LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 1, 2015


From Baby Care Basics to Planet Middle School, Parenting Is Easy. Ancient Rome, two for Alzheimer’s caregivers, plus public library archives, a guide to online searching, books for Black History Month

Inspiration for Entrepreneurs, North Korea Memoir, plus Le Guin and Karr on Writing, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, July 2015


Potential entrepreneurs will find stories From the Other Side encouraging; an emotional and engrossing memoir from Jang; Karr instructs and inspires through example; Le Guin offers a must-read for writers of fiction

Gertrude Bell of Arabia, Richard III, Tahrir Square 2011, Gaming Theory, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 15, 2015


Excerpts from Bell’s more than 16,000 letters and eight books; a series of daring personal essays on the current state of video game culture and the industry it came from; Patience & Fortitude at the New York Public Library

The Born Frees, Future of Democracy, North Korea Memoirs, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 1, 2015


Burge’s incredible and inspiring account belongs in every library; students of American democracy, government officials, and young citizens should read Running from Office; Aldrich takes us inside the Little Free Library movement

Moore on Essay Writing, Nagasaki History, Memoir from Teege, Library Innovation Toolkit | Social Sciences Reviews, May 15, 2015


Moore’s Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy stands alone, Southard presents one of the definitive histories of the end of World War II, Teege’s account is an important addition to narratives written by descendants of war criminals

History of Palimpsest, Researching Modern Families, Designing Creative Schools, plus Pro Media & More | Social Sciences Reviews, May 1, 2015


Battles takes on the ambitious task of analyzing the history of the written word; ­Golombok gives readers solid evidence and data covering every kind of “new” family; Robinson outlines his vision of schooling; Otis investigates the history of New York Fire Department

The “New” University, Life of Indra Nevi, Political Power of Music, Plus Pro Media, Paris Memoirs | Social Sciences Reviews, April 15, 2015


An extensively investigated explanation of the strengths and limitations of contemporary higher ed, the so-called “first lady of yoga,” moving true stories with the historical backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Palfrey leads libraries into the future.

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


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 […]

Cold War/North Korean History, the Wright Brothers, Marriage Equality, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, April 1, 2015


A North Korean fighter pilot’s journey to freedom, a signal contribution to Wright historiography, required reading for anyone who cares about the power of law, a study of ancient times to the contemporary psychiatric revolution.

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.