Nonfiction: Chaplin’s Diary, an Afghan Odyssey, the Roeblings and Their Bridge | Xpress Reviews

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The title might work better as a film and screenplay, which could have been Chaplin’s original intention; hand to readers especially looking for an intimate glimpse at Afghanistan’s history and culture; a riveting biography of an early modern engineer whose work still stands

Nonfiction: Frank Little & Labor, Forces of Nature, Gershom Scholem, Native American Women | Xpress Reviews

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Appealing for those interested in the history of the American West and labor history; a must-read for anyone delving into the history of science; for specialized readers drawn to Jewish mysticism and Jewish messianism; for readers interested in the history of western Washington

Nonfiction on Soldiering, Prince, the Cubs, Franciscan Missions, Happy Traveling | Xpress Reviews

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A rather cerebral analysis of war; an excellent addition to the Prince compendium; fans will likely be disappointed, no matter how much they love their Cubbies; might be of interest to those who like reading about the American Southwest; psychobabble for the insecure

Nonfiction on Dirt, James Thurber’s Columbus, and Sports vs. Business | Xpress Reviews

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Bogard’s premise doesn’t quite get off the ground; for Columbus and Thurber aficionados, this book offers the background behind the Ohioan scenes of his life and writings; an interesting take on the sports metaphor as applied to business

Nonfiction on Alien Life and Outdoor Activities | Xpress Reviews

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Geared toward physicists, chemists, and students of scientific research and may even be appreciated by curious sf fans and casual readers; recommended for readers with a general interest in outdoor recreation

Nonfiction: Chiropractic, Marriage Equality, Conservation, Goats, Wedding Food, Kandinsky | Xpress Reviews

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General readers will find Frank’s work to be an accessible and worthwhile read; Johnson’s detailed, readable account; Who knew goats could be so cute and entertaining?; the bike provides a unique vehicle for more intimate travel; Warcraft or similar games are likely to be pleased; interesting tidbits of wedding traditions; a solid addition to libraries that already have detailed biographies of Kandinsky

Nonfiction: Best-sellerdom, Science, Women Workers, Middle East Peace, Nature, Némirovsky | Xpress Reviews

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For serious book lovers and wordsmiths; Dean’s effort to combat scientific illiteracy; American women’s contribution to the success of WWI; for those hoping for peace in the Middle East; an engaging portrait of the Catskill wilderness; an important book on Némirovsky; a concluding history of World War II

Nonfiction: Origami Artists and Peter Watson on Convergence | Xpress Reviews

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The talent of the individuals profiled is overshadowed by the overall aimlessness and unfinished feeling of the volume; Watson treats biology, chemistry, and physics as entangled plotlines, and readers’ excitement will build as more connections are made

Nonfiction: Dodge City in History, Parents & Math, Eleanor Roosevelt on Women’s Issues | Xpress Reviews

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Clavin brings true personality to Earp and Masterson during their roles in taming the Western frontier; for parents trying to wrap their minds around Common Core for teaching math and language arts; the work of an important leader in the women’s rights movement

Nonfiction: Coronado’s Ecofriendly Gardening Solutions | Xpress Reviews

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More hackneyed than hacked, Coronado’s book adds little to an already-full gardening shelf, though the happy tone will appeal to some readers