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

Human Rights & the Law, What Led to the American Revolution, Reference in School Libraries, & Much More | Social Sciences Reviews

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A sure-fire movie prospect for readers interested in human rights, the environment, and the law; “how and why the government in London permitted” the American Revolution to happen; a handy overview of reference and information literacy services and resources

History (David O. Stewart), Politics (David Axelrod), Self-Help (Ron Lieber), & More | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

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Axelrod, David. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781594205873. $29.95. CD: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod switched lanes to become a political consultant, strategizing for over 150 local, state, and national campaigns. His clients have included Barack Obama, […]

Must-Read American History, Infamous Verdicts, plus Civil War Narratives & More | Social Sciences Reviews

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Baptist has written a book that truly deepens and broadens our understanding of slavery, Acquittal illuminates the arcane process of successful jury selection, essayist Shenk explores the dynamics of creative pairs

Our Vietnam, Legal Advice for Women, Langston Hughes, Andrew Cuomo, Fashion Giants | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

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Appy, Christian G. American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. Viking. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780670025398. $28.95. HISTORY A professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Appy is noted for two big books on the Vietnam War, Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides, an oral history, and Working-Class War: […]

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