Cooking Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Robin Asbell’s Gluten-Free Pasta; Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Table; Lisa Fain’sThe Homesick Texan’s Table; and more reviews from the March 15 issue.

Laird Hunt, Laila Lalami, Ben Lerner, Joseph O’Neill, Christos Tsiolkas | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Hunt, Laird. Neverhome. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780316370134. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316370127. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316370158. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his previous novel, Kind One, and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award, Hunt is a real writer’s writer poised for breakout with this […]

Wendy Davis, Dana Goldstein, Steven Pinker, Terry Pratchett, Tavis Smiley | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Davis, Wendy. Untitled Memoir. Blue Rider. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780399170577. $27.95. MEMOIR/POLITICS A women’s rights heroine for her nearly 11-hour filibuster to block a bill that aimed to close all but five abortion clinics in Texas, Texas state senator Wendy Davis is equally famed for being a single mom who eventually got herself into […]

Literary Gems (e.g., Nancy Huston, Brian Morton) and Some Major Debuts | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Adcock, Siobhan. The Barter. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780525954224. $26.95. LITERARY In present-day Texas, Bridget feels a certain emptiness after giving up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter—and a certain anxiousness because she alone senses that an alien presence has entered the house. A century before, a bride from the city […]

From Lincoln’s Gamble to Eichmann Before Jerusalem | History Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Brewster, Todd. Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War. Scribner. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781451693867. $27. HISTORY Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Brewster chronicles the six months from July 12, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln first asserted that he would […]

Marshmallow Tests and Swimming Puppies | More Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 5

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Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Gotham. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781592408702. $27.50. BIOGRAPHY/MEDICINE Whether you know it or not, you are deeply indebted to Thomas Dent Mütter, a plastic surgeon in mid-19th-century Philadelphia who pioneered the use of anesthesia and the sterilization […]

Top Foreign & Indie Picks | Fast Scans

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Jean-Marc Vallee’s expressionistic meditation on obsessive love; Martin Scorsese’s restored versions of seldom seen but important films; the second of Michaelangelo Antonioni’s “alienation trilogy”; Stuart Blumberg proves adept behind the lens; an escape from the slums of Havana in Lucy Mulloy’s feature-film debut

Ticket To Ride | Games, Gamers, & Gaming

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A great game for beginners. With an adventurous theme, Ticket To Ride leads to conversations about economics and exploration, it’s also an incredible learning tool that sparks discussion and encourages inquiry.

Deborah Layton & Kathe Mazur | Behind the Mic

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Author Deborah Layton and narrator Kathe Mazur discuss the new audiobook version of Seductive Poison.

The Business & Pleasure of Comics | Wyatt’s World

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Text and art, the complete package; five new titles to suggest to your patrons

Graphic Novel Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Get in the ring with Schechter and Clarke’s Mendoza the Jew; chuckle along with Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?; experience the rise and fall of Stephenson, Bellegarde & Jordie’s Nowhere Men; nine reviews from the March 15 issue

Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Rjurik Davidson’s Unwrapped Sky, Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor, Adam Christopher’s The Burning Dark, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Video Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Birth of the Living Dead, Life Is a Saxophone, Rising from Ashes, Cutie and the Boxer, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Fiction Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Amy Bloom’s Lucky Us, Michael Cunningham’s The Snow Queen, Peter Matthiessen’s In Paradise, Jenny Milchman’s Ruin Falls, Mary Hogan’s Two Sisters, Therese Walsh’s The Moon Sisters, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Audio Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory, Deborah Layton’s Seductive Poison, Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, Spencer Quinn’s A Fistful of Collarsand The Sound and the Furry, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Alex Beam’s American Crucifixion, Patricia A. DeMaio’s Garden of Dreams, Maxine Kumin’s And Short the Season, Turner Classic Movies & Richard Corliss’s Mom in the Movies, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Social Sciences Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Nomi Prins All the Presidents’ Bankers, Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration, Karyn L. Freedman’s One Hour in Paris, Astra Taylor’s The People’s Platform, Harry Fisch’s The New Naked, Anne O. Nomis’s The History & Arts of the Dominatrix, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Science & Technology Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Bruce Grierson’s What Makes Olga Run?, Jennifer Senior’s All Joy and No Fun, Andy Vernon’s The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias, Steven Masley’s The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, Cynthia Thaik’s Your Vibrant Heart, Anna Blessing’s Locally Brewed, Steve Hindy’s The Craft Beer Revolution, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Hot Galleys at the Public Library Association Conference

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Publishers at the recently wrapped Public Library Association conference report that most of their galleys had been carted off by attendees at show’s end, but some galleys stood out for the speed with which they departed the booth. It’s hardly surprising that copies of Gabrille Zevin’s top LibraryReads pick, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry […]

Margaret Atwood, Robert Bennett Jackson, Tana French, Emily St. John Mandel, T. Jefferson Parker, Merritt Tierce | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept 2014, Pt. 4

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Atwood, Margaret. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Doubleday. Sept. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780385539128. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Of the nine stories featured in Atwood’s first collection since 2006’s Moral Disorder, only three have been previously published. The feel is generally witty and somewhat outré; a woman with a genetic abnormality is assumed to be a vampire, a […]

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