LJ Reference Reviews: September 1, 2016

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From a Critical Survey of Young Adult Literature to Great Lives from History: American Women to Gun Politics in America, and a useful ACI Scholarly Blog Index for academic libraries

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 1, 2016

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The Birth of a Dream, an autobiographical masterpiece; Citizen Steinbeck; Curtis Mayfield; poets Armantrout and Pinsky; plus Hahn’s view of U.S. imperial ambitions, histories of Vietnam and the Caliphate; Table Manners; and books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2016

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Immersive stories of healing & faith from Griep, Rubart, Stevenson; debuter Bennett is sophisticated & nuanced, Donoghue startlingly rewarding; short fiction for fall; Holm’s Red Right Hand is a real thrill ride

Stories of Families | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2016

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Debuter Wagers’s fast-paced, twisty space opera; Neill continues to prove she is adept at worldbuilding and nonstop action; Roberson’s series launch will appeal to any thriller fan; gripping and occasionally brutal, Shaw’s survival story highlights both the best and worst in humanity

Native American History, Global Meals, the Middle East, U.S. Presidencies | Reference Short Takes, August 2016

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A thoughtful, inspiring compendium for Native American studies collections; a tasty roundup of global meal rituals; a sobering, authoritative briefing on a “zone of turmoil”; a timely update dedicated to the concept of modern presidency

It’s All About the Game | Romance Reviews, August 2016

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For the love of the game, or, for the game of love—sports-themed romance from Angell, Bowen, Kern, Phillips, and Scott, plus stars for Bradley, Byrne, Dodd, and MacLean, whose stories captivate from beginning to end.

Professional Media | Social Science Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Three titles that make for essential reading for beginning and veteran library professionals

Fowl Treatment | Science & Technology Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Two titles detailing how the chicken has become one of the staples of the American diet, succeeding beef as the protein of choice for millions across the nation, and the pros and cons of the animal production industry.

A Running Start | The Reader’s Shelf, August 1, 2016

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Running competitions are the most elemental of Olympic events, with a pedigree dating back to the Classical Games and ­Pheidippides’s legendary trek from Marathon to Athens. Readers seeking to immerse themselves in the lore and feel of the sport have a wealth of titles to choose from that will sweep them up into Rudyard Kipling’s “unforgiving minute” filled “with sixty seconds of distance run.”

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.