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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2014


ljsunderconstruction250Every 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 — 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.

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 813.08 Ran.

Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder
by Donald Bain

Fiction — Bain.

Cold Shot
by Mark Henshaw

Fiction — Henshaw.

Leaving the Pink House
by Ladette Randolph Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

Fiction — Whitson.

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 Nebraska Author

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.

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — Biography Cavett.

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 — [ On Order ].

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — O’Brien.

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

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ].

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 Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

Fiction — Lee.

by Patrick Lee

Fiction — Lee.

Books reviewed in August

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ].

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

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ].

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

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ].

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 — [ On Order ].

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.

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.

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 — [ On Order ].

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 — Recihl.
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. Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — Biography Fugate.

The Last Days of the Rainbelt
by David Wishart Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 978.032 Wis.

Red Geraniums
by Sally Salisbury Stoddard Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 725.11 Neb.

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

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Sch.

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 Nebraska Author

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — Biography Keister.

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 Nebraska Author

Non-Fiction — Biography Norris.

King and Maxwell
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride

Fiction — McBride.

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