A Life Under Fire | Collection Development: Military Memoirs

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Authors ranging from veterans of famous conflicts past to modern combatants, reminiscences of battlefield experiences express boredom and loneliness, brutality and compassion, violence and love. These 31 titles will enhance any collection.

LJ Media Reviews: January 1, 2016

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Audio fiction from Brizzi, Forsyth, Ostlund; nonfiction from Brownstein, Kaling, Rhimes; starred video reviews of A Place To Call Home, Seymour, The Last Impresario, Empyting the Skies, plus new Fast Scans

Inspiring Ideas from Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine | RA Crossroads

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Nearly 30 years after Stewart’s first book on weddings wowed readers with its lavish content, a slimmed down, elegant but no less extravagant new title makes its appearance.

Best Media 2015: DVDs

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LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick’s annual best-of list cites five titles in each of four categories for a score of films you won’t want to miss

Final Downton Abbey, Gilda, Girls, Learning To Drive | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray

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Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, again; a season to end all seasons; Rita Hayworth at her “sizzling” best; growing up and moving away; an unlikely friendship, with Patricia Clarkson at the wheel

Women’s Words | LJ Reviews

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A reminder of both how far we’ve come as women and how far we still need to go; 15 women and their stories light up the stage with sparkle and swagger

Scenes from Scandinavia | LJ Reviews

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Viewers of police drama will find The Bridge riveting, only meager laughs in Welcome to Sweden

Two from Jacquot, The Black Stallion, Manglehorn, and Mr. Holmes | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks, December 1, 2015

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Jacquot’s particular exploration of French culture may be best appreciated by serious film fans and/or Francophiles; Ballard transcends “kid flick” and appeals to all ages; a slowly building Manglehorn that ultimately unlocks its virtues

LJ Media Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Audio fiction from Gottlieb, Higgins, Penny, Stradal; nonfiction on song production, medicine, grammar and God. Starred films, from Indian Summers to Glen Campbell to the final season of Downton Abbey

Truffaut’s Day for Night, Two Soviet Documentaries, Wigon’s Debut, & More | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

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Filmmaker Truffaut’s beautifully restored love letter to the cinema, two historically significant Soviet feature documentaries, New York singles find love via the social network, a riveting political thriller, a parent’s decades-long quest for justice