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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2017


ljsEvery Saturday and 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 27, 2017

2017 Selections

Books reviewed in December

Fresh Complaint: Stories
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Fiction – Eugenides

book coverThe Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur
by Scott S. Greenberger

Non-Fiction – Biography Arthur

One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning
by David Moody

Fiction – Moody (not owned by Lincoln City Libraries)

book coverFuture Home of the Living God
by Louise Erdrich

Fiction – Erdrich

Montaigne in Barn Books: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy
by Michael Perry

Non-Fiction – Biography Perry

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse
by Rich Cohen

Non-Fiction – Cohen (On Order)

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story
by Debbie Tung

Non-Fiction (Graphic Novel) – Tung (available only in eBook format from the libraries)

Books reviewed in November

book coverA Beautiful Poison
by Lydia Kang

Fiction – Heritage Kang [currently only available in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors]

book coverEnd Game
by David Baldacci

Fiction – Baldacci

book coverDebriefing: Collected Stories
by Susan Sontag

Fiction – Weiner [currently only available as a downloadable audio from the libraries]

book coverHeather, the Totality
by Matthew Weiner

Fiction – Weiner

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World
by Laura Spinney

Non-Fiction – 614.518 Spi

book coverWe’re Going to Need More Wine
by Gabrielle Union

Non-Fiction – Biography Union

book coverDark Signal
by Shannon Baker

Fiction – Baker

book coverBonfire
by Krysten Ritter

Fiction – Ritter

book coverTwo Kinds of Truth
by Michael Connelly

Fiction – Connelly

book coverThe Midnight Line
by Lee Child

Fiction – Child

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen
by Bill Bentley

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Ben

book coverRighteous: An IQ Novel
by Joe Ide

Fiction – Ide

book coverGoing Into Town: A Love Letter to New York
by Roz Chast

Non-Fiction – [ On Order ]

book coverThe Rooster Bar
by John Grisham

Fiction – Grisham

Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man
by David Howard

Non-Fiction – Howard (available from the libraries only in eBook format)

book coverKilling England
by Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – 973.3 Ore

Books reviewed in October

book coverDark Signal
by Shannon Baker

Fiction – Baker

book coverThis Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm
by Ted Genoways

Non-Fiction – 630.978 Gen

book coverDeep Freeze
by John Sandford

Fiction – Sandford

Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
by Deanne Stillman

Non-Fiction – Stillman (not owned by Lincoln City Libraries)

book coverThe Locals
by Jonathan Dee

Fiction – Dee

Through a Glass Darkly
by Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Roy Stains

Non-Fiction – Bechtel (not owned by Lincoln City Libraries)

book coverRobert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet
by Reed Farrel Coleman

Fiction – Coleman

book coverEverything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap Into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem
by Bill Nye

Non-Fiction – Biography Nye

book coverGreat Plains Bison
by Dan O’Brien

Non-Fiction – 599.643 Obr

Books reviewed in September

book coverA Legacy of Spies
by John LeCarre

Fiction – LeCarre

book coverThe Prometheus Man
by Scott Reardon

Fiction – Reardon

The Talented Ribkins
by Ladee Hubbard

Fiction – Hubbard (available from the libraries only in eBook format)

book coverLittle Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Fiction – Ng

LEGO and Philosophy
by Roy T. Cook and Sondra Bacharach

Non-Fiction – 688.725 Leg

book coverSting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir
by Steve Rushkin

Non-Fiction – Biography Rushkin

What is Gone
by Amy Knox Brown

Non-Fiction – Biography Brown

book coverMiss D & Me: Life With the Invincible Bette Davis
by Kathryn Sermak with Danielle Morton

Non-Fiction – Biography Rushkin

book coverCamino Island
by John Grisham

Fiction – Grisham

Aging: An Apprenticeship
by Nan Narboe

Non-Fiction – 305.26 Agi

Lie to Me
by J.T. Ellison

Fiction – Ellison

Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
by David S. Brown

Biography – Fitzgerald

Books reviewed in August

book coverThe Reason You’re Alive
by Matthew Quick

Fiction – Child

book coverThe Good Daughter
by Karin Slaughter

Fiction – Slaughter

book coverNo Middle Name
by Lee Child

Fiction – Child

book coverThe Misfortune of Marion Palma
by Emily Culliton

Fiction – Culliton

book coverFirstborn
by Tosca Lee

Fiction – Lee

book coverThe Fallen
by Ace Atkins

Fiction – Atkins

book coverAmerican Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
by David Baron

Non-Fiction – Baron [currently available from the libraries only as an audiobook through our Hoopla digital service]

book coverStephen Florida
by Gabe Habash

Non-Fiction – Habash [currently available from the libraries only as an ebook and/or audiobook through our Hoopla digital service]

book coverThe Late Show
by Michael Connelly

Fiction – Connelly

Read Scott C.’s review of the audiobook version of The Late Show in  the June 2018 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Books reviewed in July

book coverPoint of Contact
by Mike Maden

Fiction – Maden

Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII
by Scott Miller

Non-Fiction – 940.548 Mil

by Julie Garwood

Fiction – Garwood

Read Sandy W.’s review of the audiobook version of Wired in the June 2018 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

Kings of Broken Things
by Theodore Wheeler

Fiction – Wheeler

The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Dectective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
by Stephan Talty

Non-Fiction – 364.106 Tal

book coverEnigma
by Tony Kuper

Fiction – YA PB Kuper

National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals
by Joel Sartore

Non-Fiction – 779.59 Sar

book coverAnimal Ark – Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
by Joel Sartore (photographs), Kwame Alexander (words)

Picture Book – jP Alexander

book coverWe’ll Always Have Casablanca
by Noah Isenberg

( Currently available from the libraries only as a downloadable audiobook from Hoopla )

book coverVicious Circle
by C.J. Box

Fiction – Box

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone
by Mark Dawidziak

Non-Fiction – 791.457 TwiYd

book coverOtis Redding: An Unfinished Life
by Jonathan Gould

Non-Fiction – Music 781.644 Redding

book coverDrawing the Beatles: The Love Story of the Band and the Whole World
by Rob Sheffield

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Beatles

book coverThe New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World
by Damon Krukowski

Non-Fiction – Music 781.11 Kru

book coverLonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol
by Steve Jones

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Jon

book coverAltamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day
by Joel Selvin

Non-Fiction – Music 781.66 Rolling

book coverWord by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
by Kory Stamper

Non-Fiction – 413 Sta

book coverLittle White Lies
by Ace Atkins

Fiction – Atkins

Books reviewed in June

book coverPlaying House
by Laura Chapman

Heritage Chapman

book coverAstrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Non-Fiction – 523.01 Tys

book coverIll Will
by Dan Chaon

Fiction – Chaon

book coverOdd Numbers
by Anne Holt

Fiction – Holt

book coverLetterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
by Jason Zinoman

Non-Fiction – Biography Letterman

book coverGolden Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction – Sandford

book coverGunfighters: A Chronicle of Dangerous Men and Violent Deathx
by Al Cimino

Non-Fiction – j 978 Cim

book coverThe Fix
by David Baldacci

Fiction – Baldacci

book coverBorrowed Souls
by Chelsea Mueller

Fiction – Mueller

Books reviewed in May

book coverKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

Non-Fiction – 976.6 Gra

book coverA New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like
by Ashley Graham

Non-Fiction – Biography Graham

book coverAdventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest
by Laura Moss

Non-Fiction – 636.8 Mos

book coverThe Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis, and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
by Ben Sasse

Non-Fiction – 305.242 Sas

book coverA Harvest of Thorns
by Corban Addison

Fiction – Addison

book coverShattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Non-Fiction – 324.8 ElaYa 2016

Dearest Mother: Letters From a Lonesome Sammy, 1915-1919, Your Loving Son, George
by Pat O’Neill

Non-Fiction – O’Neill (not owned by Lincoln City Libraries)

book coverThe Spoils
by Casey Pycior

Fiction – Pycior

book coverWhat You Break
by Reed Farrell Coleman

Fiction – Coleman

book coverAdulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You
by Andy Boyle

Non-Fiction – Heritage 817 Boy

Books reviewed in April

book coverRock, Tree, Bird
by Twyla Hansen

Non-Fiction – 811 Han

by A.J. Tata

Fiction – Tata (not owned by Lincoln City Libraries)

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
by David G. McCullough

Non-Fiction – 973 McC

book coverNowhere Man
by Greg Hurwitz

Fiction – Hurwitz

Wild Nights: How Taming Sheep Created Our Restless World
by Benjamin Reiss

Non-Fiction – 612.821 Rei

Better Living Through Criticism
by A.O. Scott

Non-Fiction – 801.95 Sco

Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventures as a WWII Correspondent
by Terry Mort

Non-Fiction – Biography Hemingway

book coverThe Lost Book of the Grail
by Charlie Lovett

Fiction – Lovett

The Sex Effect
by Ross Benes nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – Benes

book coverNebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology
edited by Daniel A. Simon nebauthormini

Non-Fiction – 811.08 Neb

Read Scott C.’s review of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology in the April 2017 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

August Snow
by Stephen Mack Jones

Fiction – Jones

by Julia Dahl

Fiction – Dahl

Books reviewed in March

book coverGunmetal Gray
by Mark Greaney

Fiction – Greaney

The Spoils
by Casey Pycior nebauthormini

Fiction – Pycior

book coverRobert B. Parker’s Revelation
by Robert Knott

Fiction – Knott

book coverThe Prisoner
by Alex Berenson

Fiction – Berenson

book coverArthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
by Michael Sims

Non-Fiction – Biography Doyle

Books reviewed in February

book coverThe Old Man
by Thomas Perry

Fiction – Perry

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
by Kyo MacLear

Non-Fiction – Biography MacLear

book coverThe Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
by Douglas J. Preston

Non-Fiction – 972.85 Pre

The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
by Rory Stewart

Non-Fiction – 914.2 Ste

Books reviewed in January

book coverRasputin: Faith, Power and the Twilight of the Romanovs
by Douglas Smith

Non-Fiction – Biography Rasputin

book coverBurning Bright
by Nicholas Petrie

Fiction – Petrie

book coverThe Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars in the American West
by Peter Cozzens

Non-Fiction – 970.1 Coz

book coverMad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
by Ross King

Non-Fiction – Biography Monet

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