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Books for Youth
By Alix Wood
Can a stone wall be art? What about a giant rubber duck? Is calling it art all that matters? On splashy pages with eye-catching graphics and full-color photos of a variety of works, some less than a year old, this engaging volume in the But Is It Art?
Top 10 Series Nonfiction: 2015
By Daniel Kraus
There’s a certain sense of maturity to this year’s list of the top 10 nonfiction series launched in the past year. Thankfully, series on cell-phone safety, global disasters, and the dark side of sports are buoyed by some of our old favorites: cool jobs, cryptozoology, and weather.
Cell Phones and Society (ReferencePoint)
Gr. 9–12. Tackling a topic near and dear to teen readers’ hearts.
Travel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2015
By Brad Hooper
Will spring ever arrive? Positive thinking is made a little easier if you spend some cold winter evenings curled up with travel guides, planning that spring trip. To that end, we present our latest roundup of travel guides that have been published over the past six months.
(Globe Pequot, paper). Bradt Guides Montenegro. 5th edition. $25.99 (9781841628578).
Notable Books: 2015
This list has been compiled for use by the general reader and by librarians who work with adults. The Notable Books Council, ALA Reference and User Services Association, has selected the titles for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. All titles were published in 2014.
By Miriam Toews. McSweeney’s, $24 (9781940450278). All My Puny Sorrows.
Carte Blanche: My New Year’s Resolution
By Michael Cart
New Year’s Day has come and gone, and I find myself wondering—a bit impertinently, perhaps—what New Year’s resolutions you made and whether you’ve managed to keep them. As for me, I seldom make any formal resolutions, only tacit ones. I think halfheartedly, for example, about being more patient, about going to the gym more often, eating less chocolate, getting less apoplectic about the news of the day, and so on.
Amelia Bloomer List: 2015
Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18. The titles below, published between September 2013 and December 2014, make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at
http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/. Titles published in 2013 are noted; all others were published in 2014.