Articles tagged "starred review"

Nonfiction Round-Up (1/22/20)

The powers of the American presidency in today’s political climate + a six-step approach to finding your true calling + an examination of minimalism’s historical roots = today’s nonfiction round-up.

UNMAKING THE PRESIDENCY: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes  

“Two Lawfare editors and senior fellows at the Brookings Institution trace the crumbling integrity of the U.S. presidency…An incisive, frightening picture of a toxic environment in which ‘the presidency…needs a champion.'”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/15/20)

Saving a zoo under ISIS control + how artificial intelligence will erode employment + skills and principles of how to be a leader + an illustrated collection of love and relationship advice = this nonfiction round-up.

FATHER OF LIONS: One Man’s Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo by Louise Callaghan

“Callaghan’s (Middle East correspondent, The Sunday Times) first book is a true page-turner…Recommended for readers seeking a more nuanced understanding of the complexities inherent to this region.”–Library Journal, starred review

A WORLD WITHOUT WORK: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond by Daniel Susskind

“Susskind’s book is so timely, to miss it might be downright irresponsible.”–Booklist

LEADERSHIP STRATEGY AND TACTICS: Field Manual by Jocko Willink

“Leadership lessons from the front lines, just where leadership is most needed…A valuable handbook for leaders and decision-makers at any level of the organizational chart.”–Kirkus Reviews

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Happy #PubDay + Historical Spotlight (1/14/20)

Princesses seeking safety during WWII + the story of a young feminist a century ahead of her time (with some Jane Austen mixed in) = today’s historical #pubday party!

THE SECRET GUESTS by Benjamin Black

“Black’s lucid prose is the perfect foil for tangled politics, old hatreds, unsolved crimes, the threat to Irish neutrality, and the possibility of new alliances that seethe underneath. This elegant novel will satisfy all readers who appreciate a good story, well told.”–Library Journal, starred review

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Women 2020 (1/13/20)

Today’s spotlight kicks off the week with some fierce women who took the business world by storm.

UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

From stuck, broke, and looking for meaning, to working at a big-data startup in Silicon Valley, Anna Wiener now tells her story as a woman in Silicon Valley’s startup culture. “Equal parts bildungsroman and insider report, this book reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called ‘inspiration culture’ underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Nonfiction Round-Up (1/8/20)

An all-you-can-eat vegetable cookbook by one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time + the impact not listening really has on us–all in the first nonfiction round-up of 2020!

ULTIMATE VEG by Jamie Oliver

“Anyone with an interest in healthier cooking will enjoy the accessible, uncomplicated, yet tasty, approach to plant-based recipes from a chef focused on food activism.”–Library Journal, starred review

YOU’RE NOT LISTENING: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy

“From communication researchers to general audiences, this informative and well-documented book will prod readers to reexamine the way they listen to others, individually and collectively, and to consider the many negative repercussions of not doing so.”–Library Journal

New Year, New You!

It’s that time of the year to make a list of resolutions again! And, there is a book for it all. From eating healthy to using compassion…these books can help make the best resolutions that you and your patrons will actually want to stick to.

THE KINDNESS METHOD: Change Your Habits for Good Using Self-Compassion and Understanding by Shahroo Izadi

“It is hard to change. Many are asked to do so at work, whenever a new leader or IT-improvement or strategy is introduced. Yet how many times, in how many ways, does change simply not work, for personal reasons?… [M]uch of what Izadi advocates has worked well for addicts, she also boasts an enviable success record for those grappling with a number of other issues. Her involved and very reflective process may very well result in a more aware, more enriched life.”–Booklist, starred review

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Adult Books for Teens

This month’s roundup of adult books for teens includes a fantasy conclusion, a hip-hop biography, & a heartwarming dog story (& more)!

THE RISE OF MAGICKS: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of YEAR ONE and OF BLOOD AND BONE concludes her stunning new trilogy praised as “A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King’s THE STAND.”

“Teen fantasy readers who have watched the book’s protagonist grow into her powers will not want to miss seeing how Fallon Swift saves the world.”
Booklist, YA Interest

“Roberts’ magnificent trilogy concludes with another title that perfectly balances magic, adventure, romance, and steely resolve in the battle of good vs. evil while reminding us that while the battles may save us, it’s the home, hearth, and community which sustain us. Brilliant and inspiring.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson
This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z’s career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice.

“A magnet for YA hip-hop fans.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.”
Library Journal, starred review

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Day’s YA – JANE ANONYMOUS

Happy Friday, YA pals!

My last Day’s YA of 2019 is a dark thriller that will keep you awake until 2020.

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available January 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13-18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

“Jane” (we don’t know her real name) was kidnapped the summer before her senior year of high school. After seven harrowing months in captivity, Jane escapes and returns to her small, sleepy New England town. In order to heal, Jane writes a book (JANE ANONYMOUS) chronicling the events of her imprisonment.

Alternating between past and present, the “THEN” chapters detail her capture, the psychological torture she endured, her relationship with fellow inmate Mason, and her eventual escape; the “NOW” chapters cover her homecoming and recovery as she learns the truth about what really happened to her during those horrifying seven months.

This haunting thriller was absolutely terrifying. Like, put the book in the freezer and step away from it for a few minutes, terrifying. It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still thinking about Jane.

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Nonfiction Round-Up (12/11/19)

The science behind long-term weight loss + Socialism for the skeptics + the true story of the Soviet intelligence operative nicknamed “the spy to end spies” = today’s nonfiction round-up.

HOW NOT TO DIET: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss by Michael Greger

Included in Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2019 Announcements!

Discover the cutting-edge science behind long-term weight loss success in this powerful new book from the New York Times bestselling author of  HOW NOT TO DIE.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE A SOCIALIST by Nathan J. Robinson

Included in Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2019 Announcements!

“Current Affairs editor Robinson profiles the progressive movement shaking up the Democratic Party’s old guard and makes the case for a new brand of socialism in this cogent debut.”–Publishers Weekly

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Happy #PubDay (12/10/19)

A turbulent family drama in 1957 America and a historical love story filled with secrets and heartache come together in this #pubday celebration.

THE WONDERFUL by Saskia Sarginson

“Set against a historical backdrop that will surprise many readers, Sarginson’s novel movingly captures the private and at times painful evolution of a resilient and inventive protagonist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE GLITTERING HOUR by Iona Grey

“[T]he shifting narratives form a sweeping historical saga that captures the desires and dilemmas of the heart.”–Booklist

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