The Debt Industry, Bonapartes & Kennedys, Berlin, Plus Pro Media, Best Travel, & More | Social Sciences Reviews

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A biography of Napoleon that stands apart from the rest, key concepts of copyright as they relate to academic libraries and higher education, sexual diversity in the German capital, the tragically short life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

The Furniture Bible, Wedding Dress, Design from Japan, the Hamptons | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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This fantastic go-to source for furniture care belongs in any public library, brides will find both inspiration and tips in Drinan’s guide, Graham explains the components that define Japanese art and design.

London’s Ottolenghi, Peternell’s Zeal for Simple, Vegan Holiday Foods | Cooking Reviews

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Ottolenghi’s latest doesn’t disappoint. Expect demand; Peternell teaches readers a fundamental cooking repertoire; the co-owners and executive chefs of New York City’s high-end vegan restaurant Candle Cafe share recipes.

Writers’ Lives, Jack O’Brien, Pushcart Prize XXXIX, & Lots Lots More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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Interviews with authors, performers, and thinkers for the New York Times Book Review’s recurring By the Book feature, O’Brien’s exuberant, charming account of his career, a continuation of the series’ classic tradition.

Depression & Gaming | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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As with all scary and mysterious things, one of the safest ways to examine depression is through art. Depression is a classic theme in books, poetry, and music, but it’s also a burgeoning concept in video games.

Freegal Advice | Music Matters

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Steve Kemple is a music librarian at the Cincinnati Public Library, which has subscribed to Freegal since 2011. He shares tips and tricks for navigating Freegal’s offerings.

Award Winners Cusk, King, Saramago | Fiction Reviews

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Cusk should be more familiar to American readers, and this novel is a solid start; King fans will rejoice that the horror master is back in fine form; Nobel Prize winner Saramago’s never-before-published first novel.

Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

Alexander’s Debut of the Month, Gibson, Marillier, Plus Series Lineup, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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Alexander’s debut is a horror novel to anticipate, Gibson gets more complicated, Marillier’s new series opener, set in ancient Ireland, echoes with fairy tales a just a hint of magic.

Historical Gems (Balogh, Bourne), Stunning Contemporary (Higgins), Holiday Hits (Burrowes, Novak) | Romance Reviews

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Small towns or cities, contemporary or historical, sweet or steamy, strictly realistic or graced with supernatural charm, there’s something here to match everyone’s tastes.

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