LJ Reference Reviews: April 1, 2017

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Lots of sound information on the social, political, intellectual, and material culture of The World of the American West; an interesting conversation starter on a variety of brain-related topics; Niche Academy’s library-staff training modules will be of widespread value

LJ Media Reviews: April 1, 2017

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Collins’s murder probes get painted The Color of Justice; the promise of more Ava Logan mysteries will be music to the ears of mystery lovers; an excellent chronicle of determination and adherence to personal vision; a jewel heist goes awry in Huston’s restored The Asphalt Jungle

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

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For art lovers, Treasures of Asian Art is a worthwhile investment; Blumenthal delivers life-and-times political history at its best; Moss’s website translates well as an excellent training guide for any level of outdoor fun; this honest account will find resonance among consumers of popular faith narratives

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

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Another solid offering from best-selling Swedish author Backman; a marvelous debut for all romantics who believe in hope; a new series from the most dependable names in comics Brubaker and Phillips; newcomer Mukherjee delivers a stirring, entertaining mystery that bursts with lively historical details

LJ Media Reviews: March 15, 2017

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A well-articulated World War II romance moves From Sand to Ash; Treasurer presents an enthusiastic Leadership Kick in the Ass; a nostalgic journey through American pop culture music fans are sure to relish; Tourneur’s dark entertainment Cat People will have fans purring

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Art lovers, collectors, and scholars will delight in this book; an upbeat view of women’s health, fitness, and psychology; this honest memoir will interest all readers; a thought-provoking work for those interested in all stages of urban planning and placemaking; an engrossing blend of food science, regionalism, and ethnic studies; young and old activists alike will be inspired by this hopeful call for change

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Inspiring in tone, Denton’s delicious debut delivers a must-read; an excellent series of Sapphic fantasies; McClellan’s skillful worldbuilding and nuanced characters will undoubtedly tempt readers to go back to his earlier work; with hints of a YA coming-of-age tale, Trophy Son will draw in sports fiction fans; Ludwig’s triumphant achievement is borne from his own experience as the adoptive parent of a teen with autism

LJ Reference Reviews: March 1, 2017

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A well-written primer that captures the prominence of media in modern-day American politics; a superb addition to academic libraries and collections supporting veterans’ services; this rich and absorbing database is especially apt for institutions that support the study of law, history, sociology, race, and gender

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

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Sullivan’s valuable, accessible wisdom can be employed immediately; a careful historical portrait of Hypatia, one of antiquity’s most accomplished women; a sober and well-argued study of the basic income concept; a tour-de-force survey of what is known about why we behave the way we do

LJ Media Reviews: March 1, 2017

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The Whole Town’s Talking about Flagg’s latest; FitzSimmons enlivens what could be just another run-of-the-mill thriller; a must-see for fans of Sergei Polunin and ballet; a powerful Australian film about the importance of life