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

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

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

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

Nonfiction: Sexual Assault in the Military, Boxing, da Vinci, Jewish Holidays, Skillet Cooking | Xpress Reviews

Hall’s brave and honest work sexual assault in the military; a trip down memory lane for hard-core boxing fans; for readers already familiar with Lappin’s novels and essays; a modern take on a pilgrim’s journal for Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike; explore the stalwart skillet’s versatility

Nonfiction on Retro Cameras, Hustvedt’s Essays, and Lonely Planet Travel 2017 | Xpress Reviews

Anyone who appreciates fine photography will love this book; an excellent and fearlessly wide-ranging collection that never stops at the easy answer but continually probes deeper; a quick and engaging overview useful to travelers in planning their next escape

Nonfiction on Reversing Aging and Quantum Gravity | Xpress Reviews

We can stave off many age-related maladies for a while this way—and that is on its own a worthy endeavor; Rovelli’s work is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort

Nonfiction on Betty MacDonald, Octavia Butler, Pit Bulls, Foreign Policy, and Attica | Xpress Reviews

Appeal for anyone familiar with Betty MacDonald’s books; this approach to Butler is like no other; An intriguing option for those interested in the science behind sex; a must-have for canine enthusiasts; foreign policy that is pragmatic and nonpartisan in scope; for readers interested in technology and/or innovation; behind the Attica uprising

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

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

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

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!