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  December 15, 2014          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Crafts &    Gardening
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In a mend-bending tour de force, Card concludes the Pathfinders series with a wholly engrossing, intensely philosophical, and completely satisfying title. Perhaps the most astounding achievement is how he has summarized the incredibly intricate backstories of the first two titles to create a finale that successfully stands alone.

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top10-crafts-gardening_youth Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books for Youth: 2014
By Ilene Cooper

The subjects of these top 10 books run the gamut from making delish tidbits to turning trash into treasure. All titles were reviewed in Booklist from December 15, 2013, to December 1, 2014.

3-D Art Lab for Kids. By Susan Schwake. 2013. illus. Quayside/Quarry paper, $24.99 (9781592538157). Gr. 4–8.

This introduces four artists and lots of art projects, with each chapter focusing on a particular medium.

eds-choice Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2014
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.

Arts & Literature

33 Artists in 3 Acts. By Sarah Thornton. Norton, $26.95 (9780393240979).

Thornton profiles 33 artists from around the world, including Ai Weiwei and Cindy Sherman, and shares their perceptions of what it means to be an artist now.

Booklist Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources, 2014

eds-choiceBioethics. 4th ed. Ed. by Bruce Jennings. 6v. 2014. Macmillan, $984 (9780028662053).

This new edition has grown to six volumes. An international group of contributors with academic affiliations helps this set continue to bridge the gap between science, medicine, and technology and the philosophical, ethical, religious, legal, and social dilemmas that rapid advances in the laboratory create.

The Human Age Top of the List : 2014

Adult Nonfiction

The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, by Diane Ackerman (Norton)

Without denying that the Human Age has triggered global warming and a terrifying mass extinction, Ackerman banks on our ability to address looming crises with creativity and determination in this precisely illuminating, witty, and resplendently expressive guide to the framework for a more positively human and humane future. —Donna Seaman, Booklist, July 2014

top10-crafts-gardening Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books: 2014
By Brad Hooper and Donna Seaman

Putting your hands to good use is the theme of these top-notch gardening and arts and crafts books, all reviewed in Booklist between December 15, 2013, and December 1, 2014.

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm. By Barbara Parry. Shambhala/Roost, $27.95 (9781590308233).

column_back-page The Back Page: Bars, Real and Imagined
By Bill Ott

I love bars and books about bars, which is why I was drawn to two recent compilations of writers’ and movie stars’ favorite watering holes. Mark Bailey’s Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History (Algonquin) takes thirsty readers from the silent era to modern times, recalling celebrated tipplers and their favorite hangouts. The emphasis here, naturally, given the tax brackets of the celebs, is on classy gin joints.

Vitamin-Detective Story behind the Story: Catherine Price’s Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection
By Donna Seaman

Vitamin Detective

Curiosity, keen intelligence, energetic attentiveness, a sense of adventure, and a love of sharing discoveries are essential traits for a science writer. Add humor and ebullience and you have Catherine Price, whose byline has appeared in the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate and Salon, Parade, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

column_at-leisure At Leisure with Joyce Saricks: Big Books for a Long Winter’s Night
By Joyce Saricks

It’s December, a month so filled with social and work activities that it’s hard to believe we’ll ever have time for anything relaxing—like reading—again. Knowing how busy our lives are this month, I write this column looking forward to January, when life settles down and those long winter nights invite curling up with a good book. In Chicago, where it’s bound to be cold, I’m already longing for a comfy chair, purring cats (preferably not ensconced on my reading material), a stack of novels, and perhaps some Glühwein left over from the holidays. What could be better?

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