Shame, Stuffication, and Doing Good | Social Science Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brown, Brené. Mapping Brave. Spiegel & Grau. Mar. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780812995824. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812995831. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SELF-HELP A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brown studies issues of vulnerability and shame—which leads her directly to this book’s subject, bravery, both what it is and how we […]

Fashionable Reading | Wyatt’s World

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From the image-rich and detailed Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the quirky and eclectic Worn Stories

Back to School : Classics Worth a Second Read | The Reader’s Shelf

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Consider building a display of classic titles that your patrons might have, shall we say, skimmed the first time around.

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, Barnosky on Extinction, Dealing with Dementia, & More | Science & Technology Reviews

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Written for the general public, Aptowicz’s book will be of great interest to large public libraries; a superior synthesis of recent research from many scientific disciplines; Emlen’s excellent writing will draw in readers intrigued by astonishingly powerful weapons.

“Reconstructing” the Civil War

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From Lincoln’s Gamble and the era’s photography and laws to After Lincoln to the lives of Embattled Rebels and daredevil heroes

Business Leadership Roundup

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Advice from the trenches for newbies and seasoned pros

Human Rights & the Law, What Led to the American Revolution, Reference in School Libraries, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

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A sure-fire movie prospect for readers interested in human rights, the environment, and the law; “how and why the government in London permitted” the American Revolution to happen; a handy overview of reference and information literacy services and resources

Birdhouses with Broad Appeal, Handmade Furniture, Double Knitting, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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These birdhouses, feeders, and baths could be easily constructed by younger hobbyists, not just adults; Handmade Furniture is a solid choice where the serious woodworker needs something different; advanced knitters will embrace Double Knitting

Neo-Impressionist Art, A Love Letter to Gatsby, Coco Chanel Bio, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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A beautiful, scholarly, yet accessible book that’s not only a catalog but a pioneering work, So We Read On is bursting with intellectual energy and fun facts, a highly readable biography secures a prominent place among countless books on Chanel

A Personal Jack Reacher, Popular Broadchurch, Ryan’s Jane Ryland Is Back, & Lots Lots More | Fiction Reviews

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Longtime fans of the irresistible “Jack Reacher” series won’t be disappointed, Kelly’s unusual novelization stands on its own, Ryan’s novel packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance, a noir offering that escapes the limits of formula fiction.

Lee, McDonough, Parks’s Debut of the Month, Holiday Titles | Christian Fiction Reviews

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Lee builds a dramatic and unforgettable portrait of an intriguing woman, McDonough’s well-rounded, sympathetically drawn characters feel like old friends, Parks’s action-packed and compelling tale of suspense is haunting in its intensity.

Elaine Stritch, Women’s Health, Coney Island History, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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Not a tribute but an excellent warts-and-all revelation of a massive talent and ego, a revolutionary way of doing business and an odyssey of female empowerment, the first eight titles in Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line make their high-def debuts

STARZ Outlander | RA Crossroads

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With misty rain, the swirl of a kilt, and eye contact that speaks volumes, the STARZ series holds the promise of converting a new set of viewers into devoted Diana Gabaldon fans.

Q&A: Tosca Lee

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Lee, author of The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen, talks to LJ about her latest project, which explores the life of Bilqis, the mysterious ruler who matched wits with King Solomon and who today holds a place in Ethiopian oral tradition and women’s history.

Reading Out Summer | Wyatt’s World

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Get ready for one last reading extravaganza of summer books—from why Almond is Against Football to Penny’s beautifully set Long Way Home to Straub’s wry and delightful Vacationers

Appreciating Ambient | Music Matters

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Ambient is music (or, more accurately, harmonic sound) without any vocals, lyrics, beats, grooves, song structure, or linear movement.

The Audiobookmobile hits the road!

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The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners. APA president Michele Cobb explains that the “Audiobookmobile seemed like a […]

Moving Reading Beyond the Page | Wyatt’s World

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From inside the walls of Dr. Mütter’s Marvels to a Rendez-vous with Art to Under the Wild Sky

Charles Baxter, Sara Blaedel, Nick Hornby, Reif Larsen, Peter Swanson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

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Baxter, Charles. There’s Something I Want You To Do. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 240p. ISBN 9781101870013. $24; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781101870020. SHORT STORIES A National Book Award nominee for The Feast of Love, Baxter returns with his first story collection in 15 years. Piercingly elegant, as always, the stories are divided into two sections, one embodying […]

Great Book Club Books from Kate Alcott, Tom McCarthy, Tatjana Soli, & More | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

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Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385539043. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780385539050. CD: Random Audio. HISTORICAL How fun is this? Alcott, author of the New York Times best-selling The Dressmaker, has written a big, sprawling novel about the filming of Gone with the Wind, with a side trip to the boiling-over […]

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