Queen Victoria, Pixar, Space Travel, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Alvarez, Walter. A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves. Norton. Nov. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780393292695. $26.95. SCIENCE/COSMOLOGY If you’re familiar with the “Impact Theory,” which blames dinosaur extinction on a crash-landed asteroid, then you’re familiar with Berkeley geologist Alvarez; he originated the idea. Here he argues that Big History, which […]

Cynthia Ozick & Marcella Hazan | Audio in Advance July 2016 | Nonfiction

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Nonfiction audiobooks releasing in July 2016

LJ Reference Reviews: December 1, 2015

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The African American experience; the history of law without the legalese; movies that stimulate discussion and debate; plus databases that feature conversations with researchers and technology-related video lectures

Al Hirschfeld, Hemingway in Love, Mary Louise Wilson, Comedians on Comedy | Arts & Humanities Reviews, July 2015

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A brilliant volume of Hirschfeld’s work and enjoyable study of caricature; Hotchner effectively fills in giant gaps in Hemingway’s written history; Nesteroff extensively chronicles American comedy over the last 100 years

Kayne West, Biespiel’s Poetry, Literary Detectives, Buddhism for Couples | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Beaumont’s in-depth depiction of West; Stavan’s joyous insight on Quixote; Goleman’s inspirational call to train our minds and hearts; Dundas’s enthusiasm is contagious; Ward’s accessible Lost Detective

Frank Gehry, Poet Limón, the Lanterne Rouge, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews, June 1, 2015

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Gehry’s important role in contemporary architecture; intricate and accessible, Limón’s poems are deeply moving; an excellent first book for the novice chess player; Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture

Maupassant’s Classic Shorts, Visual Art on a Global Scale, Film Critic Schickel, Soccernomics | Arts and Humanities Reviews, May 15, 2015

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Maupassant’s depictions of 19th-century France for a new generation of readers; a project showcasing the work of novices and accomplished artists alike; Keepers is a conversation starter; a broad take on the wide world of soccer

Socialist Politics in Art (1880–1940), Butler’s Impressions of Cuba, Roper Explores Nabokov in America | Arts & Humanities Reviews, May 1, 2015

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An important addition to library collections focusing on art history, socialism, and 20th-century American radicalism; Butler’s Domino Diaries should have broad appeal; Roper has done an inspired job exploring Nabokov in America

Eight Essential Memoirs from Barrymore, Cisneros, Fraser, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Barrymore, Drew. Wildflower. Dutton. Oct. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781101983799. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101983805. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR While 1990’s Little Girl Lost details Barrymore’s drug and alcohol abuse as a very young actress, this book covers the durable actress’s life since age 14, when she found herself living on her own. How it’s all come […]

18th-Century French Fashion, 20th-Century Literary History, Contemporary Painting | Arts & Humanities Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Chrisman-Campbell explores the variety and novelty of 18th-century fashion trends, Jefferson ties together classical stories on how seafaring and ocean adventure influenced authors, Hudson’s well-illustrated survey of the disparate tendencies in international painting.