Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

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Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

Seductive Teens | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A perfectly-paced novel that breathes new life into the well-worn tropes of young seduction, romantic obsession, and affluence; a well-written but bleak novel about teenage friendship and the emotional land mines of high school

Homes for Moms | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2016

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An interesting novel that explores the history of Melbourne through the eyes of a series of single mothers; a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics; an absorbing modern family saga about a 48-year-old Indian-American woman who becomes a surrogate with her younger lover

Garenq’s “Financial Thriller,” Sollett, Meyerhoff, & Newcomers Morano, Piet | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, April 15, 2016

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A true incident that had far-reaching political fallout; Sollett’s big-screen drama rises above its made-for-TV aesthetics; Meyerhoff’s visually arresting feature debut mixes old-school Super-8 and 16mm film; Piet has crafted a sneakily suspenseful low-key thriller

Puzzle It Out | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2016

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The popularity of mobile games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush has shown that simple-to-learn puzzle play can be a powerful tool for bringing video games to the masses.

Environmental Studies | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2016

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IN THE WAKE OF the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change, aka COP21, held in Paris, we look at several comprehensive full-text resources geared toward the research efforts of environmentalists, policymakers, activists, and students.

Sketching People, Hand Drawn Lettering, Timber Framing, Homemade Skin Products | Crafts & DIY Reviews, May 1, 2016

sketching people

An invaluable manual from an Urban Sketcher on how to sketch people and faces; an unusual guide that handwriting fans, calligraphy dabblers, and letter buffs of all ages and abilities will enjoy; an excellent book on timber frame construction; an essential source for homemade herbal products, and more crafts & DIY books

Shakespeare’s First Folio | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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Two exceptional explorations of Shakespeare’s First Folio, considered by some to be the most important English literature book in history

Continental Design | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A visual feast of weaving, pattern, and adornment that will delight those interested in textiles, fashion, and ­African culture; an extraordinary work on floral patterns from India for students of art and design, art history and design history, and enthusiasts of India and Indian culture

Instant Photos | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A history of Polaroid and how it changed photography; a collection of stunning images taken from a iPhone camera