Biography (e.g., J.M. Coetzee, Mary McGrory) & History (e.g., World War II) | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3


Attwell, David. J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time. Viking. Sept. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780525429616. $27.95. LITERARY CRITICISM/BIOGRAPHY Currently a professor at the University of York, Attwell completed an MA in African literary theory and criticism at the University of Cape Town, where his supervisor was Nobel Prize–winning novelist J.M. […]

U.S.–China Relations, Travel Japan, Waterloo Bicentennial, Rethinking Reference Services, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, March 15, 2015


Bradley’s China Mirage is highly recommended to experts and novices alike, Denson’s entertaining and enlightening guide to Japan, Barney Frank’s political memoir, resources for librarians seeking knowledge of reference services.

Willie Nelson, Lucid Dreaming, & Peyton Place | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Nonfiction


Bays, Jan Chozen. How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness: Simple Daily Mindfulness Practices for Living Life More Fully & Joyfully. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501227424. Read by the author. A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Bays, […]

Drones, Spring 1865, Consumer Behavior, Data Revolutions, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, March 1, 2015


An easy-to-read book for those interested in the hot topic of drones, Jamieson describes the closing campaigns of the Civil War, a refreshing new analysis of conspicuous consumption, Lohr digs into the power of big data.

The Civil War’s Edwin Stanton, Comma Queen Norris, RA Guide to Historical Fic & More | Social Sciences Reviews, February 15, 2015


Marvel’s complex work will appeal to Civil War scholars and general readers; Norris’s handy guide is for writers of all levels; Sehat’s book is for political junkies, historians, and rhetoricians; librarian Baker’s guide strikes the perfect balance of thoroughness and accessibility.

Big Biographies of Joan Didion, Iceberg Slim, & Joy Davidson | Nonfiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1


  Daugherty, Tracy. The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2015. 672p. ISBN 9781250010025. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781466877405. BIOGRAPHY Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University with a spate of novels and short story collections to his name, Daugherty is best known for his much-praised biographies […]

Adams on Atlantis, Bios of Washington, the Black Press, the Lusitania, & Lots Lots More | Social Sciences Reviews, February 1, 2015


An excellent examination of Atlantis research from Adams; Launer’s biog of Spielrein is long overdue but worth the wait; Schroeder on the new world of entrepreneurship; a motivating guide for practicing librarians; pioneers of the Black Press Ethel Payne and Alice Dunnigan.

Bukowski, Dylan, von Furstenberg, Robots, & the New American Generation | Nonfiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2


Bukowski, Charles. On Writing. Ecco. Jul. 2015. 112p. ISBN 9780062396006. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062395986.LITERATURE/LETTERS The great cultural iconoclast Bukowski hasn’t been with us for two decades, but you can still hire him on as a writing teacher by reading this collection of his correspondence with publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers. Lots of insights into […]

Midwinter Reminders & Last-Minute Spring Finds from Blume, Gruen, & More


In just a few weeks, many of us will be blowing into cold Chicago for another action-packed ALA Midwinter. If you’re going, don’t miss two fun events: 2015’s Best in Debut Authors, sponsored by LibraryReads and the Association of American Publishers and taking place Saturday, January 31, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at McCormick Place […]

Jensen/Nutt Explain Teen Brains, Kamenetz Tests Ed Standards, Rascoff Gets Real About Real Estate, Essential Pro Media | Social Sciences Reviews, December 2014


New science applied to the frustrating dilemma of how to live with teenage kids, Kamenetz’s timely book should be required reading, new ways to look at housing, Kirchhoff’s guide covers everything librarians need to know.