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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2013


ljsEvery 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.

2013 Selections

Books reviewed in December

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
by Ann Patchett

Non-Fiction — Biography Patchett

The Gods of Guilt
by Michael Connelly

Fiction — Connelly

Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II
by Ben H. Winters

Fiction — Winters

My Mistake: A Memoir
by Daniel Menaker

Non-Fiction — Menaker

The Great Heist: The Story of the Biggest Bank Robbery in History, and Why the Money Was Returned
by Jeff McArthur 

Non-Fiction — 364.155 McA

Read Sandy W.’s review of The Great Heist in the April 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide
See the Nebraska Author Jeff McArthur resource page here on BookGuide

The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics – and Can Again
by Joe Scarborough

Non-Fiction — 324.273 Sca

Spirit of Steamboat
by Craig Johnson

Fiction — Johnson

Read Charlotte M.’s review of The Spirit of Steamboat in the December 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
edited by Otto Penzler

Non-Fiction — 813.08 Pen

Read Scott C.’s review of The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries in the December 2014 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Silent Night
by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann

Fiction — Parker

Duck the Halls
by Donna Andrews

Fiction — Andrews

The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fiction — Vasquez

Big Jim Exon: A Political Biography
by Charles M. Pallesen Jr. and Samuel Van Pelt 

Non-Fiction — Biography Exon

by Jeff Abbott

Fiction — Abbott

by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White

Brown Dog: Novellas
by Jim Harrison 

Fiction — Harrison

The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan

Fiction — Tan

Custer, Cody and Grand Duke Alexis: Historical Archaeology of the Royal Buffalo
by Douglas D. Scott, Peter Bleed and Stephen Damm

Non-Fiction — 978.283 Sco

The Color War
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — (an original e-novella only available for purchase online) ( not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection )

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Fiction — Eggers

Double Down: Game Change 2012
by Mark Halperin and John Heileman

Non-Fiction — 324.973 Hal

Critical Mass
by Sara Paretsky

Fiction — Paretsky

Critical Mass was the selected title for discussion at the August 2016 Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group meeting.

Books reviewed in November

Rendezvous With Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took American Into the War and Into the World
by Michael Fullilove

Non-Fiction — 973.917 Ful

The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Fiction — Gilbert

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
by James Bowen

Non-Fiction — Biography Bowen

Read Scott C.’s review of A Street Cat Named Bob in the September 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Dallas 1963
by Bill Minutaglio

Non-Fiction — 973.922 Min

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

Fiction — Tartt

Read Library Director Pat Leach’s review of The Goldfinch in her Firefly blog on May 15 2014 on the library’s website

The Double
by George Pelecanos

Fiction — Pelecanos

Sycamore Row
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham

The Death of Santini: The story of a Father and His Son
by Pat Conroy

Non-Fiction — Biography Conroy

The Final Cut
by Catherine Coulter

Fiction — Coulter

Skinnygirl Solutions: Your Straight-Up Guide to Home, Healthy, Family, Careers, Style and Sex
by Bethenny Frankel

Non-Fiction — 646.7 Fra

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
by Helen Fielding

Fiction — Fielding

Books reviewed in October

Command and Control
by Eric Schlosser

Non-Fiction — 363.17 Sch

by A. Scott Berg

Non-Fiction — Biography Wilson

Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence
edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Non-Fiction — 811.08 Wis

One Summer: America 1927
by Bill Bryson

Non-Fiction — 973.91 Bry

The Mayan Secrets: A Fargo Adventure
by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry

Fiction — Cussler

Odds Against Tomorrow
by Nathaniel Rich

Fiction — Rich

Doctor Sleep
by Stephen King

Fiction — King

Read Scott C.’s review of the audiobook version of Doctor Sleep in the March 2014 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Storm Front
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford

The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity and the Battle for America’s Future
by Michael Levi

Non-Fiction — Levi

Love by Drowning
by C.E. Poverman

Fiction — ( not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection )

by Margaret Atwood

Fiction — Atwood

Books reviewed in September

This Town — Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! in America’s Gilded Capital
by Mark Leibovich

Non-Fiction – 973.5 Lei

Never Go Back
by Lee Child

Fiction — Child

The Annals of Unsolved Crime
by Edward Jay Epstein

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Eps

Witch Wraith
by Terry Brooks

Fiction — Brooks

The Astronaut Wives Club
by Lily Koppel

Non-Fiction — 629.45 Kop

Read Tracy T.’s review of The Astronaut Wives Club in the April 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Love Potion Number 10
by Betsy Woodman

Fiction — Woodman

Bleeding Edge
by Thomas Pynchon

Fiction — Pynchon

Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America
by Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman

Non-Fiction — 363.325 Apu

Crossing Purgatory
by Gary Schanbacher

Fiction — Schanbacher

Mystery Girl
by David Gordon

Fiction — Gordon

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol
by Gyles Brandreth

Fiction — Brandreth

Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and Dixie’s Last Quarter
by Randy Roberts and Ed Krzemienksi

Non-Fiction — 796.33 Rob

The Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank That Runs the World
by Adam LeBor

Non-Fiction — 332.1 Leb

The English Girl
by Daniel Silva

Fiction — Silva

A Tap on the Window
by Linwood Barclay

Fiction — Barclay

Books reviewed in August

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl

Fiction — Pessl

Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports, From the Guy Who’s Lived It
by Matthew Berry

Non-Fiction — Berry

Choke Point
by Ridley Pearson

Fiction — Pearson

The Fame Thief
by Timothy Hallinan

Fiction — Berry

Trains and Lovers
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
by Jonathan Alter

Non-Fiction — Biography Obama

The Highway
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box

Light of the World
by James Lee Burke

Fiction — Burke

The Innocence Game
by Michael Harvey

Fiction — Harvey

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Fiction — Marra

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

Non-Fiction — Biography Gardner

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
by Michael Moss

Non-Fiction — 613.2 Mos

Books reviewed in July

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
by Denise Kiernan

Non-Fiction — 940.53 Kie

Read Kristen A.’s review of The Girls of Atomic City in the November 2016 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

The Oracle Code
by Charles Brokaw

Fiction — ( not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection )

Burlington Northern Branch Lines: The Nebraska Experience
by Jim Reisdorff

Non-Fiction — Reisdorff

The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings Into Space
by Michelle Evans

Non-Fiction — Evans

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Fiction — Gaiman

Read Wyatt P.’s review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane in the August 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Death Zones & Darling Spies
by Beverly Deepe Keever

Non-Fiction — Keever

Death Zones & Darling Spies was the 2015 selection for One Book One Nebraska

by Stephen King

Fiction — King

Read Tracy T.’s review of Joyland in the February 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

The Third Bullet
by Stephen Hunter

Fiction — Hunter

Behind the Count
by Kent Krause

Non-Fiction — Krause

The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture
by Mary Pipher 

Non-Fiction — 303.4 Pip

See the Nebraska Author Mary Pipher resource page here on BookGuide

 width=Losing the Ring in the River
by Marge Saiser 

Non-Fiction — 811 Sai

The Kill Room
by Jeffery Deaver

Fiction — Deaver

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Fiction — Sittenfeld

Books reviewed in June

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns
by Lauren Weisberger

Fiction — Weisberger

The Suitors
by Cecile David-Weill

Fiction — David-Weill

The Heist
by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Fiction — Evanovich

Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction — Hiaasen

Dakota, the Story of the Northern Plains
by Norman K. Risford  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.3 Ris

The Polaris Effect: A Capelli and Ford Mystery
by A.E. Fairfield 

Fiction — Fairfield

The King’s Deception
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry

Breaking Point
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box

Zero Hour
by Clive Cussler

Fiction — Cussler

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell  nebauthormini

Fiction — Rowell

See the Nebraska Author Rainbow Rowell resource page here on BookGuide

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris and the Renegades of Nashville
by Michael Streissguth

Non-Fiction — Music 781.642 Str

Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal
by Jon Weiderhorn and Katherine Turman

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

A Delicate Truth
by John LeCarre

Fiction — LeCarre.

The Ophelia Cut
by John Lescroart

Fiction — Lescroart.

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45
by Rick Atkinson

Non-Fiction — 940.542 Atk.

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

Fiction — Hosseini.

The Bughouse Affair
by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Fiction — Muller

Read Scott C.’s review of The Bughouse Affair in the September 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Books reviewed in May

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor

Non-Fiction — Biography Sotomayor

by Dan Brown

Fiction — Brown

Little Green
by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II: 1939-1941
by Lynne Olson

Non-Fiction — 940.53 Ols

A Thousand Pardons
by Jonathan Dee

Fiction — Dee

Silken Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford

by Sonali Deraniyagala

Non-Fiction — Biography Deraniyagala

From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism
by Eileen M. Wirth 

Non-Fiction — 070.4 Wir

Night Moves
by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White

Wise Men
by Stuart Nadler

Fiction — Nadler

Paris: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd

Fiction — Rutherfurd

The Blood Gospel
by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

Fiction — Rollins.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think
by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Non-Fiction — 636.7 Har

Books reviewed in April

House of Earth: A Novel
by Woody Guthrie

Fiction — Guthrie

Brooklyn Zoo: The Education of a Psychotherapist
by Darcy Lockman

Non-Fiction — Biography Lockman

Six Years
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben

by Mary Roach

Non-Fiction — 612.3 Roa

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Non-Fiction — 629.4 Tys

Mom & Me & Mom
by Maya Angelou

Non-Fiction — Biography Angelou

by Walter Mosley

Fiction — Mosley (E-book only)

Ike & Dick
by Jeffrey Frank

Non-Fiction — 973.92 Fra

by Amith Shlaes

Non-Fiction — Biography Coolidge

The Intercept
by Dick Wolf

Fiction — Wolf

The Typewriter Girl
by Alison Atlee

Fiction — Atlee

The Night Ranger
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson

Ice Cold Kill
by Dana Haynes

Fiction — Haynes

Books reviewed in March

Out of Order
by Sandra Day O’Connor

Non-Fiction — 347.732 Oco

by Robert Marshall Utley

Non-Fiction — Biography Geronimo

Middle C
by William H. Gass

Fiction — Gass

Haven’s Wake
by Ladette Randolph  nebauthormini

Fiction — Randolph

Read Meredith M.’s review of Haven’s Wake in the September 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History Making Race Around the World
by Matthew Goodman

Non-Fiction — 910.41 Goo

The Da Vinci Deception
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan

The Cezanne Chase
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan

The Final Faberge
by Thomas Swan

Fiction — Swan

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend
by Glenn Frankel

Non-Fiction — 791.437 SeaYf

What Happened to Sophie Wilder
by Christopher Beha

Fiction — Beha

Standing Firmly By the Flag, Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867
by James E. Potter  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — 978.2 Pot

The Sound of Broken Glass
by Deborah Crombie

Fiction — Crombie.

by Kent Haruf

Fiction — Haruf

See the Nebraska Author Kent Haruf resource page here on BookGuide
Read Meredith M.’s review of Benediction in the September 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

The Storyteller
by Jodi Picoult

Fiction — Picoult

by Tosca Lee

Fiction — Lee

See the Nebraska Author Tosca Lee resource page here on BookGuide

The Witch of Babylon
by D.J. McIntosh

Fiction — McIntosh

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders

Fiction — Sanders

Charles Dickens: A Life
by Claire Tomalin

Non-Fiction — Biography Dickens

After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story
by Michael Hainey

Non-Fiction — Biography Hainey

Books reviewed in February

My Brother’s Book
by Maurice Sendak

Fiction — YA Sendak

The Pigeon Pie Mystery
by Julia Stuart

Fiction — Stuart

Touch & Go
by Lisa Gardner

Fiction — Gardner

Cover of Snow
by Jenny Milchman

Fiction — Milchner

Threat Vector
by Tom Clancy

Fiction — Clancy

The Drowning House
by Elizabeth Black

Fiction — Black

Detroit: An American Autopsy
by Charlie LeDuff

Non-Fiction — 977.434 Led

Wake of the Perdido Star
by Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan

Fiction — Hackman

Embracing Fry Bread: Confessions of a Wannabe Nebraska Author
by Roger Welsch  nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Biography Welsch

See the Nebraska Author Roger Welsch resource page here on BookGuide

Insane City
by Dave Barry

Fiction — Barry

by Bernard Cornwell

Fiction — Cornwell

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s King of Beers
by William Knoedelseder

Non-Fiction — 338.76 AnhYk

Good Prose: The Art of Non-Fiction
by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

Non-Fiction — 808.02 Kid

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
by Jared Diamond

Non-Fiction — 303.4 Dia

Books reviewed in January

by Marty Schottenheimer with Jeffrey Flanagan

Non-Fiction — Biography Schottenheimer

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
by Jane Yolen

Fiction — j Yolen

Out of the Blue
by Victor Cruz

Non-Fiction — ( Libraries have Young Readers Edition, E-Book format only )

The Dallas Cowboys
by Joe Nick Patoski

Non-Fiction — Patoski (Not owned by the Lincoln City Libraries)

Luther: The Calling
by Neil Gross

Fiction — Gross

The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century
by Margaret Talbot

Non-Fiction — Biography Talbot

The Art Forger
by B.A. Shapiro

Fiction — Shapiro

The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I
by Stephen Alford

Non-Fiction — 942.055 Alf

Back to Blood
by Tom Wolfe

Fiction — Wolfe

Both Flesh and Not: Essays
by David Foster Wallace

Non-Fiction — 814 Wal

A Memory of Light
by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

Fiction — Jordan

See the Nebraska Author Brandon Sanderson resource page here on BookGuide

Pro Bono
by Jeff McArthur

Non-Fiction — 364.152 McA

See the Nebraska Author Jeff McArthur resource page here on BookGuide
See the Murder on the Plains: Charles Starkweather resource page here on the Lincoln City Libraries’ website!

A Disposition to be Rich: How a Small Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States
by Geoffrey Ward

Non-Fiction — Biography Ward

Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds
by Jim Sterba

Non-Fiction — 304.2 Ste

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