Maupassant’s Classic Shorts, Visual Art on a Global Scale, Film Critic Schickel, Soccernomics | Arts and Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Maupassant’s depictions of 19th-century France for a new generation of readers; a project showcasing the work of novices and accomplished artists alike; Keepers is a conversation starter; a broad take on the wide world of soccer

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Spencer C. Tucker on the Writing Life

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Fulbright scholar and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. The author recently answered some questions via email about his lengthy career.

Between the Panels: Superhero Comic Events | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2015

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For just about as long as there have been superhero comic books, groups of characters have banded together to tackle threats too big to be handled alone. These event comics have resulted in some of the most beloved and iconic stories of all time.

The Things They Carried: History 100(ish) Objects at a Time

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The idea of presenting popular history through objects has really taken off lately, with readers who like a reference browse delighting in books that explore various aspects of our world and its history through…stuff.

Q&A: Renée Knight | Debut Spotlight, May 15, 2015

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Boasting early rave reviews, Knight’s debut novel, Disclaimer, releases from Harper on May 19, and 20th Century Fox has already secured the film rights.

Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Blended Families, Talking to Kids About Religion, Solutions for Allergies, & More | Parenting Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Hope for any reader unsure of how to navigate a new familial structure, advice for improving impulse control and organization, discussions on religion from a nonreligious perspective, an essential Allergy Book that addresses the most timely of concerns

The Power of Silence, Social Gospel, Environmentalism, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, May 15, 2015

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This season offers an immense variety of experiences in spirituality, which range in gravity and quality. There are also memoirs and calls to action, for readers of various persuasions.