Best Sellers: Reference, November 2014

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From the Guinness World Records 2015 to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!

A Modern Emma: Alexander McCall Smith Reimagines Jane Austen’s Classic

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“Jane Austen is the perfect writer. She doesn’t need to be rewritten,” declared McCall Smith, the genial author of the hugely loved “No. 1 Ladies Detective” series, during an interview in his suite at New York’s Warwick Hotel.

Encyclopedia of Humor Studies; Impactstory | Reference eReviews, November 15, 2014

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The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies will serve social science scholars who are serious about humor. Impactstory is recommended for faculty, librarians, and researchers moved through the academic ranks.

California Wines, the Planets, Modern Arabic, & More | Reference Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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A starting point for exploring the world of California wines but not essential; a handy volume packed with the latest scientific observational analysis; a useful dictionary for scholars and interpreters; a massive, up-to-date undertaking on the field of information science and technology.

Hopwood on Biologist Haeckel, Missives to Our Feline Friends, Lee’s New 52 Foods Challenge | Science & Technology Reviews, November 15, 2014 Issue

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Hopwood’s detailed, well-documented, and richly illustrated book traces the history of scientific publication; Erspamer has compiled a variety of notes written by 65 cat owners; Lee engages children in creating meals and trying new things.

Histories of the Underground Railroad, British Dynasties, the American Civil War, plus the Best Place To Work, and Lots Lots More | Social Sciences Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Foner’s seminal work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the United States; Friedman delivers a must-read for managers; essays for academics, critics, and students of video game design.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

Jane Austen, Aretha Franklin, Anjelica Huston, Anne Lamott | Arts & Humanities Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A must-read for Huston fans, a range of heartfelt journalistic and spiritual writings from Lamott, Ritz’s compelling record of the life of a musical titan, a comprehensive overview of the many iterations of the Jane Austen oeuvre.

Art as a Career, Vintage & Winter Knits, Modern Mountain Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2014

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A useful resource for emerging artists and creative people of all ages; a fun survey of 20th-century fashion; beyond-the-basics designs for jewelry makers; building experts on hemp concrete, or hempcrete; newly constructed homes in mountain settings.

David Nicholls | LibraryReads Author

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A LibraryReads top pick for November, an LJ Best Book of 2014, a Man Booker long-listed treat for everyone: David Nicholls’s Us is all that and more.

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