LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2016

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The demand for Fire should encourage expedited acquisition; listeners who appreciate strong storytelling, family sagas, island settings, will relish Nunez’s Even in Paradise; fans of Gillian Anderson will Fall hard for this British detective series

LJ Fiction Reviews: October 1, 2016

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Scotland is a bonny setting for Colgan’s funny, winsome Bookshop on the Corner; Coover channels the humor and wit of Twain; Gilligan is in new territory examining Ireland’s Jewish community; fresh fiction in translation; debuter Littlejohn writes with assurance and skill; fans will relish Zahradnik’s gritty, powerful crime novel

Gayle Forman | LibraryReads Author, September 15, 2016

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In Gayle Forman’s Leave Me, a delicious, on-the-mark story of contemporary parenting and one woman’s learning to appreciate herself, readers will readily identify with Maribeth, but is her desperation the classic parent’s bind or something more particular?

Altes/Fishs, Beaumont, Clowes, Cornell/Parker, Girard, Jackson, Schulz | Graphic Novels Reviews, September 15, 2016

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Altes’s inventive dialog effectively juxtaposes outrageousness with hyperacademic geekery; Jackson will get readers thinking about causes and effects of our actions; Shaw will resonate with readers interested in the pop culture fan world

Encaustic Art, Bead Sparkle, Leathercraft, Kid’s Play, Lingerie Design, Vern Yip | Crafts & DIY Reviews, September 15, 2016

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Aristides guides readers through centuries-old methods of painting realistic images; attractive designs that explore the possibilities of leatherwork; adventurous knitters will be drawn to Jurgrau’s exquisite lace designs; Powell provides a wealth of information for home sewists

Popular Mexican, Asian “Fusion,” Classic French, Low-Calorie, Potato Everything, & More | Cooking Reviews, September 15, 2016

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A satisfying combination of autobiography and popular Mexican foods; a well-­executed baking book; Iyer’s potato cookbook is brimming with fresh ideas; Lin’s outstanding first book can help home bakers expand their repertoire and think more creatively

The Future of Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, September 15, 2016

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While video game evolution has reached something of an equilibrium, there are still many places to go. Let’s take a look at what games, gamers, and gaming have to look forward to in the future.

Q&A: Kathleen Donohoe | Debut Spotlight, September 15, 2016

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Kathleen Donohoe’s debut novel, Ashes of Fiery Weather, offers a bold look at six generations of captivating women in an Irish American family of firefighters living in Brooklyn. Here, she answers questions on everything from her favorite characters to the facts behind her ­fiction.

Big Picture 2016: Ten Photography Titles To Pore Over

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A valuable reference that will delight those interested in photojournalism; an exceptional and unusual example of documentary photography; The Blind Photographer on the nature of photography and of vision itself

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Embracing Differences | Designing the Future

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Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize– and Carnegie Medal–winning author of The Sympathizer, on the future of diverse literature—taking the “norm” out of our literary value system.