Oscar Nominee Boyhood, Broadway Performances, James Thurber, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Boyhood is a unique coming-of-age story; talented giants of the American stage; the essence of James Thurber; a vivid portrait of master art forger Mark Landis; the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz

First Novelists Anolik, Fuller, Joy, Klaber, Moss, Nguyen, & Others | Debut Fiction, February 15, 2015

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Anolik’s haunting debut is tough to put down, Duffy expertly builds suspense, an emotionally intense novel from Fuller, Southern grit lit from Joy, Klaber delivers an important book, award-winning poet Haig beautifully details a ruined world.

Baby’s First Year, Nanny Whisperer Gold, Amish Wisdom, Raising Brave Girls, & More | Parenting Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Arnold’s thoughtful worldview approach is inspiring, DK celebrates the loveliness of babies, Gold presents an excellent resource for families looking to hire a nanny, Miller looks at the parenting culture of the Amish community.

Burrowes’s Sweetest Kisses, Everett’s Latest Sanctuary Island, Jeffries’s Last Duke, plus RWA Update | Romance Reviews, February 15, 2015

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What is it about a loner that is so fascinating? Is it the unknown that appeals? The mystery? The danger? Or is it the challenge of drawing them out and making them connect? Whatever it is, these characters lure us in and keep us coming back for more.

Bacigalupi’s Near-Future Thriller, Maresca’s Debut of the Month, Award Winner Smale, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2015

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This month’s selections feature a wide range of romance. Bridging the paranormal romance and urban fantasy aisles are stories of affection that still create fantasy worlds.

Editors’ Spring Picks

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LJ’s reviews editors found quirky, eclectic, offbeat, and debut titles to recommend this season

Q&A: LaShonda Katrice Barnett | Debut Authors, February 15, 2015

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Barnett’s compelling and acclaimed debut novel, Jam on the Vine, shines a spotlight on the crucial role the black press played in the lives of African Americans after the Civil War.

Nonfiction: Greene Explores Russian Society; Family Fiction from Letts, Seton | Audiobook Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Greene presents a series of interviews with a cross section of Russian people outside the governing elite; all ­libraries will want Letts’s tightly constructed, bitingly funny dark comedy; Seton’s saga is historical fiction with a literary bent.

Parenting, February 2015 | Best Sellers

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On Becoming Baby Wise, The Conscious Parent, Zero to Five, and more

Arab World Research Source; Morningstar Investment Research Center | Reference eReviews, February 1, 2015

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There’s useful content to be found in Arab World Research Source, but it’s somewhat uneven and sometimes quirky; Morningstar Investment Research Center is a valuable tool for public libraries with the available budget.

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