Premodern Sea Travel, Marriage Equality, Casey on Fiction, & More | Social Sciences Reviews

Sextant

Barrie takes readers on a tour of the history of maritime navigation; a timely account of the legal struggles to attain fundamental rights; Casey’s guide belongs on every writer’s shelf; how university libraries have created new services

Eric Foner, Seth Grahame-Smith, Edith Pearlman, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Cohen, Roger. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780307594662. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353137. MEMOIR New York Times columnist Cohen, honored by the Overseas Press Club for his work as the paper’s Balkans bureau chief during the Bosnian War and in charge of the Pulitzer […]

History/Biography from Thomas Cromwell to the Great Society to the Death of Tin Pan Alley | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Borman, Tracy. Thomas Cromwell. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2015. 336p.ISBN 9780802123176. $30. BIOGRAPHY Here’s a nonfiction account of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s invaluable adviser, to go with the fictional account that Hilary Mantel has provided in the Man Booker Award winners Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Borman has special insight (and an audience-pleasing touch) […]

A Different Kind of Beach Reading | Wyatt’s World

In the Kingdom of Ice

From adventures to tragedies to court cases and more, here are five titles that allow readers to get their feet wet without leaving home.

Greenwald on the NSA, Wartime Propaganda from Harwood, Memoir from Echols & Davis, Morton, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

No Place To Hide

Greenwald’s book is a must-read, Harwood’s account carries an organic empirical quality rarely facilitated by a historical text, turn-of-the-21st-century social movements in Latin America, refreshing experimentation from Schnapp & Battles

Neil Armstrong Bio, Real-Life Spy Drama, Cold War Politics, plus Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews

Neil Armstrong

The ups and downs of Armstrong’s life and career, a fascinating story about a complicated spy, social media strategies for business, optimal research resources for librarians, studies on Russian leadership, a wish book for travelers

Real-Life Mona Lisa, Library Volunteers, Memoir, Psychology, Travel | Social Sciences Reviews

Success with Library Volunteers

A Renaissance woman who appeals to a general audience, Hoffman promulgates a treatise on the evolution of punishment, employ Success with Library Volunteers to open conversations regarding future volunteer use

Grove Dictionary of American Music, Genealogy at a Glance, Media Studies | Reference Reviews

Grove Dictionary

More Grove, for much has happened in the world of American music; Morgan’s Genealogy at a Glance helps users navigate Ancestry.com; Encyclopedia of Media Violence provides strong and current coverage.

Karen Armstrong, Richard Ford, Ha Jin, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Nov. 2014, Pt. 1

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Armstrong, Karen. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. Knopf. Nov. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9780307957047. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353106. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY A best-selling author of insightful books on religion and winner of the 2008 TED Prize, which facilitated her work with TED on the Charter for Compassion, Armstrong here goes beyond […]

Makos on Korean War Heroism, Moynahan on the Siege of Leningrad, Panetta on Government, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Oct. 2014, Pt. 5

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Kaplan, Eric. Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation. Dutton. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780525954392. $20. PHILOSOPHY Candidate for a PhD in philosophy at Berkeley, as well as co-executive producer of and writer for the hit TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Kaplan has the tools to make accessible some big philosophical questions: how are our […]

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