LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2015


Fiction from King, Kwan, Pitre; nonfiction on human trafficking, the Vikings, treasure hunters, Marco Polo. Documentaries on LGBT people in Cameroon, Hurricane Sandy, organ donation programs, plus new Trailers: What’s coming on DVD/Bu-ray

Nonfiction: Petrini on Slow Food and Stewart on Animals | Xpress Reviews


Petrini outlines the beginnings and philosophy of the slow food movement; Stewart’s purpose is “to inspire all animal lovers to learn a little more and do a little more”

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, September 2015

Cast your eye on Watchman, in the top spot; Coates’s treatise enters nonfiction at No. 2

LJ Media Reviews: September 15, 2015


Big fiction from Child, Deveraux, Lee, and L’Amour, coming-of-age Visions and Revisions. Top documentary Iris, shades of Susan Sontag, John Penton. Fast Scans of Clouds of Sils Maria, Woman in Gold, and more.

Nonfiction on God Anxiety, Novice Sailing, the Bible in American Life, Lamentations | Xpress Reviews


Lots of discussion of religion: the fear of God is not a freak of Christianity; an important analysis the Roman Catholic Church in the modern world; the role and use of the Bible over the course of America’s early years; Lamentations

Nonfiction: Ray Benson, Healthy Oils, Fishing/Fish, George Merrick, Islamic Art, Abortion | Xpress Reviews


A business book on cooperation, a beautiful cookbook on healthy oils, a lyrical memoir that will especially appeal to fishers, the career of Carol Moseley Braun, a history of Carol Gables, architectural and design legacies of the Seljuk and Ottoman empires, a rich and readable account of the abortion issue, the man who invented Thomas the Tank Engine

Nonfiction: 19th-Century Crime, World Hunger, Robotics, Greek Philosophy, Butterflies, More | Xpress Reviews


Crimes of the Romantic period, world hunger, history of the human race, Frank Sinatra, women in the military, for readers who like their history with a little personality, Thelma Todd, a workable plan for guiding youth toward healthy life choices, ancient Greek philosophy, butterflies, modern science, history of physics

Nonfiction on Brooklyn, the Irish Rising, Being LGBT, and Bill Clinton | Xpress Reviews


A book for fans of Brooklyn history, a welcome addition to any collection on Irish history, an ever so slightly outrageous memoir about the gay rights movement, a new Bill Clinton book is only for avid readers of popular political science

Nonfiction on Lincoln’s Assassination and Roosevelt’s Singular Presidency | Xpress Reviews


Canavan’s “good read” on the minutiae of LIncoln’s death won’t much change what we already know; Daniels’s readable but dense volume on FDR will appeal primarily to scholars for its often useful and interesting commentary

Chelsea Clinton, Laurie Halse Anderson, & Rupert Grint, Narrator | Audio in Advance September 2015 | Middle Grade


Al Mansour, Haifaa. The Green Bicycle. Listening Library. ISBN 9780147526175. Read by Ariana Delawari. Gr 5-8–Spunky 11-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her […]