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 […]

Richard Blanco, Charles M. Blow, John Lahr, Brian Turner, Sheila Weller | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Blanco, Richard. Untitled Memoir. Ecco. Sept. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780062313768. $25.99. MEMOIR Blanco has won Agnes Starrett, Tom Gunn, Patterson, and PEN/American Beyond Margins honors for his poetry. What’s more, he was appointed the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay poet to receive that […]

Best-Selling Commercial Fiction from Ken Follett to Sherrilyn Kenyon to James Patterson | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Marco Effect. Dutton. Sept. 2014. 480p. ISBN 9780525954026. $27.95. THRILLER In the next Department Q story from Denmark’s top crime writer, also a New York Times best-selling author, Det. Carl Mørck and his colleagues get caught up in a missing-persons case that touches on 15-year-old Marco Jameson, in rebellion against his Gypsy […]

Interesting People from Chen Guangcheng to Bob Dylan to Pat O’Brien | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 4

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Callahan, Maureen. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion. Touchstone. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781451640533. $26. FASHION Style and pop culture journalist Callahan offers a history of fashion in the 1990s, when mere glamor morphed into culturally significant cutting-edge artistry, touching on dozens of personalities but using […]

Reading for National Craft Month | Wyatt’s World

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Celebrate crafting and all manner of do-it-yourself creativity

Veronica Mars | Pop Culture Advisory

What fans of Veronica Mars should read and watch after the movie

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