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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2015


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

Read Sandy W.’s review of the audiobook version of Dead Wake in the October 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

book coverThe Light of the World
by Elizabeth Alexander

Non-Fiction – Biography Alexander

book coverThe Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Non-Fiction – Biography Wright

book coverA Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

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

See the Nebraska Author Roger Welsch resource page here on BookGuide

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
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

Read Kim J.’s review of Go Set a Watchman in the August 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

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

See the Nebraska Author Kent Haruf resource page here on BookGuide

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

Read Charlotte M.’s review of The Ordinary Spaceman in the July 2019 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

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 — Ishiguro.

book coverMemory Man
by David Baldacci

Fiction — Baldacci.

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

Non-Fiction — 940.451 Lar.

Read Sandy W.’s review of the audiobook version of Dead Wake in the October 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

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

Non-Fiction — McArthur

See the Nebraska Author Jeff McArthur resource page here on BookGuide.

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.


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.


book coverCuba Straits
by Randy Wayne White

Fiction — White.


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.


book coverFunny Girl
by Nick Hornby

Fiction — Hornby.


book coverViking Bay
by M.A. Larson

Fiction — Larson.

book coverThe Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Fiction — Hawkins.

Read Marie P.’s review of The Girl on the Train from the June 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

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.


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 — Holzer. [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.


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.

See the Nebraska Author Alex Kava resource page here on BookGuide

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

Fiction — Patterson

book coverBootleggers & Baptists
by Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle

Non-Fiction — 320.6 Smi.

Bourbon: 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.

Read Charlotte M.’s review of Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight in the January 2015 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

book coverWyatt in Wichita
by John Shirley

Fiction — Shirley.

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