From Stage Essentials to Biogs of Novels to Soccer Matters, “Crystal-Lit” Poetry, & More | Arts & Humanities Reviews

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Read Outside the Box and enjoy cartoon history; Radiant Truths is eclectic, in the best sense; Di Piero’s Tombo strikes a perfect balance; Powers’s Letter Composed captures life in the war zone

Books in the Family | What We’re Reading

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This week the LJ/SLJ staffers are in a family way, reading about acting dynasties, hand puppets, loss, strained marriages, and even a family curse.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | March 15, 2014

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Reviews of Alex Beam’s American Crucifixion, Patricia A. DeMaio’s Garden of Dreams, Maxine Kumin’s And Short the Season, Turner Classic Movies & Richard Corliss’s Mom in the Movies, and a list of titles from the March 15 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Blake Bailey’s The Splendid Things We Planned, Teresa Leo’s Bloom in Reverse, William Logan’s Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure, Detlef Mertins’s Mies, Dina Santorelli’s Daft Punk, Charles Wright’s Caribou, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | February 1, 2014

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Reviews of Colin Mackenzie & others’s The Chinese Art Book, Patience Bloom’s Romance Is My Day Job, Linda Bierds’s Roget’s Illusion, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | January 2014

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Reviews of Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, John Suchet’s Beethoven, Evelyn Barish’s The Double Life of Paul de Man, and a list of titles from the January issue.

Sporadic Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Nonfiction, poetry, and short story collections to focus your busiest days

Best Poetry 2013, the Extended Version: We’ve Got 12 Top Titles for You

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Officially, Library Journal lists five Best Poetry titles in its December issue, along with all the other Bests of the year. But my colleague Annalisa Pesek and I couldn’t stop there. After several rounds of reading and discussion, we found that the following 12 titles sifted out naturally as the works that grabbed our attention […]

Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, December 6, 2013

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A multifaceted view of the dandy, Auerbach revisited, lovers of Anchorman may flock to this work, Chekhov’s insights can be tiring, a veteran wine writer divulges more secrets, Correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Fuchs rambles (sometimes escaping) from Mayan and Mixtec barrios, memoir from Gilden camping in the USSR, poets’ Deep Gossip, Prager on how to negotiate a fare on auto rickshaws and taxis, Carter’s Swann’s Way is an unprecedented and laudable intellectual feat, why van Gogh was repetitious, essential Rebeck plays, Shapiro’s perils and pleasures, New York gets a “Big City Food Biography,” Weegee for all collections

Language, Poetry, & the Seventh Annual Poets Forum

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Notes on poetry and panel discussions from the academy’s Poets Forum

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