Best Books 2012: Poetry

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Greenbaum, Jessica. The Two Yvonnes. Princeton Univ. (Series of Contemporary Poets). ISBN 9780691156620. $29.95; pap. ISBN 9780691156637. $12.95. While Greenbaum finds it “odd that just one key/ let me in my front door/ and into my life every day,” her fluidly, even propulsively written second collection is itself a splendid key to everyday experience. (LJ 10/1/12) […]

Best Books 2012: Spiritual Living

My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus

Abdul, Rauf F. Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America. Free Pr: S. & S. ISBN 9781451656008. $24; eISBN 9781451656022. Moving the Mountain belongs to the class of spirituality titles that are not only growthful for the individual soul but a necessity for the body politic. Abdul, named […]

Best Books 2012: Cookbooks

101 Classic Cookbooks

101 Cookbooks: 501 Classic Recipes. Rizzoli. Oct. 2012. 688p. ed. by Marvin J. Taylor & Clark Wolf. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780847837939. $40. Essential for cookbook lovers and food historians, this curated collection offers signature recipes from 20th-century classics, from Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, to James Beard’s American Cookery, to Mark Bittman’s […]

Best Books 2012: Biography and History

Let the People In

Karl Helicher Director, Upper Merion Township Lib., King of Prussia, PA Reid, Jan. Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. Univ. of Texas. Oct. 2012. 460p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780292719644. $27. BIOG Reid presents a colorful, warts-and-all portrayal of this unique, one-term progressive Texas governor and feminist who served as a […]

Best Books 2012: Memoir

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Busch, Benjamin. Dust to Dust. Ecco: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062014849. $25.95; eISBN  9780062096784. Busch addresses the sustaining value of art in the face of life and death from the perspective of one who has been to war. (LJ 3/1/12) Cusk, Rachel. Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation. Farrar. ISBN 9780374102135. $23; eISBN 9781466820180. This memoir is full of […]

Best Books 2012: Science & Technology

Design in nature

by Margaret Dominy Bejan, Adrian & J. Peder Zane. Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization. Doubleday. ISBN 9780385534611. $27.95; eISBN 9780385534628. Learn, with the help of mechanical engineer Bejan and journalist Zane, how the mapping of repetitive models in nature—river basins, cardiovascular systems, and bolts […]

Best Books 2012: Staff Favorites

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Our editors’ Top Ten appears in the December issue of LJ and will be in your email inbox on December 20th. But it takes a small army to produce LJ and our sister magazine, School Library Journal, and the troops are all opinionated! Here’s what some of the rest of our staff devoured in 2012 […]

Best Books 2012: DIY

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Art Instruction by Heather Halliday Plowman, Randel. The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. Lark Crafts: Lark Books. 2012. c.132p. illus. index. ISBN 9781454701996. pap. $17.95. Chock full of vibrant examples of collage work, this book encourages readers to experiment, explore, and establish a daily creative practice using found materials. This book […]

Multnomah’s Favorite Books of 2012 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2012

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Staff from Oregon’s Multnomah County Library share their favorite 2012 titles.

Best Books 2012: Editor’s Letter

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LJ‘s book review staff has been busy on your behalf. We recently sequestered ourselves for a day to have a polite discussion—yes, really—about the ten best books that came our way in 2012. You’ll have to hold on to your seat a bit longer though; that list will be winging its way to you in […]

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