Steve J. Martin on The Small Big | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Steve J. Martin is the director of Influence at Work in the United Kingdom; his work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wired. He is the coauthor, with Robert B. […]

Historical Gems (Balogh, Bourne), Stunning Contemporary (Higgins), Holiday Hits (Burrowes, Novak) | Romance Reviews

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Small towns or cities, contemporary or historical, sweet or steamy, strictly realistic or graced with supernatural charm, there’s something here to match everyone’s tastes.

Essential Chillers from Iles, Indridason, Locke, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Brennan, Allison. Compulsion. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250035028. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035035. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even […]

From the Vietnam War to LGBT Rights | History & Current Events Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Blehm, Eric. Legend: A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret’s Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines. Crown. Apr. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780804139519. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780804139526. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. BIOGRAPHY/MILITARY In 2012’s Fearless, Blehm chronicled SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown’s moment of supreme sacrifice […]

U.S. History, October 2014 | Best Sellers

January 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

The City of Lights: Paris in Books | The Reader’s Shelf

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Paris seems a perfect destination for an in-place journey—language barriers fall aside, time periods pose little problem, and the nuances of the intoxicating city are revealed in all their glory.

Best Science Journalism, Recreational Mathematics, Hope for Sufferers of Ongoing Pain | Science & Technology Reviews

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A carefully curated collection deserving of a place on the shelves of libraries serving the scientifically curious, a mathematician and stand-up comic takes the reader on an entertaining voyage through many recreational topics.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.

Cooking, October 2014 | Best Sellers

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Blender girls, vegans and flexitarians, and eggs, oh, my!

Young and Hot: The National Book Foundation’s 2014 5 Under 35 Honorees

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Last week, in a special arrangement with BuzzFeed Books (because why not do something fun and different?), the National Book Foundation announced its 2014 5 Under 35 honorees. Past honorees include Nam Le, Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, and Paul Yoon, so it pays to attend carefully to these authors. This year’s group includes […]

Voxgov; GeoScienceWorld eBook Collections | Reference eReviews

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Voxgov provides access to “unfiltered original source news, media, and information from all branches of the U.S. federal government….” An ebook platform that covers the breadth of the geoscience disciplines

Fiction from Elizabeth Berg, Alexander McCall Smith, Kimberly McCreight, Per Petterson, & Amanda Quick; Memoirs from Philip Glass & Judith Miller | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 1

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Berg, Elizabeth. The Dream Lover. Random. Apr. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780812993158. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679644705. HISTORICAL Berg, a library favorite—her Durable Goods and Joy School were both selected as ALA Best Books of the Year—does something completely different here. She offers a fictionalized account of the famous French novelist George Sand, reimagining her decidedly unconventional […]

Dickey, Dilloway, Macomber, & More | Big Commercial Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 1

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Brackston, Paula. The Silver Witch. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250028792. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028808. HISTORICAL/PARANORMAL In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his […]

Essential Biographies of Abraham Lincoln, James Merrill, Isamu Noguchi, Joseph Mitchell, & Billy Martin | Nonfiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 1

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Blumenthal, Sidney. A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1854. S. & S. Apr. 2015. 608p. ISBN 9781476777252. $32.50. BIOGRAPHY A veteran reporter, former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Blumenthal offers the first of a three-volume study of President Abraham Lincoln as a […]

Nonfiction Takes the Cake: From Middle East History to Memoir to Physics for Poets | Audiobook Reviews

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Recommend Bird’s The Good Spy for students of Middle East and late 20th-century history, Brierly’s Long Way Home to memoir listeners, and for erudite, lifelong learners Kouzes’s Physics for Poets.

Caitlin Doughty | LibraryReads Author

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Q&A with September LibraryReads top vote getter Caitlin Doughty

How To Mix Colors, Make Comics, Understand Knitting, Inspire Ideas, & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews

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A guide to develop and sharpen color skills, easy-yet-elegant projects will appeal to holiday crafters, The Creative Woodturner pushes the envelope of traditional wood turning, a fun collection of holiday designs

Poet Boland Masters Language, A History of Western Music Notation, Interviews with Joni Mitchell, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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A superb poetry collection not to be missed, full of exquisite language, music, knowledge and emotion; Kelly’s subject has bedeviled music students for generations; a valuable portrayal of an enduring artist.

Stars for Connelly’s New Procedural, Heiny’s Debut, and Robertson’s Complex Historical | Fiction Reviews

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Connelly pens an intricate and fascinating procedural, talented Heiny offers essential reading for short story and fiction lovers, Paris in Winter is a sure bet and most likely the next big hit of any book discussion group

Bird on the Origins of the Gospels, A Guide to Jewish Holidays, Turner’s American God | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

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A perfect fit for seminary libraries, religious leaders, and scholars; Jewish seekers and religious leaders will be attracted to Falk’s book; Our Great Big American God should be read with care by Christians across denominations.

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