Messy but Pretty DIY, Quilting, Woodworking, Knitting & More | Crafts & DIY Reviews, August 2015

Life drawing that readers can try virtually anywhere; you don’t have to have a crafty bone in your body to enjoy Mr. Kate; English delivers a solid understanding of woodworking; Smith’s clever DIY ideas in more than 300 images

Poet Harjo, Drama Critic Lahr, plus Jim Morrison and American Soccer | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 2015

Poems like music that riffs and sings and sometimes drum, an inspiring survey of modern art, Lahr’s thoughtful and critical pieces on American theater, Plenderleith chronicles the North American Soccer League, in-depth portraits of Doors singer Jim Morrison

Get Out and Play | Parenting Reviews, August 2015

BACK TO A BALANCED APPROACH Ten years ago the child-rearing literature was rife with harried time lines, limited windows of opportunity, benchmarks of necessary accomplishments, and a generally frantic approach to raising kids.

Benincasa, Boyd, Higgins, Holleman, & Double Murakami | Fiction Reviews, August 2015

Boyd is simply stunning; another exceptional summertime read from Higgins; an unparalleled opportunity to experience Murakami’s progression from start to phenom; a great YA crossover for older teens from Benincasa

First Novelists Bivald, Hallberg, Holleman, McCrea, Watkins, & others | Debut Fiction, August 2015

Baker gets his spellbinding debut off to a rousing start, Bivald reminds us why we’re book lovers, Hallberg expertly handles multiple shifts in perspective, ­McCrea is a new author to follow, Watkins offers a wholly distinct work

Summertime Spotlights Byrne, Dane, Dare, Novak | Romance Reviews, August 2015

There’s still time to indulge in a few late-summer romances. So grab your favorite cooler, find a place in the shade, and put the world on hold as you relax with these intoxicating charmers.

Bowen’s Debut of the Month, de Bodard, Dickinson, Tripp, Series Lineup, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2015

A fantastical coming-of-age Western; in a cruel and decaying Paris fallen angels rule; a heroine whose motives are murky; a hugely entertaining hunter of vampire treasures; new series from Conroy, Odom, Rhoades, Snodgrass, and Weber

Herriman’s Pick of the Month, John Fortunato, Paul Johnston, Martin Walker, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, August 2015

Herriman’s finely detailed series debut, a maverick cop in near-future Edinburgh, an enjoyable Gallic series starring France’s Dordogne region, another winner from Andrews, a gritty series set in rural West Virginia keeps getting better.

Postscript: Life in Letters | The Reader’s Shelf, August 2015

Between paeans to the practice itself, collections of correspondence, and novels in letters, there is an embarrassment of riches out there for epistolary readers.

Eli Gottlieb | LibraryReads Author, August 2015

“I hope this novel can help contribute to a discussion of otherness in general and of humanizing that which we often regard as alien: the disabled, autistics, schizophrenics…its main purpose is finally to engage and to hold the reader inside a world.”