LJ Reference Reviews: July 2017

Tucker’s work is best for undergraduate students of military history; an ideal volume for anyone with a serious interest in The Beatles; The Elements are the building blocks of our world, deserving a place in every school and public library; Brill’s valuable resource on the Middle East and Islamic Studies supplies the foundation for coursework and scholarship across a range of disciplines

LJ Media Reviews: July 2017

Assadi’s already atmospheric Sonora is further enhanced by Nankani’s skillful narration; anyone interested in women’s history will find The Radium Girls fascinating; the presence of an untamed Vamp manages the exceptional feat of being both funny and scary; Look at Us Now, Mother!, libraries would do well to acquire award-winning Kirschenbaum’s latest

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography

LJ Fiction Reviews: July 2017

With her mordant wit and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch; Moriarty is a gifted author of singular talent; Garrett’s Hollywood Homicide is sure to be a hit with readers seeking a fresh new sleuth; newcomer Klein delivers the next compelling sf technothriller, pleasing fans of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 15, 2017

This engrossing read should stimulate lively discussion among Hemingway aficionados; Sancton delivers a highly recommended mix of luring tabloid fare and professionally researched courtroom drama; anyone worried about the planet should check out Goodell’s look at sea-level rise

LJ Fiction Reviews: June 15, 2017

While Lee’s series offers plenty of gripping space opera action, the real pleasure is the inventive worldbuilding; this addictive story from the legendary Jo Beverley overflows with intrigue and breathtaking ardor; Adebayo’s work makes a blazing entry onto the list of talented, upcoming writers from Nigeria

LJ Reference Reviews: June 1, 2017

A stellar, comprehensive addition that will shed light on the War and Religion for a wide range of readers; undergraduates and informed general readers will be stimulated by thought-provoking Social Issues in Living Color; Socialism on Film brings socialist worlds to life; however, its offerings will need to be expanded to achieve analyses with true presence

LJ Media Reviews: June 1, 2017

Classic mystery fans will enjoy this fine listen, especially when Hercule Poirot is on the case; recommend The Nature Fix for listeners interested in health issues and the outdoors; Jack T. Ripper lodges in two terrifying films; a perfect film for viewers who like their happy ever after with a side of grit

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2017

With thoroughly documented and imaginative chapters, American Watercolor will have wide appeal; a well-turned-out roundup of 16 new fashion and art titles; Danticat’s brave work interrogates The Art of Death with insight and warmth; satisfying recipes for upscale as well as down-home entertaining

LJ Fiction Reviews: June 1, 2017

Linden’s debut will engage readers of thoughtful women’s fiction; Dave’s latest is sure to make some of the “Best of Summer” book lists; summer picks by RUSA’s Recommended Reading List Council; Delisle’s Hostage may be the masterpiece that elevates his name to the ranks of legends; Goldman’s storytelling blends irreverent humor and distinctive setting