Best-Selling Bohjalian, First Novelists Betancourt & Yapa, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2016, Pt. 1


Bales, Kevin. Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World. Spiegel & Grau. Jan. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780812995763. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812995770. SOCIAL SCIENCE Cofounder and past president of Free the Slaves whose crusading has led to his speaking before organizations from the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to the […]

Nomads, Dolphins, & America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Nonfiction


Ananthaswamy, Anil. The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101914939. Read by Rene Ruiz. In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, this book offers a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders. Ananthaswamy […]

The Born Frees, Future of Democracy, North Korea Memoirs, Pro Media, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, June 1, 2015


Burge’s incredible and inspiring account belongs in every library; students of American democracy, government officials, and young citizens should read Running from Office; Aldrich takes us inside the Little Free Library movement

Moore on Essay Writing, Nagasaki History, Memoir from Teege, Library Innovation Toolkit | Social Sciences Reviews, May 15, 2015


Moore’s Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy stands alone, Southard presents one of the definitive histories of the end of World War II, Teege’s account is an important addition to narratives written by descendants of war criminals

Cocaine, Creativity, & Life on Mars | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Nonfiction


Braestrup, Kate. Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope, and Service. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478933953. Read by the author. When her eldest son joins the Marines, Braestrap is at a crossroads: can she reconcile her desire to protect her children with her family’s legacy of service? Can parents balance the joy of a child’s independence with […]

History of Palimpsest, Researching Modern Families, Designing Creative Schools, plus Pro Media & More | Social Sciences Reviews, May 1, 2015


Battles takes on the ambitious task of analyzing the history of the written word; ­Golombok gives readers solid evidence and data covering every kind of “new” family; Robinson outlines his vision of schooling; Otis investigates the history of New York Fire Department

The “New” University, Life of Indra Nevi, Political Power of Music, Plus Pro Media, Paris Memoirs | Social Sciences Reviews, April 15, 2015


An extensively investigated explanation of the strengths and limitations of contemporary higher ed, the so-called “first lady of yoga,” moving true stories with the historical backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Palfrey leads libraries into the future.

Award Winner Alive Inside, Best Westerns, Winston Churchill Bio, New Trailers | Video Reviews, April 1, 2015


Rossato-Bennett follows around Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, Inc.; the largely forgotten story of Winston Churchill’s fall from grace and subsequent rise to prominence; Clementine epitomizes the Code of the Old West

U.S.–China Relations, Travel Japan, Waterloo Bicentennial, Rethinking Reference Services, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, March 15, 2015


Bradley’s China Mirage is highly recommended to experts and novices alike, Denson’s entertaining and enlightening guide to Japan, Barney Frank’s political memoir, resources for librarians seeking knowledge of reference services.

Drones, Spring 1865, Consumer Behavior, Data Revolutions, & More | Social Sciences Reviews, March 1, 2015


An easy-to-read book for those interested in the hot topic of drones, Jamieson describes the closing campaigns of the Civil War, a refreshing new analysis of conspicuous consumption, Lohr digs into the power of big data.