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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews

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ljsEvery Saturday and Sunday morning issue of the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper includes the “The (402) 411” section. Included in that section of the paper each week are regular author profiles and book reviews, by both local reviewers and national review services. Due to the regular popularity of the titles reviewed in the paper, we’ve designed this page of the Lincoln City Libraries’ Web site as a simple listing of the books recently reviewed in the Lincoln Journal Star, with links into the library’s holdings for all the listed books which are currently in the collection. If a title below is not hotlinked, this is an indication that the library does not currently own that book, but you may consider requesting the title through the services of our Interlibrary Loan department, or suggesting that we purchase it via our on-line Suggest-a-Title form.

Note: Although the Lincoln Journal Star is reviewing fewer books in the print edition of the paper, they are including many more syndicated book reviews (from outside sources) on their website. This index on BookGuide is primarily to the reviews that have appeared in the print edition of the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper — UPDATE: Starting in May 2019, we now also provide a list of the titles reviewed by the LJS only on their website as well.

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last updated September 3, 2021

2021 Selections

Books reviewed in August

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (August 30-September 4):


The James Naismith Reader: Basketball in His Own Words
by Douglas Stark

Non-Fiction — ( not currently in the libraries’ collection )


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (August 23-28):


Razorblade Tears
by S.A. Cosby

Fiction — Cosby


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (August 16-21):


No local book review appeared in the physical August 15, 2021 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (August 9-14):


Wayward
by Dana Spiotta

Fiction — Spiotta


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (August 2-7):


How I Saved the World
by Jesse Watters

Non-Fiction — Biography Watters


Books reviewed in July

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (July 26-31):


Blood Grove
by Walter Mosley

Fiction – Mosley


The Hero’s Way: Walking With Garibaldi From Rome to Ravenna
by Tim Parks

Non-Fiction — 914.5 Par


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (July 19-24):


Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life: A Memoir
by Carol Smith

Non-Fiction — Libraries own only as E-book and E-audiobook from Hoopla


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (July 12-17):


The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live
by Danielle Dreilinger

Non-Fiction — 640 Dre


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (July 5-10):


Tiger in the Sea: The Ditching of Tiger 923 and the Desperate Struggle for Survival
by Eric Lindner

Non-Fiction — currently available only in E-book format from the libraries


Books reviewed in June

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 28-July 3):


Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II
by Daniel James Brown

Non-Fiction — 940.541 Bro


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 21-26):


Wahoo Sam Crawford: The King of Sluggers
by Kent Krause

Non-Fiction — Heritage Biography Crawford


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 14-19):

  • The Cape Doctor by E.J. Levy
  • Ivory Shoals by John Brandon
  • Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan
  • Arsenic and Adobo by Jim Shepard
  • The Passenger by Chaney Kwak
  • Everything I Have is Yours by Eleanor Henderson

Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Non-Fiction — 364.106 Ore


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 7-12):


Things We Lost to the Water
by Eric Nguyen

Fiction — Nguyen


A Deep, Deep Snow
by Brian Freeman

Fiction — Freeman


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (May 31 – June 5):


Books reviewed in May

The Secret to Superhuman Strength
written and illustrated by Alison Bechdel

Non-Fiction — 741.5 Bec


The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted and illustrated by K. Woodman-Maynard

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Moon of the Snowblind
Written and illustrated by Gary Kelley

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Save It for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest
Written and illustrated by Nate Powell

Non-Fiction — Available only as a Hoopla E-comic book


I Held Lincoln: A Union Sailor’s Journey Home
by Richard E. Quest

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (May 24-29):


1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK
by David Krell

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (May 17-22):


Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Red Sox in Their Own Words
by Erik Sherman

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (May 10-15):


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.
by Les Payne and Tamera Payne

Non-Fiction — Biography Malcolm


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (May 3-8):


Churchill’s Band of Brothers: WWII’s Most Daring D-Day Mission and the Hunt to Take Down Hitler’s Fugitive War Criminals
by Damien Lewis

Non-Fiction — Library currently only owns as a Hoopla E-book


Books reviewed in April

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (April 26-May 1):


Made in China: A Prisoner, An SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods
by Amelia Pang

Non-Fiction — 331.11 Pan


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (April 19-24):


Sid and the Boys: Playing Ball in the Face of Race and Big Business
by Carl McCullough

Non-Fiction — not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (April 12-17):


Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home
by Alexander Wolff

Non-Fiction — libraries only have this in electronic formats


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (April 5-10):


An Extravagant Death
by Charles Finch

Fiction — Finch


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 29-April 3):


Books reviewed in March

The Survivors
by Jane Harper

Fiction — Harper


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 22-27):


Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins, and WWII Heroes
by Tim Brady (Brady)

Non-Fiction — ( On Order )


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 15-20):


More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser
edited by Jessica Poli, Marco Abel and Timothy Schaffert

Non-Fiction — Heritage 811 Koo


Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems
by Grace Bauer

Non-Fiction — Heritage 811 Bau


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 8-13):


A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South
by Ben Montgomery

Fiction — Dorsey


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 1-6):


Books reviewed in February


Tropic of Stupid
by Tim Dorsey

Fiction — Dorsey


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (February 22-27):


Watch Her
by Edwin Hill

Fiction — Hill


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (February 16-20):


No local book review appeared in the physical February 14, 2021 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (February 8-13):


No local book review appeared in the physical February 7, 2021 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (February 1-6):


Books reviewed in January


Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku
by Natalie Goldberg

Non-Fiction — [ available from the libraries only in E-book format ]

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 25-30):


No local book review appeared in the physical January 24, 2021 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 18-23):


The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest
by Ed Caesar

Non-Fiction — Biography Wilson


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 11-16):


World of Wonders: In Praise of Firelies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishmens
by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Non-Fiction — 590 Nez


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 4-9):


A Hanging at Dawn
by Charles Todd

Fiction — Todd


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (December 28 – January 2):


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