Eight Essential Memoirs from Barrymore, Cisneros, Fraser, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Barrymore, Drew. Wildflower. Dutton. Oct. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781101983799. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101983805. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR While 1990’s Little Girl Lost details Barrymore’s drug and alcohol abuse as a very young actress, this book covers the durable actress’s life since age 14, when she found herself living on her own. How it’s all come […]

Scholarly Metrics | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2015

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THESE DAYS, scholarly metrics are a high-stakes game and a lot of effort is being directed toward finding relevant and credible methods to assess and present scholarship.

Celebrating the 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Presented Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium, the 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes revealed the usual satisfying mix of titles that have already deservedly received praise and others that engaged readers will be glad to see get an extra boost. The poetry prize went to Claudia Rankine’s […]

Nobel Prize Winner Pamuk, Game of Thrones Martin, Shocking Houellebecq, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 3

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Campbell, Bonnie Jo. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories. Norton. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780393248456. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Campbell smashed into our consciousness with her terrific 2009 academic-press story collection, American Salvage, a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her subsequent novel, Once Upon a River, got big praise, too, but it’s […]

The Homesman, a “Polished” Jewel in the Crown, the Adult Film Industry, Fast Scans, & More | Video Reviews, April 15, 2015

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The Homesman is not like any other Western, an Emmy Award winner finally receives the digital makeover not accorded its 25th anniversary edition, first-time director Kezin’s odd but captivating and touching documentary.

Gabaldon Goes Outlandish, Joe Klein Returns, a Look at Clementine Churchill, & More | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Oct. 2015. Pt. 3

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Gabaldon, Diana. The Outlandish Companion Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Delacorte. Oct. 2015. 1008p. ISBN 9780385344449. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780440246459. LITERATURE Expecting that you’ll be in Droughtlander mode after whipping through the latest title […]

Chills from Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Scottoline, Stuart Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015. Pt. 3

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Belfoure, Charles. House of Thieves. Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781492617891. $25.99. THRILLER Like its author, whose recent The Paris Architect was a national best seller (catch the starred LJ review), the protagonist of this 1880s New York–set thriller is an architect, though he uses his knowledge in an unusual manner. To pay off […]

Luc Sante’s Paris, Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette, World War II Revisionism, & More | History & Biography Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 3

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Brown, Richard H. & Paul E. Cohen. Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755–1783. Norton. Oct. 2015. 160p. ISBN 9780393060324. $75. HISTORY When war broke out between Britain and its American colonies, surveyors, artists, and engravers rushed to capture the ever-changing topography of the various battlefields, thus providing important visual information for combatants—and an […]

Needle and Thread: Five Books To Refresh Your Collections | Wyatt’s World

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“Sewing” books range from dress patterns to appliqué, from needlepoint to embroidery. Here are five key titles that will update collections and please sewists of all kinds.

Sarah Addison Allen, John Vaillant, with Bios of Stonewall Jackson and the Equal Justice Initiative | Audiobook Reviews, April 15, 2015

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For Allen fans and others appreciative of quirky small towns and character-driven fare; a well-crafted biography canvassing Stonewall Jackson’s life; true stories from New Orleans; Vaillant’s masterly detail of the desperate life in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Get Your Free Ebook Copies of Brian Grazer’s A Curious Mind for National Library Week

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In another example of its expanding ebook outreach to libraries, Simon & Schuster announced that it will donate a free electronic copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to […]

From Night Vale to Elizabeth George, a Debut Worth $2 Million, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Oct. 2015, Pt. 2

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Fink, Joseph & Jeffrey Cranor. Welcome to Night Vale. HarperPerennial. Oct. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780062351425. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062351449. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Surely you’ve heard of Night Vale, that funky little town in the eponymous (and bubbling-over popular) podcast and touring show created by Fink and cowritten by him and Cranor. The library figures […]

Julian Barnes, James Bowen, Roger Lowenstein, David Talbot | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, October 2015, Pt. 2

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Barnes, Julian. Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781101874783. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781101874790. ART/ESSAYS Winner of a Man Booker Prize (among numerous other honors) and a best-selling author to boot, novelist Barnes here collects 17 of his essays on art. That’s not so unexpected, really, when you consider that […]

Top Mystery from Alexander McCall Smith, Ashley Weaver, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 2

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Alexander, Tasha. The Adventuress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250058263. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466876071. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In this latest in the New York Times best-selling series, following The Counterfeit Heiress, Lady Emily Hargreaves heads to the French Riviera (and who wouldn’t?) to attend the nuptials of her […]

Four Essential Sci/Med Titles from Tim Flannery, Lisa Randall, & More | Nonfiction Previews, October 2015, Pt. 2

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Flannery, Tim. Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780802124067. $27; ebk. ISBN9780802190925. NATURE Ten years ago, Flannery helped jump-start the conversation on climate change with The Weather Makers, a No. 1 international best seller that was named an ALA Notable Book and has over […]

Award Winner Alive Inside, Best Westerns, Winston Churchill Bio, New Trailers | Video Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Rossato-Bennett follows around Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, Inc.; the largely forgotten story of Winston Churchill’s fall from grace and subsequent rise to prominence; Clementine epitomizes the Code of the Old West

Issues & Controversies; Chilton Library | Reference eReviews, April 1, 2015

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The Issues & Controversies database will provide students with the building blocks for forming their own opinions; Chilton Library gives experts and novices the information to fulfill their automotive interests and needs.

Poetical Nonfiction: Five Books for National Poetry Month | Wyatt’s World

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Appreciating poetry often means looking beyond the poems themselves. Here are five nonfiction titles that explore the way the craft works, the lives of poets, and the meaning of verse in our lives and the world.

SYNC Free Audiobook Program Returns

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SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads—a current young adult title paired thematically with a classic or required summer reading title—each week to listeners ages 13-plus while SYNC is in session each summer. The SYNC program returns May 7  and runs for 14 weeks through August 13. YA titles include Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under […]

Judy Blume, Matthew Quick, & an Audio-Exclusive Tale from Stephen King | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

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Blume, Judy. In the Unlikely Event. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101914069. Read by Kathleen McInerney. In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, NJ, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was 15 and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes […]