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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2014


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.

2014 Selections

Books reviewed in December

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History
by Rhonda Garelick

Non-Fiction — Biography Chanel

The Escape
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci

Eisenhower: A Life
by Paul Johnson

Non-Fiction — Biography Eisenhower

Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014
by Alice Munro

Fiction — Munro

The Means
by Douglas Brunt

Fiction — Brunt

Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen

Fiction — YA Hiassen

Betty Page: Queen of Covers
by Petra Mason and Bunny Yeager

Non-Fiction — Mason

The Life & Love of Dogs
by Lewis Blackwell

Non-Fiction — Blackwell

The Andy Warhol Diaries
by Pat Hackett

Non-Fiction — 759.13 War [Libraries have older edition]

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
edited by Leslie Klinger

Non-Fiction — Klinger

by Kathryn Altman and Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan

Non-Fiction — Altman (Libraries only have E-book edition via Hoopla)

The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014
edited by David Handler

Non-Fiction — Handler

Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan

Fiction — Horan

by Lee Child

Fiction — Child

Worthy Fights
by Leon Panetta

Non-Fiction — Biography Panetta

Books reviewed in November

The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food
by Ted Genoways

Non-Fiction — 338.76 HorYg

A Different Plain
edited by Ladette Randolph

Non-Fiction — 813.08 Ran

Read Meredith M.’s review of A Different Plain in the September 2012 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!

Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder
by Donald Bain

Fiction — Bain

Cold Shot
by Mark Henshaw

Fiction — Henshaw

Leaving the Pink House
by Ladette Randolph

Biography — Randolph

Gray Mountain
by John Grisham

Fiction — Grisham

Chestnut Street
by Maeve Binchy

Fiction — Binchy

Some Luck
by Jane Smiley

Fiction — Smiley

Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation
by Steve Vogel

Non-Fiction — 973.52 Vog

A Captain for Laura Rose
by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Fiction — Whitson

See the Nebraska Author Stephanie Grace Whitson resource page here on BookGuide.

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession
by Dana Goldstein

Non-Fiction — 371.102 Gol

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
by Fannie Flagg

Fiction — Flagg

The Heist
by Daniel Silva

Fiction — Silva

100 Things Nebraska Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die
by Sean Callahan

Non-Fiction — 796.332 NebYc

Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who
by James Chapman and I.B. Tauris

Non-Fiction — Chapman

Doctor Who: Character Encyclopedia
by Jason Loborik, Annabel Gibson

Non-Fiction — 791.457 DocYl

Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who
by Justin Richards

Non-Fiction — Richards

Doctor Who: The Vault – Treasures From the First 50 Years
by Marcus Hearn

Non-Fiction — Hearn

Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects
by Steve Tribe and James Goss

Non-Fiction — Tribe

Who-ology – Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany
by Cavan Scott

Non-Fiction — 791.457 DocYs

Read Scott C.’s review of Who-ology – Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany in the November 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories
by eleven different authors


Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
by Michael Moorcock

Fiction — Moorcock

Doctor Who: Harvest of Time
by Alistair Reynolds

Fiction — Reynolds

Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice
by Stephen Baxter

Fiction — Baxter

Doctor Who: Shada – The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams
by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts

Fiction — Adams

Books reviewed in October

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks
by Dick Cavett

Non-Fiction — Biography Cavett

Read Scott C.’s review of Brief Encounters in the July 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

Palisades Park
by Alan Brennert

Fiction — Brennert

From Picas to Bytes: Four Generations of Seacrest Newspaper Service to Nebraska
by Faith A. Colburn

Non-Fiction — Biography Seacrest

The Children Act
by Ian McEwan

Fiction — McEwan

The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell

Fiction — Mitchell

Wild Idea, Buffalo and Family in a Different Land
by Dan O’Brien

Non-Fiction — O’Brien

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned
by Lena Dunham

Non-Fiction — Biography Dunham

Books reviewed in September

Lucky Us
by Amy Bloom

Fiction — Bloom

Night Heron
by Adam Brookes

Fiction — Brookes

The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer

Fiction — Wolitzer

The Calamities of Kalamity Kate: A History of Nebraska’s Children’s TV Shows
by Leta Powell Drake

Non-Fiction — Biography Drake

Uncaged: The Singular Menace, Book 1
by John Sandford and Michelle Cook

Fiction — Sandford

The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen
by Tosca Lee

Fiction — Lee

See the Nebraska Author Tosca Lee page resource here on BookGuide.

by Patrick Lee

Fiction — Lee

Books reviewed in August

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

Non-Fiction — Biography Poehler

Read Cait L.’s review of the audiobook version of Yes Please in the April 2020 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned
by Lena Dunham

Non-Fiction — Biography Dunham

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin

Non-Fiction — 813 Mar

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
by Neil Patrick Harris

Non-Fiction — Biography Harris

Night Heron
by Adam Brookes

Fiction — Brookes

The Crossword Century
by Alan Connor

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

Elephant Hunt Massacre
by Jon Steinman

Fiction — Steinman

Uncaged: The Singular Menace, Book 1
by John Sandford and Michele Cook

Fiction — YA Sandford

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

Fiction — j Dahl

Read Tracy T.’s review of the audiobook version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the June 2018 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide!

One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes

Fiction — Moyes

The Boost
by Stephen Baker

Fiction — Baker

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death
by Colson Whitehead

Non-Fiction — 795.412 Whi

The Silkworm
by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)

Fiction — Galbraith

by Rainbow Rowell

Fiction — Rowell

See the Nebraska Author Rainbow Rowell resource page here on BookGuide.

Read Sarah J.’s review of Landline in the September 2014 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

Sniper’s Honor
by Stephen Hunter

Fiction — Hunter

Books reviewed in July

All I Love and Know
by Judith Frank

Fiction — Frank

Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster
by Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

Non-Fiction — 977 Kle

Emeralds Included
by Betsy Woodman

Fiction — Woodman

River City Empire, Tony Dennison’s Omaha
by Orville D. Menard

Non-Fiction — Biography Dennison

The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act
by Clay Risen

Non-Fiction — 323.4 Ris

Lincoln’s Early Architecture
by Matthew Hansen, James McKee, Ed Zimmer

Non-Fiction — 978.229 Han

Books reviewed in June

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
by Dave Eggers

Fiction — Eggers

The Painter
by Peter Heller

Fiction — Heller

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonders From the World of Plants
by Jane Goodall

Non-Fiction — 580 Goo

by Ruth Reichl

Fiction — Reichl

Stone Cold
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box

The Lincoln Myth
by Steve Berry

Fiction — Berry

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Non-Fiction — 973.911 Goo

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen
by Nicholas Christopher

Fiction — YA Christopher

The Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage
by Linda Battisti and John Stevens Berry Sr.

Non-Fiction — Biography Fugate

See the Murder on the Plains: Charles Starkweather resource page here on the Lincoln City Libraries’ website!

The Last Days of the Rainbelt
by David Wishart

Non-Fiction — 978.032 Wis

Red Geraniums
by Sally Salisbury Stoddard

Fiction — Stoddard

American Romantic
by Ward Just

Fiction — Just

Books reviewed in May

All That Is
by James Salter

Fiction — Salter

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade
by Adam Minter

Non-Fiction — 338.4 Min

Road to Reckoning
by Robert Lautner

Fiction — Lautner

Morning: Last Poems
by Don Welch

Non-Fiction — 811 Wel

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church
by Alex Beam

Non-Fiction — 289.3 Bea

The Last Kind Words Saloon
by Larry McMurtry

Fiction — McMurtry

The Letters of Robert Frost Volume I 1896-1920
edited by Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson and Robert Faggen

Non-Fiction — Morgan

Why I Read
by Wendy Lesser

Non-Fiction — Biography Lesser

Children of the Revolution
by Peter Robinson

Fiction — Robinson

Books reviewed in April

The Secret Life of William Shakespeare
by Jude Morgan

Fiction – Morgan

Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives and the Biology of Political Differences
by John R. Hibbing, Kevin Smith and John R. Alford

Non-Fiction — 320.5 Hib

The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning
by Julene Bair

Non-Fiction — Biography Bair

Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery and the Epic Hunt for Justice
by Scott Helman

Non-Fiction — 363.325 Hel

The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning
by Alicia Silverstone

Non-Fiction — 618.178 Sil

The Nebraska State Capitol: Restoring a Landmark
by BVH Architects

Non-Fiction — 725.11 Neb

Read Becky W.C.’s review of The Nebraska State Capitol: Restoring a Landmark in the November 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

One House; The Unicameral’s Progressive Vision for Nebraska
by Charlyne Berens

Non-Fiction — 328.782 Ber

Which Way, Yahwey? The Story of James Schmidt Thimm and His Death by the Rulo Cult
by Hilda Neufeld Schmidt

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Sch

Read Tracy T.’s review of Which Way, Yahwey? in the December 2014 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis

Fiction — Lewis

The Counterfeit Agent
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson

Books reviewed in March

The Meaning of Names: A Novel
by Karen Gettert Shoemaker

Fiction — Shoemaker

Who Discovered America: The Untold Story of the Peopling of the Americas
by Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson

Non-Fiction — 970.011 Men

Words of Radiance
by Brandon Sanderson

Fiction — Sanderson

See the Nebraska Author Brandon Sanderson page here on BookGuide.

Writing on the Wall: Social Media – the First 2000 Years
by Tom Standage

Non-Fiction — 302.23 Sta

An Officer and a Spy
by Robert Harris

Fiction — Harris

by Robert Crais

Fiction — Crais

See Charlotte M.’s review of Suspect in the April 2013 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox-News and Divided a Country
by Gabriel Sherman

Non-Fiction — 070.4 She

by Roger Hobbs

Fiction — Hobbs

The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America
by Allison Pataki

Fiction — Pataki

by Ace Atkins (continuing characters from Robert B. Parker)

Fiction — Atkins

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
by Robert Gates

Non-Fiction — Biography Gates

Spider Woman’s Daughter
by Anne Hillerman

Fiction — Hillerman

Books reviewed in February

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
by B.J. Novak

Fiction — Novak

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

Non-Fiction — 155.24 Gla

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
by Alexander McCall-Smith

Fiction — McCall-Smith

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting
by Jennifer Senior

Non-Fiction — 306.874 Sen

The Swan Gondola
by Timothy Schaffert

Fiction — Schaffert

See the Nebraska Author Timothy Schaffert page here on BookGuide.

The Third Temple
by Gary Gabelhouse

Fiction — Gabelhouse

Bucket List Bars: Historic Saloons, Pubs and Dives of America
by Dr. Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Non-Fiction — 647.95 Lan

My Life in Middlemarch
by Rebecca Mead

Non-Fiction — 823 EliYm

by Joyce Carol Oates

Fiction — Oates

Rosarito Beach
by M.A. Lawson

Fiction — Lawson

The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri

Fiction — Lahiri

See Library Director Pat Leach’s review of The Lowland in her Firefly blog on December 26, 2013.

by Sam Harris

Non-Fiction — 177.3 Har

Books reviewed in January

Dissident Gardens
by Jonathan Lethem

Fiction — Lethem

Hell on Wheels, Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad
by Dick Kreck

Non-Fiction — 978.02 Kre

Murder Below Montparnasse
by Cara Black

Fiction — Black

We Are Water
by Wally Lamb

Fiction — Lamb

The Prince of Risk
by Christopher Reich

Fiction — Reich

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, With Love and Pasta
by Jen Lin-Liu

Non-Fiction — Biography Lin-Liu

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
by Margaret MacMillan

Non-Fiction — 940.311 Mac

Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything
by Douglas Keister

Non-Fiction — Biography Keister

See Kim J.’s review of Heart-Land in the January 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland
by Ace Atkins

Fiction — Atkins

Crooked Numbers
by Tim O’Mara

Fiction — O’Mara

George Norris, Going Home, Reflections of a Progressive Statesman
by Gene A. Budig and Don Walton

Non-Fiction — Biography Norris

King and Maxwell
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci

The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Fiction — McBride

Read Library Director Pat Leach’s review of The Good Lord Bird in her Firefly blog on January 9, 2014.

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