Books for the Bounty | Wyatt’s World

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Help patrons find new vegetable-centered cookbooks, from Root to Leaf to The Broad Fork, readers will feel At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

McCullough’s Wright Brothers Take Flight | RA Crossroads

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Blending social history, scientific innovation, and dual biography, McCullough offers a resonating account of American invention, hard work, and determination.

PolicyMap, Bloomsbury Collections, and Statista | Reference eReviews, May 15, 2015

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PolicyMap is recommended at the right price; a new user of the Bloomsbury Collections may need some training from a librarian; Statista, an easy-to-use source of statistical information, focuses its marking on academic users and corporations

Adults Only | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, May 15, 2015

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Game night at the library can be adults-only while still being safe, clean, and welcoming to all. Offering adults-only gaming programs will only make your patrons more diverse, more trusting, and more enthusiastic.

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

BEA Finale: Galley Guide Registration, Key Day of Dialog Speakers, and Speed Dating with ReadingGroupGuides.com

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The 2015 BEA Galley & Signing Guide arrives this week! If you’re coming to BEA, the guide should help you navigate the show floor. And even if you’re not, it offers an overview of the forthcoming books that publishers are most excited in pushing. Register here now. Meanwhile, some announcements if you are coming to […]

Ann Morgan’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe

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In conjunction with a roundup of ten key fiction-in-translation titles I will feature in LJ 6/1/15, I was able to interview Ann Morgan, author of this month’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe (Liveright: Norton). Morgan’s book highlights both the pleasure of reading beyond our own language (from Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero in […]

Fairy Tales from Cunningham, Murder from Eco, an American Qur’an, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt . 2

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Alarcón, Daniel (text) & Sheila Alvarado (illus.). City of Clowns. Riverhead. Nov. 2015. 144p. ISBN 9781594633331. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168688. GRAPHIC NOVEL Fans (like me) of Alarcón, a New Yorker “20 Under 40” author whose Lost City Radio won the 2009 International Literature Award, will be intrigued to learn about this graphic-novel version of a […]

Justin Cartwright, Andrus Kivirähk, & Beatriz Williams Give History a Twist | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cartwright, Justin. Up Against the Night. Bloomsbury USA. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781632860187. $27. LITERARY This latest from Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (Lion Heart) features Frank McAllister, who’s none too pleased to be descended from Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek. Though Afrikaner legend paints him as a hero, Frank feels otherwise. […]

Kennedys and Johnsons: Three Fresh Takes | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Caroli, Betty. Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. S. & S. Nov. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781439191224. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781439191248. BIOGRAPHY Some folks say that Lyndon Baines Johnson married Lady Bird for her money and treated her badly. But not Caroli, who here portrays Lady Bird as […]

Literary Hub: Finding and Creating the Best Book Talk on the Web

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With the launch of Literary Hub, the brainchild of Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of independent house Grove Atlantic, lovers of smart, upmarket reading finally got the website they’ve been waiting for: one that offers a daily dose of thought-sparking essays, excerpts from newly published titles, and a curated roundup of the best book talk […]

The Last of Hijuelos, New Fiction by Albom & Allende, & Major History by Beevor, Kershaw, & Sebestyen | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Harper. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062294418. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062294425. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Albom writes spiritually engaged work, from Tuesdays with Morrie, said to be the world’s best-selling memoir ever, to The First Phone Call from Heaven, his latest No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel. […]

Six Novels from Mega-Best-Selling Authors | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Guilty. Grand Central. Nov. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455586424. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586417. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586394. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Third in the Will Robie series, The Target was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Now the deadly CIA assassin is back for another round of bullets, though who knows […]

Cultural Conversations, from The New Yorker to Film to St. Mark’s Place | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Calhoun, Ada. St. Marks Is Dead : The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Norton. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780393240382. $27.95. SOCIAL SCIENCE St. Mark’s Place, in lower Manhattan, occupies only three blocks, but in the intellectual life of the country it occupies a much grander space. Starting out as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear […]

Survival and Rescue | Wyatt’s World

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The bravery, luck, resourcefulness, and generosity of individuals facing extraordinarily difficult circumstances—personal, cultural, and natural—have long fascinated readers. Here are five titles to suggest to fans of the genre.

African American Newspapers; Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences | Reference eReviews, May 1, 2015

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AAN is invaluable to African American studies’ scholars, as well as researchers in American history and political studies; the titles in the Colloquium collection could serve as excellent resources for upper-level undergraduate or graduate classes.

Comedy Classics: It Happened One Night and Tootsie, with Jeeves and Wooster, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newly restored ­reissues cement One Night and Tootsie in the comedy pantheon; Jeeves and Wooster, practically perfect in every way; Vera will hold readers’ attention right up to the last scene.

Maeve Binchy’s Times, Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide, True Crime from Journalist Leovy | Audiobook Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newspaper columns from throughout Binchy’s tenure at The Irish Times; when it comes to books on SEALs, Courtley is the real deal; Leovy’s debut Ghettoside paints a compelling picture of life in south Los Angeles

Two North Korean Memoirs, a Challenge to Fracking, Ted Koppel on Cyberattack Unpreparedness, & More | More Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Briggle, Adam. A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking: How One Texas Town Stood Up to Big Oil and Gas. Liveright: Norton. Oct. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781631490071. $26.95. SCIENCE/ENERGY Yes, philosophy professors can go activist, as Briggle did when he moved to Denton, TX, to teach at the University of North Texas. He quickly became an […]