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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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2020 Selections

Books reviewed in October

Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America
by Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – 970.1 Ore


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


No local book review appeared in the physical October 11, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


No local book review appeared in the physical October 4, 2020 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (September 28 – October 3):


Books reviewed in September

No local book review appeared in the physical September 27, 2020 issue of the paper.


On Distant Service: The Life of the First U.S. Foreign Service Officer to be Assassinated
by Susan M. Stein

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

No local book review appeared in the physical September 13, 2020 issue of the paper.


No local book review appeared in the physical September 6, 2020 issue of the paper.


Books reviewed in August

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
by Larry Tye

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 (August 24-29):


Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between
by Eric Nusbaum

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

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


The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories
by Mark Bowden

Non-Fiction – 364.109 Bow


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

  • A Dangerous Breed by Glen Erik Hamilton
  • We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin
  • A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke
  • The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves by Thomas D. Peacock
  • The Story of Gardening by Penelope Hobhouse and Ambra Edwards
  • After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America by Jessica Goudeau

Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars
by Joyce Carol Oates

Fiction – Oates


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


The Last Tourist
by Olen Steinhauer

Fiction – Steinhauer


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (July 27-August 1):


Books reviewed in July

Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets and Survival Under Hitler
by Svenja O’Donnell

Non-Fiction [Biography Irmen]

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


Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original
by Mitchell Nathanson

Non-Fiction [ On Order ]

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


In Our Other Lives
by Theodore Wheeler

Fiction – Sittenfeld


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


No local book review appeared in the physical July 5, 2020 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (June 29-July 4):


Books reviewed in June

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident
by Adam Kay

Fiction – Sittenfeld


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


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

No local book review appeared in the physical June 21, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


Rodham
by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction – Sittenfeld


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


Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell
by Tom Clavin

Non-Fiction – 978.02 Cla


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


Books reviewed in May

The Sentence is Death
by Anthony Horowitz

Fiction – Horowitz


Trust Exercise
by Susan Choi

Non-Fiction – 123.3 Coh


Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination
by Brian Jay Jones

Non-Fiction – Biography Seuss


The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks
by Ben Cohen

Non-Fiction – 123.3 Coh


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


No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing
by Joe Bonomo

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 18-23):


War Fever: Boston, Baseball, and America in the Shadow of the Great War
by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Non-Fiction [ On Order ]

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


No local book review appeared in the physical May 10, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


Redhead by the Side of the Road
by Anne Tyler

Fiction – Tyler


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

  • Spring by Ali Smith
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  • Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain by Danny Goldberg
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
  • American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks by Ben Cohen
  • This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home by Lauren Sandler
  • Inge’s War by Svenja O’Donnell
  • How to Feed a Dictator by Withold Szablowski
  • The following 40+ titles were from a syndicated article about the books used as research for the TV mini-series “Mrs. America”:
    • Sweetheart of the Silent Majority by Carol Felsenthal
    • Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics by Marjorie J. Spruill
    • Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad From the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom
    • The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem by Carolyn F. Heilbrun
    • Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph
    • Interviews With Betty Friedan edited by Janann Sherman
    • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
    • Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade by Donald T. Critchlow
    • The Republican War Against Women: An Insider’s Report From Behind the Lines by Tanya Melich
    • Bella!: Ms. Abzug Goes to Washington by Bella S. Abzug
    • Color Me Flo: My Hard Life and Times by Flo Kennedy
    • The Good Fight by Shirley Chisholm
    • It Changed My Life: Writings on the Women’s Movement by Betty Friedan
    • Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellion by Gloria Steinem
    • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
    • The Power of the Positive Woman by Phyllis Schlafly

Books reviewed in April

No local book review appeared in the physical April 26, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


Bruce Dern: A Memoir
by Bruce Dern with Christopher Fryer and Robert Crane

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 13-18):


No local book review appeared in the physical April 12, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit
by Eliese Colette Goldbach

Non-Fiction [ only available digitally via Hoopla from the libraries ]

Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (March 29-April 4):


Books reviewed in March

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz
by Erik Larson

Non-Fiction – 940.54 Lar


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


No local book review appeared in the physical March 22, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team
by Matthew Goodman

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

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


No local book review appeared in the physical March 8, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation
by Michael Powell

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

Books reviewed in February

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


Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History
by Elaine Sciolino

Non-Fiction – 944.36 Sci


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


The Seine: The River That Made Paris
by Brian Kilmeade

Non-Fiction – 976.4 Kil


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

  • Salt River by Randy Wayne White
  • You Can Only Yell at Me For One Thing at a Time by Roz Chast and Patricia Marx
  • Night Theater by Dr. Vikram Paralkar
  • Chanel’s Riviera by Anne DeCourey
  • In the Land of Men: A Memoir by Adrienne Miller
  • Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
  • Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie
  • All the Best Lies by Joanna Schauffhausen
  • The Burn by Kathleen Kent
  • Dead to Her by Sarah Pinsborough
  • The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
  • Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond edited by Marl Altman and Edward Gross

No local book review appeared in the physical February 9, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


No local book review appeared in the physical February 2, 2020 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (January 27 – Feb 1):


Books reviewed in January

Naked Came the Florida Man
by Tim Dorsey

Fiction – Dorsey

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


Why We Can’t Sleep
by Ada Calhoun

Non-Fiction – Hoopla ebook only


The Seine: The River That Made Paris
by Elaine Sciolino

Non-Fiction – 944.36 Sci


Bone Chalk
by Jim Reese

Fiction [ not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection ]

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


No local book review appeared in the physical January 12, 2020 issue of the paper.


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


No local book review appeared in the physical January 5, 2020 issue of the paper.


Between the Sundays: Syndicated book reviews published by the Journal Star only on their website (December 30 – January 4):


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