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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 26, 2022

2022 Selections

Books reviewed in September

 width=Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training
by Adam Stern, M.D.

Non-Fiction — Biography Stern


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


 width=The Fifth Act: America’s End in Afghanistan
by Elliot Ackerman

Non-Fiction — 958.104 Ack


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


Winter Work
by Dan Fesperman

Non-Fiction — 958.104 Ack


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


The Time Left Between Us
by Alicia DeFonzo

Non-Fiction — On Order


Books reviewed in August

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


City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life Into a Dying American Town
by Susan Hartman

Non-Fiction — On Order


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


From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters From Nebraska’s Death Row
by Lisa Knopp

Non-Fiction — Available from the libraries only as a Hoopla E-book


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


Crown and Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, From William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II
by Tracy Borman

Non-Fiction — 942 Bor


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


Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels
by Paul Pringle

Non-Fiction — 362.29 Pri


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


Books reviewed in July

Sleeping Alone: Stories
by Ru Freeman

Fiction — Not currently in the libraries’ collection


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


The Wet Hex
by Sun Yung Shin

Non-Fiction — Libraries have E-book only of this poetry collection


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


In the Houses of Their Dead: The Lincolns, The Booths, and The Spirits
by Terry Alford

Non-Fiction — On Order


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


Just Tyrus
by Tyrus

Non-Fiction — On Order


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


The Temps
by Andrew DeYoung

Fiction — DeYoung


The Sisters Sweet
by Elizabeth Weiss

Fiction — Weiss


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 27-July 2):


Books reviewed in June

Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation
by Maud Newton

Non-Fiction — Biography Newton


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 20-25):


Churchill’s Great Escapes: Seven Incredible Escapes Made by WWII Heroes
by Damien Lewis

Non-Fiction — currently available from the libraries only as a Hoopla E-book


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 13-18):


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 6-11):


Two Storm Wood
by Philip Gray

Fiction — Gray


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


Books reviewed in May

Home or Away
by Kathleen West

Fiction — West


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


Quest for the Presidency: The Storied and Surprising History of Presidential Campaigns in America
by Bob Riel

Non-Fiction — 324.873 Rie


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


Chasing the Ghost Bear: On the Trail of America’s Last Super Beast
by Mike Stark

Non-Fiction — Not currently in the libraries’ collection


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


How Did I Do That? A Life of Risk and Reward
by Bill Dutcher

Non-Fiction — Library only has in E-book format


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


Very Cold People
by Sarah Manguso

Fiction — Not currently in the libraries’ collection


Books reviewed in April

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


Thank You, Mr. Nixon
by Gish Jen

Fiction — Gen


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

  • Shelter: A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore by Lawrence Jackson
  • Passersthrough by Peter Rock
  • The Unwritten Book: An Investigation by Samantha Hunt
  • Splendid Anatomies by Allison Wyss
  • From Hollywood With Love by Scott Meslow

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now
by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang

Non-Fiction — 305.8 AsiYy


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


Cost of Living: Essays
by Emily Maloney

Non-Fiction — Biography Maloney


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


The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife
by Brad Balukjian

Non-Fiction — Libraries currently have only in a Hoopla downloadable Audiobook format


Books reviewed in March

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 28-April 2):


The Nineties: A Book
by Chuck Klosterman

Non-Fiction — 306.097 Klo


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


South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
by Imani Perry

Non-Fiction — 917.5 Per


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


Watergate: A New History
by Garrett M. Graff

Non-Fiction — Music 781.66 Kay


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


1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir
by Ai Weiwei

Non-Fiction — Not currently in the libraries’ collection


Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return
by Rebecca Mead

Non-Fiction — Not currently in the libraries’ collection


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (February February 28 – March 5):


Books reviewed in February

Our Country Friends
by Gary Shteyngart

Non-Fiction — Music 781.66 Kay


A Previous Life: Another Posthumous Novel
by Edmund White

Non-Fiction — Music 781.66 Kay


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


Old Poets: Reminiscences and Opinions
by Donald Hall

Hoopla E-book


Lightning Striking
by Kenny Kaye

Non-Fiction — Music 781.66 Kay


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


The Fortune Men
by Nadifa Mohamed

Fiction — Mohamed


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


Tell Me How to Be
by Neel Patel

Non-Fiction — 614.49 Kan


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 31-February 5):


Books reviewed in January


20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio
by Scott Eyman

Non-Fiction — 791.438 TweYe


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


Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases
by Lydia Kang M.D. and Nate Pedersen

Non-Fiction — 614.49 Kan


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


The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People
by Rick Bragg

Fiction — Harding


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


Bright Burning Things
by Lisa Harding

Fiction — Harding


The Writing of the Gods
by Edward Dolnick

Non-Fiction — 493.1 Dol


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


What Just Happened: Notes on a Long Year
by Charles Finch

Non-Fiction — 814 Fin


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