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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2016


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.

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last updated December 25, 2016

2016 Selections

Books reviewed in December

book coverLaw at Little Big Horn: Due Process Denied
by Charles E. Wright

Non-Fiction – 973.82 Wri


book coverBlood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X
by Randy Roberts

Non-Fiction – 796.83 AlyYr

book coverAltered Starscape: Andromedan Dark – Book One
by Ian Douglas

Fiction – Douglas

book coverThe Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life
by John Le Carre

Non-Fiction – Biography Le Carre

book coverNight School
by Lee Child

Fiction – Child

book coverHerbaceous Perennial Plants
by Allan Armitage

Non-Fiction – Armitage [although we don’t have this specific volume, we have a few other Allan Armitage horticulture books]

book coverField Guide to Wildflowers: Fontenelle Forest and Neale Wood Nature Center
by Roland E. Barth & Neal S. Ratzlaff

Non-Fiction – Barth & Ratzlaff

book coverField Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains
by Jon Farrar

Non-Fiction – 582.13 Far

book coverWeeds of the Great Plains
by James Stubbendieck

Non-Fiction – Stubbendieck [although we don’t have this specific volume, we have several other Stubbendieck horticulture volumes from prior years!]

book coverInsects in Kansas
by Glenn A. Salisbury and Stephan C. White

Non-Fiction – Salisbury

book coverBorn to Run
by Bruce Springsteen

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Spr or Biography Springsteen

book coverI am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
by Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Wil or Biography Wilson

book coverThe Monkees, Head and the 60s
by Peter Mills

Non-Fiction – Mills

book coverMichael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero
by Ed Ward

Non-Fiction – Music 781.643 Blo

book coverAnatomy of a Song: The Oral history of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
by Marc Myers

Non-Fiction – Myers (downloadable format on Hoopla only)

book coverTrying to Tell a Stranger ‘Bout Rock and Roll: Selected Writings 1966-2016
by Gene Scarlatti

Non-Fiction – Scarlatti

Books reviewed in November

book coverHome
by Harlan Coben

Fiction – Coben

Read Charlotte M.’s review of Home in the October 2016 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide.

book coverA Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor
by Joe Starita

Non-Fiction – Biography La Flesche-Picotte (review of book)

book coverThe Whistler
by John Grisham

Fiction – Grisham

book coverLasting Impact
by Kostya Kennedy

Non-Fiction – Kennedy

book coverExtreme Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction – Sandford

book coverEscape Clause
by John Sandford

Fiction – Sandford

book coverGuilty Minds
by Joseph Finder

Fiction – Finder

book coverA Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor
by Joe Starita

Non-Fiction – Biography La Flesche-Picotte (interview/profile of author)

book coverHero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
by Candice Millard

Non-Fiction – Biography Churchill

Books reviewed in October

book coverNothing Short of Dying
by Erik Storey

Non-Fiction – 940.548 Bas

book coverRobert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay
by Reed Farrel Coleman

Fiction – Coleman

book coverThe Accidental Life
by Terry McDonnell

Non-Fiction – Biography McDonnell

book coverThe Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
by Neal Bascomb

Non-Fiction – 940.548 Bas

book coverThe Real Liddy James
by Anne-Marie Casey

Fiction – Casey

book coverOn Trails
by Robert Moor

Non-Fiction – Moor [currently available only as a downloadable audiobook through our Hoopla Digital Service]

book coverEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

Non-Fiction – 339.46 Des

book coverHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

Non-Fiction – Biography Vance

book coverKilling the Rising Sun
by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – 940.542 Ore

book coverSmooth Operator
by Stuart Woods

Fiction – Woods

book coverFantasticland
by Mike Bockoven nebauthormini

Fiction – Bockoven

book coverBe Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Fiction – Johnson

book coverThe United States of Beer
by Dane Huckelbridge

Non-Fiction – Huckelbridge

Books reviewed in September

book coverGreat Plains Indians
by David J. Wishart nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – Scher

book coverLeveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology
by Rod Scher

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

book coverBones of Paradise
by Jonis Agee nebauthormini

Fiction – Agee

book coverFree Fall
by Rick Mofina

Fiction – Mofina

book coverLonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt
by Timothy G. Anderson nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – Biography Neihardt

Books reviewed in August

book coverRise the Dark
by Michael Koryta

Fiction – Crouch

book coverRed Platoon
by Clinton Romesha

Non-Fiction – 958.104 Rom

book coverDark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Fiction – Crouch

book coverThe Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

Non-Fiction – Biography Schumer

book coverGhost Sniper
by Scott McEwan

Fiction – McEwan

book coverPresto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
by Penn Jillette

Non-Fiction – Jillette (currently available only for library customers as an audiobook on Hoopla digital service)

book coverSeinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Non-Fiction – 791.457 SeiYa

book coverThe Bones of Paradise
by Jonis Agee nebauthormini

Fiction — Agee

Books reviewed in July

book coverLonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt
by Timothy G. Anderson nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – Biography Neihardt

book coverTom Clancy Duty and Honor
by Grant Blackwood

Fiction – Blackwood

book coverThe Innocents
by Ace Atkins

Fiction – Atkins

book coverMy Year of Running Dangerously
by Tom Foreman

Non-Fiction (currently available only through our Hoopla digital service)

book coverRedemption Road
by John Hart

Fiction – Lawson

book coverWalking the Himalayas
by Levinson Wood

Non-Fiction – 915.496 Woo

book coverKeep the Line Moving: The Story of the 2015 Kansas City Royals
by Kent Krause

Non-Fiction – 796.357 RoyYk

book coverHouse Revenge
by Michael Lawson

Fiction – Lawson

book coverIndentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
by Joe Nocero and Ben Strauss

Non-Fiction – 796 Noc

Books reviewed in June

book coverBefore the Fall
by Noah Hawley

Fiction – Hawley

book coverThe Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death and Everything In Between
by Lee Eisenberg

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

book coverSweetbitter
by Stephanie Danler

Non-Fiction – 796 Noc

book coverEnd of Watch
by Stephen King

Fiction – King

book coverInto the Roaring Fork
by Jeff Howe nebauthormini

Fiction – Howe

book coverThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
by Kevin Fedarko

Non-Fiction – 979.13 Fed

book coverBack From the Dead
by Bill Walton

Non-Fiction – Biography Walton

Books reviewed in May

book coverThe City of Mirrors
by Justin Cronin

Fiction – Cronin

book coverThe Immortal Irishman
by Timothy Egan

Non-Fiction – Biography Meagher

book coverGirls on Fire
by Robin Wasserman

Non-Fiction – Wasserman

book coverThe Progeny
by Tosca Lee nebauthormini

Fiction – Lee

book coverWilde Lake
by Laura Lippman

Fiction – Lippman

book coverMiller’s Valley
by Anna Quindlen

Fiction – Quindlen

book coverTransgalactic
by James Gunn

Fiction – Gunn

book coverThe Ex
by Alafair Burke

Fiction – Burke

book coverSave Room for Pie
by Roy Blount Jr.

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

book coverThis Was Not the Plan
by Cristina Alger

Fiction – Alger

book coverBeloved Dog
by Maira Kalman

Non-Fiction – Kalman

Books reviewed in April

book coverPoisonous
by Allison Brennan

Fiction – Brennan

book coverFool Me Once
by Harlan Coben

Fiction – Coben

Read Charlotte M.’s review of Fool Me Once in the May 2016 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

book coverHard Light
by Elizabeth Hand

Fiction – Hand

book coverOff the Grid
by C.J. Box

Fiction – Box

book coverKeep Me Posted
by Lisa Beazley

Fiction – Beazley

book coverCuster’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
by T.J. Stiles

Non-Fiction – Biography Custer

book coverWalking the Nile
by Levison Wood

Non-Fiction – Biography Wood

book coverLady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare

Fiction – YA Clare

book coverThe Relic Master
by Christopher Buckley

Fiction – Buckley

book coverThe Travelers
by Chris Pavone

Fiction – Pavone

Books reviewed in March

book coverFind Her
by Lisa Gardner

Fiction – Gardner

Read Tracy T.’s review of the audio version of Find Her in the December 2019 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

book coverThe Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions
by Andrew Hacker

Non-Fiction – 510.71 Hac

book coverThe Road to Little Dribbling
by Bill Bryson

Non-Fiction – 914 Bry

book coverThe Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and the Story of an Epic College Basketball Rivalry
by John Feinstein

Non-Fiction – 796,.323 Fei

book coverEvery Day I Fight
by Stuart Scott

Non-Fiction – Biography Scott

book coverVanishing Games
by Roger Hobbs

Fiction – Hobbs

book coverCharlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart
by Claire Harmon

Non-Fiction (currently available only through our Hoopla digital service)

book coverInterior Darkness: Selected Stories
by Richard Engel

Fiction – Straub

book coverBack Blast
by Mark Greaney

Fiction – Greaney

Books reviewed in February

book coverAnd Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East
by Richard Engel

Non-Fiction – Biography Engel

book coverFinding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past
by Bill Porter and Red Pine

Non-Fiction – Porter

book coverThe Wolves
by Alex Berenson

Fiction – Berenson

book coverLeonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man
by William Shatner

Non-Fiction – Biography Nimoy

Read Scott C.’s review of Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man in the March 2016 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

book coverThe Drifter
by Martin Walker

Fiction – Walker

book coverThis Old Man: All in Pieces
by Roger Angell

Non-Fiction – Angell

book coverDead Man’s Float
by Jim Harrison nebauthormini

Fiction – Harrison

book coverThe Patriarch
by Martin Walker

Fiction – Walker

book coverBeing Nixon: A Man Divided
by Evan Thomas

Non-Fiction – Biography Nixon

Books reviewed in January

book coverThe Road to Character
by David Brooks

Non-Fiction – 179.9 Bro

book coverScandalous Behavior
by Stuart Woods

Fiction – Woods

book coverForty Thieves
by Thomas Perry

Fiction – Perry

book coverDrinking in America: Our Secret History
by Susan Cheever

Non-Fiction – 394.13 Che

book coverJoy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis
by Abigail Santamaria

Non-Fiction – Biography Davidman

book coverThe Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings
by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Non-Fiction – 920.02 Zal

book coverA Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis

Non-Fiction – 242.4 Lew (various editions)

book coverNebraska Beer: A Great Plains History by the Pint
by Tyler A. Thomas nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – 641.23 Tho

book coverHouse of 8 Orchids
by James Thayer

Fiction – Thayer

book coverNatives of a Dry Place
by Richard Edwards

Non-Fiction – Edward

book coverWhen it Was Just a Game
by Harvey Frommer

Non-Fiction – Frommer

book coverThe Night Sister
by Jennifer McMahon

Fiction – McMahon

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