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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2015

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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.

last updated December 28, 2015

2015 Selections

Books reviewed in December

book coverSeasons of the Tallgrass Prairie: A Nebraska Year
by Paul Johnsgard

Non-Fiction – 577.44 Joh


book coverBetween the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Non-Fiction – 305.8 AfrYc


book coverStalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
by Rosemary Sullivan

Non-Fiction – Biography Allilueva


book coverDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

Non-Fiction – 940.451 Lar


book coverThe Light of the World
by Elizabeth Alexander/p>

Non-Fiction – Biography Alexander


book coverThe Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction – Biography Wright


book coverA Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara/p>

Fiction – Yanagihara


book coverThe Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
by Anthony Marra

Fiction – Moody


book coverThe Story of the Lost Child
by Elena Ferrante

Fiction – Ferrante


book coverPurity
by Jonathan Franzen

Fiction – Moody


book coverA Manual for Cleaning Women
by Lucia Berlin

Fiction – Berlin


book coverAndy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show
by Daniel de Vise

Non-Fiction – [ On Orrder ]

book coverKillers
by Howie Carr

Fiction – Carr


book coverThe Explorers Guild (Volume One): A Passage to Shambala
by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner

Fiction – Baird


book coverFriday Night Lights: 25th Anniversary Edition
by H.G. Bissinger

Non-Fiction – 796.332 Bis


book coverHotels of North America
by Rick Moody

Fiction – Moody


book coverFinale
by Thomas Mallon

Fiction – Mallon


book coverThe Dead Lands
by Benjamin Percy

Fiction – Groff


Books reviewed in November

book coverForever Red: More Confessions of a Cornhusker Fan
by Steve Smith

Non-Fiction – Smith


book coverFates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

Fiction – Groff


book coverThe Organ Broker
by Stu Strumwasser

Fiction – Strumwasser


book coverMy Life on the Road
by Gloria Steinem

Non-Fiction – Biography Steinem


book coverPudge: The Biography of Carlton Fisk
by Doug Watson

Non-Fiction – Biography Fisk


book cover1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History
by Jay Winik

Non-Fiction – 940.53 Win


book coverGolden Age
by Jane Smiley

Fiction – Smiley


book coverCultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives
by Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin and Jennifer Lindholm

Non-Fiction – Astin


book coverOn the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks

Non-Fiction – Biography Sacks


book coverMissoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

Non-Fiction – 362.882 Kra


book coverThe Witches: Salem, 1692
by Stacy Schiff

Fiction – Schiff


book coverRuthless
by John Rector

Fiction – Rector


Books reviewed in October

book coverA Strangeness in My Mind
by Orhan Pamuk

Fiction – Pamuk


book coverRogue Lawyer
by John Grisham

Fiction – Grisham


book coverCome Rain or Come Shine
by Jan Karon

Fiction – Karon


book coverTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
by Salman Rushdie

Fiction – Rushdie


book coverKilling Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency
by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – Biography Reagan


book coverMr. and Mrs. Doctor
by Julie Iromuanya

Fiction – Iromuanya


book coverTwo Sons of China
by Andrew Lam, M.D.

Non-Fiction – Lam


book coverThe Reluctant Pilgrim
by Roger Welsch

Non-Fiction – Biography Welsch


book coverThe Fishermen
by Chigozie Obioma

Fiction – Obioma


book coverHemingway in Love: His Own Story
by A.E. Hotchner

Non-Fiction – Biography Hemingway


book coverNebrasketball: Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise
by Scott Winter

Non-Fiction – Winter


book coverThe Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down Ul.S. Route 83: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma
by Stew Magnuson

Non-Fiction – 917.8 Mag


book coverThe Lightning Stones
by Jack Du Brul

Non-Fiction – Biography Didion


Books reviewed in September

book coverLeaving Berlin/a>
by Joseph Kanon

Fiction – Kanon


book coverLast Night at the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s Odyssey
by Bud Shaw

Non-Fiction – Biography Didion


book coverSignal
by Patrick Lee

Non-Fiction – Biography Didion


book coverTeam of Teams: New Rules for Engagement for a Complex World
by General Stanley McChrystal

Non-Fiction – McChrystal


book coverJanuary 1973: Watergate, Roe v Wade, Vietnam and The Month That Changed American Forever
by James Robenalt

Non-Fiction – Biography Didion


book coverPurity
by Jonathan Franzen

Fiction – Franzen


book coverGlitter and Glue
by Kelly Corrigan

Non-Fiction – Biography Corrigan


Coming Soon…

Books reviewed in August

book coverBig Red Recipes: What’s Cooking in Former Nebraska Football Players’ Kitchens
edited by ???

Non-Fiction [link to official website]

book coverThe Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
by Tracy Daughterty

Non-Fiction – Biography Didion


book coverManhattan Mayhem
edited by Mary Higgins Clark

Non-Fiction – 813.08 Cla


book coverFortune Smiles: Stories
by Adam Johnson

Fiction – Johnson


book coverKatrina: After the Flood
by Gary Rivlin

Non-Fiction – 363.349 Riv


book coverVoracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books
by Cara Nicoletti

Non-Fiction – 641.013 Nic


book coverIn Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains
by James W. Hewitt

Non-Fiction – 364.152 Hew


book coverThe State We’re In: Maine Stories
by Ann Beattie

Non-Fiction – 362.882 Kra


book coverWe Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s
by Richard Beck

Non-Fiction – Beck


book coverWalking With Abel: Journeys With the Nomads of the African Savannah
by Anna Badkhen

Non-Fiction – Badkhen


book coverThe Art of Baking Blind
by Sarah Vaughn

Non-Fiction – Vaughn


book coverMovie Star by Lizzie Pepper
by Hilary Liftin

Fiction – Liftin


book coverAshley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Non-Fiction – Biography White


book coverHemingway in Love: A Memoir
by A.E. Hotchner

Non-Fiction – Hotchner


book coverDid You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg

Non-Fiction – 362.882 Kra


My Southern Journey
by Rick Bragg

Non-Fiction – Bragg


book coverThe Assassins
by Gayle Lynds

Fiction – Lynds


book coverBarefoot to Avalon: A Brother’s Story
by David Payne

Non-Fiction – Biography Payne


Books reviewed in July

book coverMissoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer

Non-Fiction – 362.882 Kra


book coverHouse Rules
by Mike Lawson

Fiction – Lawson


book coverBetween the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisis Coates

Non-Fiction – 305.8 AfrYc


book coverThe Girl in the Spider’s Web
by David Langecrantz

Fiction – Langecrantz


book coverLoving Day
by Mat Johnson

Fiction – Johnson


book coverNatural Born Heroes
by Christopher McDougall

Non-Fiction – 940.534 McD


book coverThe Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction – Biography Wright


book coverSick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy
by Judd Apatow

Non-Fiction – Biography Apatow


book coverDreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records and the Transformation of Southern Soul
by Mark Ribowsky

Non-Fiction – Music 781.644 Red


book coverSeveneves
by Neal Stephenson

Fiction – Stephenson


book coverGo Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee

Fiction – Lee


book coverMore Than Cowboys
by Tim Slessor

Non-Fiction – 978 Sle


book coverIn the Unlikely Event
by Judy Blume

Fiction – Blume


Book CoverThe President’s Shadow
by Brad Meltzer

Fiction – Meltzer


Books reviewed in June

book coverBecoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father
by Michael Signer

[ On Order ]

book coverThe Quartet, Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
by Joseph J. Ellis

Non-Fiction – 973.318 Ell


book coverThe Meaning of Human Existence
by Edward O. Wilson

Non-Fiction – 128 Wil


book cover’89 Walls
by Katie Pierson

Fiction — YA Pierson


book coverOur Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf nebauthormini

Fiction — Haruf


book coverA Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert
by Gertrude Bell

Non-Fiction — Biography Bell


book coverTalk
by Linda Rosenkrantz

Non-Fiction — Rosenkrantz


book coverFamous for Fifteen Minutes: My Years With Andy Warhol
by Ultra Violet

Non-Fiction — Biography B Ul8


book coverThe Ordinary Spaceman
by Clayton Anderson nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — Biography Anderson


book coverRadiant Angel
by Nelson DeMille

Fiction — DeMille


book coverThe Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction — Biography Wright


Books reviewed in May

book coverA Lucky Life Interrupted
by Tom Brokaw

Non-Fiction — Biography Brokaw


book coverH is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald

Fiction — Macdonald


noimageRuins of War
by John A. Connell

Fiction — Connell


noimageThe Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore

Non-Fiction — 741.59 Lep


noimagePast Crimes
by Glen Erik Hamilton

Fiction — Hamilton


noimageBeing Mortal
by Atul Gawande [Call]

Non-Fiction — 362.175 Gaw


noimageHold Still
by Sally Mann

Fiction — Mann


noimageThe Book of Strange New Things
by Michael Faber

Fiction — Faber


noimageGathering Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford


book coverThe Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro

Fiction — Ishiugro.


book coverMemory Man
by David Baldacci

Non-Fiction — 940.451 Lar.


book coverDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

Non-Fiction — 940.451 Lar.


noimageTwo Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy and the Long Lost Brother of Al Capone
by Jeff McArthur nebauthormini

Non-Fiction — McArthur


Books reviewed in April

book coverDorothy Parker Drank Here
by Ellen Meister

Fiction — Meister.


book coverThe Stranger
by Harlan Coben

Fiction — Coben


book cover@war: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
by Shane Harris

Non-Fiction — 355.343 Har.


book coverNebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry
edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell

Non-Fiction — 811.08 Kos. nebauthormini


book coverUnmanned
by Dan Fesperman

Fiction — Fesperman.


book coverDataclysm
by Christian Rudder

Non-Fiction — 155.2 Rud.


book coverThe Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan

Fiction — Flanagan.


book coverEndangered
by C.J. Box

Fiction — Box.


book coverThe Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle

Fiction — Boyle.

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book coverStonewalled: My Fight for the Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harrassment in Obama’s Washington
by Sharyl Attkinson

Non-Fiction — 323.445 Att.

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book coverCuba Straits
by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White.

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noimageLiving the Secular Life
by Phil Zuckerman

Non-Fiction — Zuckerman.

Books reviewed in March

book coverA Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

Fiction — Tyler.


book coverTwelve Days
by Alex Berenson

Fiction — Berenson.


book coverHa! The Science of When We Laugh and Why
by Scott Weems

Non-Fiction — 152.4 Wee.

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book coverFunny Girl
by Nick Hornby

Fiction — Hornby.

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book coverViking Bay
by M.A. Larson

Fiction — Larson.


book coverThe Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Fiction — Hawkins.


noimageThe Explorers: A Story of Fearless Outcasts, Blundering Geniuses and Impossible Success
by Martin Dugard

Non-Fiction — Dugard.


book coverThe Bricklayer
by Noah Boyd

Fiction — Boyd.


book coverThe Accidental Empress
by Allison Pataki

Fiction — Pataki.

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noimage30 Lessons for Loving
by Karl Pillemer

Non-Fiction — Pillemer.


book coverDevils and Dust
by J.D. Rhoades

Fiction — Rhoades.


noimagePresident Lincoln Assassinated! The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial and Mourning<
by Harold Holzer

Non-Fiction — Holzen. [Note: the Lincoln City Libraries own many other Lincoln-related titles by Harold Holzer – click his name to see them.]

Mourning LincolnMourning Lincoln
by Martha Hodes

Non-Fiction — 973.709 Hod.


Lincoln's BodyLincoln’s Body: A Cultural History
by Richard Wightman Fox

Non-Fiction — Biography Lincoln


noimageJohn Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved a Nation
by Harlow Giles Unger

Non-Fiction — Unger.

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Books reviewed in February

book coverTimeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me
by Lucinda Franks

Biography — Franks.


book coverThe Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money
by Ron Lieber

Non-Fiction — [ On Order ]

book coverHoly Cow
by David Duchovny

Fiction — Duchovny.


book coverPillar to the Sky
by William R. Forstchen

Fiction — Forstchen.


book coverThe Bones of Paris
by Laurie R. King

Fiction — King.


book coverGhettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
by Jill Leovy

Non-Fiction — 364.152 Leo.


Books reviewed in January

book coverDeadline
by John Sandford

Fiction — Sandford.


book coverWilliam Wells Brown: An African American Life
by Ezra Greenspan

Non-Fiction — Biography Brown.


book coverThe Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Edward E. Baptist

Non-Fiction — [only available as downloadable audio].


book coverEmpire of Cotton: A Global History
by Sven Beckert

Non-Fiction — 338.476 Bec.


book coverThe Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
by Martin Meredith

Non-Fiction — 960 Mer.


noimageEmpire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean From Columbus to the Present Day
by Carrie Gibson

Non-Fiction — Gibson.


book coverPay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War
by James Risen

Non-Fiction — 973.931 Ris.


book coverBreaking Creed
by Alex Kava nebauthormini

Fiction — Kava.


book coverRoughnecks
by James J. Patterson and Quinn O’Connell Jr.

Fiction — [ On Order ]

book coverBootleggers & Baptists
by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle

Non-Fiction — 320.6 Smi.


noimageBourbon: A History of the American Spiri
by Dane Huckelbridge

Non-Fiction — Huckelbridge.


book coverNeil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
by Jay Barbree

Non-Fiction — Biography Armstrong.


book coverWyatt in Wichita
by John Shirley

Fiction — Shirley.


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