Katrina, Ten Years On

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A haunting yet powerful photography collection from Spielman; a gripping read of the hurricane’s emotional and personal impact; Rivlin’s recommended blow-by-blow account of the months and years after Katrina

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

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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

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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

Five Essential Historical Titles | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 2

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Crowley, Roger. Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire. Random. Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780812994001. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994018. HISTORY Crowley spent some of his childhood in Malta, hung around Greece the summer after finishing school, and taught in Istanbul after reading English at Cambridge, and his enduring interest in the history of the […]

Nomads, Dolphins, & America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Nonfiction

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Ananthaswamy, Anil. The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101914939. Read by Rene Ruiz. In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, this book offers a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders. Ananthaswamy […]

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

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Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

McCullough’s Wright Brothers Take Flight | RA Crossroads

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Blending social history, scientific innovation, and dual biography, McCullough offers a resonating account of American invention, hard work, and determination.

Jim Crow, Cyber Warfare, This Is Who We Were | Reference Reviews, May 15, 2015

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An informative overview of the system of laws discriminating against black citizens in the South; flavors and pairings, and guides on buying, storing, and harvesting Herbs & Spices; Springer’s history of Cyber Warfare

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

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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

The Things They Carried: History 100(ish) Objects at a Time

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The idea of presenting popular history through objects has really taken off lately, with readers who like a reference browse delighting in books that explore various aspects of our world and its history through…stuff.