Baking Is Back | Wyatt’s World

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To the delight of many, PBS’s The Great British Baking Show returns for its third season. Celebrate and connect with readers by diving into the stacks and putting your best baking books on display. Here are a few new works to consider as well.

Books That Buzzed | ALA Annual 2016

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Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Alan Moore’s Jerusalem. Brit Bennett’s The Mothers and Nathan Hill’s The Nix. Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty and Anna Snoekstra’s Only Daughter. Jonathan Rabb’s Among the Living and Robert Hicks’s The Orphan Mother. Patrick Phillips’s Blood at the Root and Beth Macy’s Truevine. Many of the books that buzzed […]

Eliot Ackerman, Han Kang, Mark Kurlansky, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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Ackerman, Elliot. Dark at the Crossing. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101947371. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947388. LITERARY A Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ackerman is among the soldier-writers who have returned home to give us a considered view of the fighting. He’s […]

Rising Stars | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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Barkan, Josh. Mexico: Stories. Hogarth: Crown. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781101906293. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781101906309. SHORT STORIES What do you do when a drug lord walks into your restaurant? Or when a parent walks into your classroom and threatens to kill you if his son falls for the wrong girl? These are some of the […]

Obama, Russian Bears, & Banking | Current Events Previews, Jan. 2017, Pt. 1

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D’Antonio, Michael. A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250081391. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893276. POLITICAL SCIENCE Part of a Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize, D’Antonio is the author of numerous books, most recently Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success (which the […]

Andrew Carnegie Medals | ALA Annual 2016

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On Saturday, June 25, at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Orlando, the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were given to two winners originally announced at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book & Media Awards Ceremony & Reception at ALA Midwinter. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the fiction medal for his debut novel, The Sympathizer (Grove), a visceral account of a South Vietnamese double agent posted to America after Saigon’s fall, and Sally Mann won the nonfiction medal for her formally ambitious Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown).

Domestic Drama, Ingrid Bergman, Woman in the Dunes, & More | Trailers: What’s New on DVD/Blu-ray, July 1, 2016

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The Affair returns for a second season; Welles’s rendition of Dinesen’s The Immortal Story; Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words; 1960s Britain; Mother’s Day with Aniston and Roberts

Women’s Rights, Women’s Lives | Video Reviews, July 1, 2016

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Women’s studies and civil rights scholars will find Reflections Unheard essential viewing; the Women of ’69 are a must-have

Lean/Coward’s “Brief Encounter,” Frankenheimer’s Manchurian Candidate, an Oscar-Nominated “Bedouin Western,” & More | Fast Scans, July 1, 2016

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David Lean collaborates with playwright Noel Coward to produce a heartbreaking drama; I, Anna, a seductive film noir; Oscar-nominated Angela Lansbury radiates chills in The Manchurian Candidate; an exciting disaster flick, well grounded in reality

The Year in Music (So Far) | Music Matters, July 1, 2016

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Though we’ve lost far too many musical icons this year already, 2016 has also been an amazing year for new music.

Aliens Among Us: The Gender Gap in SF | SELF-esteem

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The first sf book I remember [reading] features a female engine mechanic, Lieutenant Lily, who “loves the big machines” and is the best shot on her spaceship’s crew—she’s also a frog. On my frequent library visits, I’d plunder the children’s section for more silly space adventures like Jane Yolen’s Commander Toad. As my reading advanced, however, I realized Lieutenant Lily was an endangered species. Although my parents and librarians found dozens of wonderful books with plucky heroines (no mean task in the 1990s, before YA became a publishing craze), there seemed to be a black hole on the sf shelf. Why did females, as characters or as authors, seem so rare in these stories?

Summer Listens | Wyatt’s World

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Round out audiobook month with a selection of summer listens—aural experiences perfect for taking a road trip, lounging the afternoon away, or sunning on a beach.

Arts in Education | Video Reviews, June 15, 2016

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An outstanding chronicle of teaching, learning, and creating high-quality collaborative art; an essential purchase for any dance or arts advocacy collection, PS Dance will be enjoyed as well by a general audience

Last Chance To Grab Your 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

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If you’re heading to the American Library Association conference in Orlando this week, don’t forget to take along the 2016 ALA Galley & Signing Guide, whether as a download or a printout. There is one important addendum to the guide: Patrick Phillips will be signing Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, on […]

Missy Franklin, Siri Hustvedt, Dava Sobel | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2106, Pt. 3

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Franklin, Missy & others. Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion. Dutton. Dec. 2016.320p. ISBN 9781101984925. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101984932. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR Having won five medals—including four golds—at the London Olympics, Franklin will be one of the highest-profile members of the U.S. Olympics team in Rio this summer. Meanwhile, she’s just gone […]

Last of the Year’s Pop Fiction | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Clement, Blaize & John Clement. The Cat Sitter and the Canary: A Dixie Hemingway Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250051172. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466852037. MYSTERY In the 11th installment of the pet-sitting Dixie Hemingway mysteries, written since Blaize’s death by her son John, Dixie and her Lhasa apso buddy, Charlie, go to […]

Octopuses, Evolution, and the Roosevelts | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 3

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Godfrey-Smith, Peter. Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Farrar. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780374227760. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374712808. SCIENCE A professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Sydney, Godfrey-Smith is also a […]

Audio Only | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate audiobook month with an intriguing format—audio only. Written to be heard rather than read, these works offer listeners uniquely transporting experiences.

Sugar, Fat, & Flavor | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Lohman, Sarah. Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. S. & S. Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781476753959. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476753980. COOKING As a historical gastronomist, Lohman has worked her way through cookbooks, manuscripts, and various economic, scientific, political, and religious tracts dating from the 1700s to understand what’s cooking in America. And despite […]

Block Collects Stories Inspired by Hopper Paintings & More | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

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Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Pegasus. Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781681772455. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Thrillmeister Block here collects 17 newly commissioned stories written in response to Edward Hopper’s moody, sometimes desolate paintings. The authors include Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, […]