align the land with the water cycle again in an era when water scarcity is already a reality

Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016

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It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

Visionary Versemakers | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Two magisterial and generous collections of poetry, one from Rita Dove—Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate—and the other from Adrienne Rich, outspoken feminist and political activist

Haunted Homecomings | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

arrowood

An engaging and thrilling tale about a young woman’s homecoming, the vagaries of memory, and the impact of tragedy on both a town and a family; a carefully crafted and riveting thriller that is narrated in reverse chronological order, a tense and unusual reading experience that both disorients and intrigues

Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A charming novel about four sisters who make it big in vaudeville to support their struggling family; likable, hardworking characters populate a hopeful novel about a woman who dreams of making it big as an actress while working at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London

Illustration That Works, Creative Cut Cards, Enameling Jewelry, and Traditional Nordic Knits | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 1, 2016

illustration that works

A practical yet sophisticated guide for aspiring artists and recent art school graduates alike; a fun and functional guide to card making; an extensive guide to enameling jewelry; classic Nordic knitwear that will appeal to all levels of knitters, and many more crafts & DIY book reviews

Bicycle Thieves, L’Inhumaine, Paulette, the Tavianis, & Ulee’s Gold | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, May 15, 2016

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The restored masterwork Bicycle Thieves is an essential holding; L’Inhumaine should pique the interest of serious film buffs; from the neorealistic to the magical, The Taviani Brothers give off a folk tale aura; a lovely, low-key Ulee’s Gold

We Love Paris | LJ Video Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Maison Close is recommended for those who like period dramas with a psychological edge; Thérèse Raquin presents an absorbing tale that will appeal to those who favor melodrama.

Chambers’s Debut of the Month, Durbin, Vyleta, plus Newcomer Merbeth & Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, May 15, 2016

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THE SFWA NEBULA Conference, which runs May 12–15 in Chicago, features the presentation of the Nebula Awards, recognizing the best U.S. works of sf and fantasy as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).