Brian Doyle, Bruce Holsinger, Ann Packer, & Three Essential World War II Titles | Barbara’s Picks, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2

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Doyle, Brian. Martin Marten. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250045201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466843691. LITERARY Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel […]

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 […]

Facts That Astonish, Everything To Know About Zombies, Race and Racism in the United States, & More | Reference Reviews

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Well-rounded essays offer concise perspectives of the vice president’s time in office, a fascinating, informative collection that anyone interested in the history of zombies will want to read, a focus on Muhammad and his legacy.

Political Journalism, Factory Farming, New Orleans, Marketing for Libraries, & More | Social Sciences Reviews

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Bai’s important cautionary tale will resonate with journalists and members of the media, Genoways’s debut provides readers with an exhaustive examination of the meatpacking industry, Berger’s ready reference for all library professionals

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.

Saul Bellow, Scott Ellsworth, Caryl Phillips, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 4

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Bellow, Saul. There Is Simply Too Much To Think About: Collected Nonfiction. Viking. Mar. 2015. 608p. ed. by Benjamin Taylor. ISBN 9780670016693. $35. LITERATURE Issued in time for the centenary of Bellow’s birth and the tenth anniversary of his death, this work collects the Nobel laureate’s nonfiction, including criticism, interviews, speeches, and other pieces ranging […]

Bios of Lafayette, Lincoln, Queen Victoria, plus Teacher Wars, Librarian Management, & Lots Lots More | Social Sciences Reviews

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Auricchio’s lively Marquis should appeal to history readers of all kinds, an historical perspective on education reform that both enlightens and inspires, Poole’s insightful writing is touching and demands pauses for reflection.

Ishiguro, Kanon, Larson, Lehane, O’Hagan, Putnam | Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1

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Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Buried Giant. Knopf. Mar. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780307271037. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353229. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY FICTION Discussing a novel in the works during a 2008 interview for the Paris Review, Booker Prize winner Ishiguro explained that while his writing has typically examined how individuals deal with painful memories, “I’d […]

Humor Studies, American English, plus Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews

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Laughter is the best medicine, and there is a good deal present here, a fascinating look at the American English language that will do well in circulating collections, a contemporary academic treatment to William Shakespeare’s use of plant and garden terminology.

“Reconstructing” the Civil War

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From Lincoln’s Gamble and the era’s photography and laws to After Lincoln to the lives of Embattled Rebels and daredevil heroes

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