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The BFD picks of December include a detective novel set in the afterlife; a book of poetic short stories all about faraway conflicts; three nonfiction titles about teamwork, heroism, and how far being nice can get you; a lifelong Sasquatch hunt; and Matt Sumell’s wicked rockin’ debut novel.

Year-End Extravaganza: Top 11 Books of 2014 | Books for Dudes

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Douglas Lord picks the top 11 dudely books of 2014.

Books on Books for the Giving Season | Wyatt’s World

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From Novel Interiors to Novel Living, these five offerings will inspire the imagination.

Russian Reading | Wyatt’s World

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There seems to be a sudden flurry of books about Russia right now. From Limonov to Stalin, these five titles attest to epic journeys, lives, and a country’s past and present.

Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library | RA Crossroads

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Libraries become dangerous places in Murakami’s dark fairy tale of an unnamed boy imprisoned by a librarian intent on devouring his brain. Adding to the disquiet is Chip Kidd’s deft production and design. A brief and eerie ode to the most forbidding expressions of the Brothers Grimm.

The Countdown Ends in Your Kitchen: Home Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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From Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Fast and Cowin’s Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen to the playbook for Dinner, these cookbooks will teach you how to prepare a delicious meal.

Regional Foodways: Travel by Way of Skillet, Dutch Oven, or Oyster Knife | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five titles that offer the twin pleasures of travel and food—and perhaps a gentle nudge to try something brand new this Thanksgiving (more than one book includes a recipe using pumpkins).

Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

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Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

Cookbook Countdown: Baking | Wyatt’s World

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For those who want either to move beyond the pumpkin or pecan pie or simply learn to bake better before tackling a new version, these five books will both instruct and inspire.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

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