Nonfiction on Citizen Science, Primatology, the Iran Deal, and the Beatles | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging exploration of citizen science; recommended for nonspecialists intrigued by animal intelligence; those who remain skeptical of the plan’s framework will have their views reinforced; an absorbing, reflective work that will appeal to more serious music fans and Beatles newcomers

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

Nonfiction on the Philadelphia World’s Fair of 1926 and from “The Movie Doctors” | Xpress Reviews

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Historian Keels recounts Philadelphia’s spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to celebrate the sesquicentennial of American independence with a world’s fair; this book of film reviews is a flatliner. Pull the plug STAT!

Nonfiction on Mary Astor’s Custody Trial and Taking a Vertical View | Xpress Reviews

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The trial story includes a strong, smart Astor; her troubled, nervous ex-spouse; their intense, hardworking lawyers; and a kindly judge; Graham looks at satellites, bombers, drones, helicopters, elevators, skyscrapers, housing, favelas, sewers, bunkers, mines, and basements—from below ground to high in the air

Nonfiction on the Owl, Science, Financial Planning, the Fax Machine, and the Boss | Xpress Reviews

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A gem for owl fans; an infographic guide to science; for those desiring a firm grip on their finances; a meticulously researched history of the fax machine; for those ready to stop slogging through life; Springsteen’s is one of rock’s finest memoirs

Nonfiction: Tony Bennett, Immigration Economics, Dragonflies, Black English, David Salle | Xpress Reviews

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Readers will “want to be around” Tony Bennett; a book for collections with economics and immigration holdings; Dodds’s passion for dragonflies is woven throughout; the word on Black English; readers of contemporary art criticism will want to read Salle

Nonfiction on Canine Companions, Author Editing, and Guy Clark | Xpress Reviews

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This lightweight coffee-table book will elicit broad smiles from dog lovers and photography fans; for author’s editors and possibly scholarly communications librarians; a well-informed, in-depth look at Guy Clark’s life and career

Nonfiction on Being a Beach Boy, Music, Mortality, and Murder | Xpress Reviews

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Memoirs from Beach Boy cousins Brian Wilson and Mike Love; a review of positive stances toward our mortality; readers will have a strong understanding of what it was like to live in the United States in the late 19th century

LJ Media Reviews: October 15, 2016

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Chambers takes listeners The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet; revisit 1916: The Irish Rebellion; plus Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words; and a bunch of students Saved!

Nonfiction: Sports Writing, China, Elizabeth Bishop, Obesity, Russia, Space Travel | Xpress Reviews

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Ajayi calls to mind Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist; recommended for sports nuts; an in-depth look at power in China; for poetry lovers, writers, literature enthusiasts, and fans of Elizabeth Bishop; a new look at obesity; a reinvigorated review of Cold War events; witticisms, pictures, and graphics about astronomy