Nonfiction: OCD, Benjamin Morrell & Dako, John Smith, Ed Shames, and Mayakovsky | Xpress Reviews


A memoir with OCD, the friendship of captor and captive, Capt. John Smith with a “sheen of historical truth,” paratrooper Ed Shames, the life of Russian poet Mayakovsky

Nonfiction: English Architecture, Le Corbusier, Modernists, Nat Geo Photos | Xpress Reviews


A masterly work on art, architecture, and aesthetics; a well-researched and chronicled account of Le Corbusier; American modernists and the history of art collecting; a sampler of incredible images in a single, large-format monograph

Elwes, Hannah, the Kellermans, Sides | Audiobook Reviews, December 2014


Elwes takes us for a stroll down memory lane; fans of Hannah will find themselves immensely pleased; an exciting story from Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman; Sides’s high-adrenaline, impressively thorough history is recommended.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, November 2014

Gone Girl returns to the top with movie word of mouth; O’Reilly kills off General Patton

Nonfiction: Sportswriter Epstein, Victorian London, Alaska Memoir, plus Info Tech, World War II History, Ebola | Xpress Reviews


A new volume for Epstein readers, an atypical look at London’s social history, a beautifully written memoir of Alaska, naturalists will savor McAllister’s love letter, the U.S. Army’s Pathfinders in action, a defined study of sociology.

Best Sellers | Audiobooks, November 1, 2014


A blood feud, a perfect life, and an arsonist!

French’s Latest Dublin Murder, Mandel’s Breakout; Miller on 20th-Century American History | Audiobook Reviews, November 15, 2014


Nerve-wracking psychological suspense, excellently narrated by Hogan and Hutchinson; Potter demonstrates her talent and tells Mandel’s story of the survivors of a worldwide pandemic; Jazz Age Manhattan, endlessly appealing.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf


The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, October 2014

The Heist steals the top spot from The Goldfinch; Unbroken breaks back into No. 1.

Nonfiction Takes the Cake: From Middle East History to Memoir to Physics for Poets | Audiobook Reviews


Recommend Bird’s The Good Spy for students of Middle East and late 20th-century history, Brierly’s Long Way Home to memoir listeners, and for erudite, lifelong learners Kouzes’s Physics for Poets.