Philosophy & Ethics, Community & Belief, Church History, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

THIS SEASON’S PICKS start off with different perspectives on philosophy and ethics. John Stackhouse’s latest presents an evangelical Protestant indebted to theological ethicists, while Nicholas Austin offers a solid dialog between medieval theological ethics and virtue theory. Also spotlighted are memoirs in which belief has played an integral part of people’s lives.

LJ Media | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Libraries with patrons especially partial to magnificent, international discoveries will want to provide Sky in multiple formats; Karen White’s clearly enunciated, steady-paced narration nicely relates densely packed information that is essential for all public libraries; the charms of The Great British Baking Show remain as delectably fresh as ever; this beautifully done film makes an excellent case for a controversial position on animal rights

LJ Reference | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Young adults working on school assignments, or looking for adventure, and general adult readers will be struck by the wonder of it all; lovers of ancient Egyptian and African history will enjoy learning more about this natural resource; advanced undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, and practitioners of urban design will find this work stimulating and visionary

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

Shida’s book is mindful, challenging knitting at its best; Page’s illustrated resource explores the territory of cuisine beyond the restraints of recipe; excellent in terms of getting the “inside scoop” on the White House and training oneself to deal with all kinds of people; Tong offers a charming book about a second-generation American’s search for his family and himself in contemporary China

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

A stellar compilation that upholds the high standards of its predecessors; Maaren’s enchanting debut is for anyone who enjoys stretching their imagination; a gorgeous, unsettling look into the human psyche, richly conceived yet accessible to all; irreverent, zany, and hilarious, this debut romantic comedy for the digital age is a pure delight

Q&A: Cecilia Gray | SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

In her “Jane Austen Academy” series, Cecilia Gray reimagines the author’s beloved characters and gathered them all into the same boarding school. Lizzie Egmont, counterpart to Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, stars in the series’ first novel, Fall for You, crusading against the school’s new coed policy and butting heads with the supposedly snobbish Dante Braxton.

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | Reference eReviews

There’s no question that Secret Files offers valuable primary source material. However, given the high price, those who have a large collection budget and serve scholars of these subjects should seek out a free trial before committing to ­purchasing.

Twice-Told Tales | Collection Development: Retelling the Classics

Everything old is new again when it comes to fresh retellings of classic literature. From the Hogarth Shakespeare series to the movie Clueless and the musical Wicked, classic stories never go out of style.

Newcomer Ata, Chabouté, Chatterjee/Kahlil, Karasik/Newgarden, Lovecraft/Tanabe, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews

Ata’s artistry can help readers understand how living with illness changes everything; another stunning achievement from an author who seems to produce only stunning achievements; lovers of action manga and anime will seize upon this; a beautifully designed volume that’s as entertaining as it is informative; expect demand for Chast’s whimsical and helpful smorgasbord of urban goofiness

Israel in Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These Titles by Israeli Authors

With the first wave of Israeli writers emerging after the creation of the modern state of Israel in May 1948, these three authors especially helped to shape Israeli literary identity: Aharon Appelfeld, Amos Oz, and A.B. Yehoshua.