Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

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Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

New Novelists Carter, Karlsson, Kells, Truc, Walsh | Debut Fiction, November 15, 2014

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Carter’s clever historical thriller is a winner, Karlsson’s contemporary tale is mandatory reading for cubicle and office workers, Kells has written an absorbing tale that will grip anyone who enjoys survival stories, Walsh’s literary page-turner.

Brown’s Pick of the Month, VanderMeer, Walton, Plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, November 15, 2014

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This month brings plenty of offerings that scratch the action itch, from new military sf series from Odom and Resnick to the cutthroat politics and vicious conflicts in Brown’s Golden Son.

Collins’s Legal Thriller, Dekker’s Pick of the Month, & A Tale of Christmas Forever | Christian Fiction Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Collins has written a fast-paced, plot-driven tale of suspense; Dekker’s A.D. 30 is biblical fiction of the highest caliber; Miller delivers a heartrending tale of family, love, and forgiveness.

Opening Locked Drawers with Patricia Cornwell | Behind the Book

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Nearly 25 years and 22 books later, Cornwell’s series featuring brilliant medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is a mainstay of the crime fiction genre and widely considered to be the catalyst for the increasingly popular forensic thriller subgenre.

American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935–1965; Global Plants | Reference eReviews

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A database of documents that are intended to “collect, preserve, and interpret the unfolding history of American enterprise.” A digital library of plant specimens from around the world.

Bibles for Bonsai, Spice and Herbs; Moderate Islam, Plus Short Takes | Reference Reviews

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A high-level overview of what one needs to know to choose and grow a bonsai with success, a beautiful volume that covers herbs and spices with a personal touch, a valuable resource on Native American history, a moderate view of Islam.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Lives of Archaeologists, Cocktail Technique, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Beauty | Science & Technology Reviews

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Johnson peels back the super­ficial glamour surrounding archaeology, straightforward directions on cocktail technique, the social side of human behavior, days before and during Superstorm Sandy, natural options for beauty products.

Wars in Copyright, Afghanistan, Cyberspace; A Love of Reading and Travel | Social Sciences Reviews

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What has gone wrong with American copyright law in the last half-century, prolonged the war in Afghanistan for over more than 12 years, you thought you knew about “Rocky,” readers can savor in a book from cover to cover.

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