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Lincoln Journal Star Book Reviews – 2018


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.

Note: Although the Lincoln Journal Star is reviewing fewer books in the print edition of the paper, they are including many more syndicated book reviews (from outside sources) on their website. This index on BookGuide is only to the reviews that have appeared in the print edition of the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper.

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last updated December 30, 2018

2018 Selections

Books reviewed in December

The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End
by Gary Pomerantz

Non-Fiction – Pomerantz [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries]

Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
by Gary Busey

Biography Busey

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir: The Korean War’s Greatest Battle
by Hampton Sides

Non-Fiction – 951.904 Sid

The Middleman
by Olen Steinhauser

Fiction – Steinhauser

Blood and Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard
by Paul Collins

Non-Fiction – 364.152 Col

Books reviewed in November

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History
by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – [940.53 Ore]

The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal and the Big Business of College Basketball
by Michael Sokolove

Non-Fiction – Biography Pitino

The End of the End of the Earth: Essays
by Jonathan Franzen

Non-Fiction – 814 Fra

Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
by Martin Dugard and Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction – [973.3 Ore]

Books reviewed in October

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy
by Paige Williams

Non-Fiction – 560.75 Wil

All You Can Ever Know
by Nicole Chung

Non-Fiction – Biography Chung

Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are
by John Kaag

Non-Fiction – [libraries own this only in E-book and E-audio versions]

Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World
by Tom Wright and Bradley Hoper

Non-Fiction – Biography Low

Books reviewed in September

Sunrise Highway
by Peter Blauner

Fiction – Blauner

Dream Country
by Shannon Gibney

Fiction – YA Gibney

by Daniel Torday

Fiction – Torday

Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World
by Mike Stanton

Non-Fiction – Biography Marciano

Books reviewed in August

The Last Time I Lied
by Riley Sager

Fiction – Sager

The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer’s Search for Meaning in the Great Depression
by Ben Montgomery

Non-Fiction – Montgomery [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries]

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
by Keith O’Brien

Non-Fiction – 629.13 Obr

Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend and the Last Days of a Mountain-Top Honky Tonk
by John Lingan

Non-Fiction – Music 781.642 Lin

A Carnival of Losses: Notes on Nearing Ninety
by Donald Hall

Non-Fiction – Atkins [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries]

Books reviewed in July

The Sinners
by Ace Atkins

Fiction – Atkins

The Last Cruise
by Kate Christensen

Fiction – Christensen

Lincoln’s Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856
by John Bicknell

Non-Fiction – 323.8 EleYb 1856

House Witness
by Mike Lawson

Fiction – Lawson

The President is Missing
by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Fiction – Clinton

Courage in a White Coat
by Mary Schwaner

Non-Fiction – Biography Chambers

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II
by Anne R. Keene

Non-Fiction – Keene (currently available only as an eBook or e-audiobook)

The Killing Habit
by Mark Billingham

Fiction – Billingham

Books reviewed in June

The Hush
by John Hart

Fiction – Hart

Good Trouble: Stories
by Joseph O’Neill

Fiction – O’Neill

Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines
by Nick Nolte

Non-Fiction – Biography Nolte

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
by Lydia Kang

Non-Fiction – 615.856 Kan

Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic
by Ace Atkins

Fiction – Atkins

The Only Story
by Julian Barnes

Fiction – Barnes

Books reviewed in May

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsesssion, and the National History Heist of the Century
by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Non-Fiction – 364.16 Joh

Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
by Chris Nashawaty

Non-Fiction – 791.43 Nas

The Deceivers
by Alex Berenson

Fiction – Berenson

The Fallen
by David Baldacci

Fiction – Baldacci

The Woman in the Moon
by Marjorie Saiser

Non-Fiction – Heritage 811 Sai

Twisted Prey
by John Sandford

Fiction – Sandford

Voices From the Plains: A Literary Anthology
by the members of The Nebraska Writers Guild

Non-Fiction – 810.098 Voi

Books reviewed in April

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
by Michael Benson

Non-Fiction – 791.43 Ben

To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration
by Edward J. Larson

Non-Fiction – 919.8 Lar

A Guide to More Nebraska Authors
edited by Gerry Cox and Charlene Neely

Non-Fiction – 810.978 Cox

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon
by Robert Kurson

Non-Fiction – 629.45 Kur

Great Plains Literature
edited by Linda Ray Pratt

Non-Fiction – 810.9 Pra

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
by Kathryn Harkup

Non-Fiction – Harkup [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries]

The Balcony
by Jane Delury

Fiction – Delury

Books reviewed in March

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras
by Brentley Hargrove

Non-Fiction – Biography Samaras

The Monk of Mokha
by Dave Eggers

Non-Fiction – Biography Alkhanshali

A Place Called Waco: A Survivor’s Story
by David Thibodeau

Non-Fiction – 299 Thi

Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley

Fiction – Mosley

Books reviewed in February

by John Lescroart

Fiction – Lescroart

Feel Free: Essays
by Zadie Smith

Non-Fiction – 824 Smi

A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China
by Kevin Peraino

Non-Fiction – Peraino [Not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries]

The Winter Station
by Jodi Shields

Fiction – Shields

In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s
by Joseph Jebelli

Non-Fiction – 616.8 Jeb

Hell Bent: An Orphan X Novel
by Gregg Hurwitz

Fiction – Hurwitz

Books reviewed in January

Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family
by Nguyen Qui Duc [library owns original 1994 edition of this newly reprinted title]

Non-Fiction – 959.704 Ngu

150@150 Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial
by Jeff Barnes

Non-Fiction – 978.2 Bar

book coverThe Black Painting
by Neil Olson

Fiction – Olson

book coverIn the Shadows of Victory II: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders, The Spanish-American War to World War II
by Thomas D. Phillips

Non-Fiction – Heritage 355.009 Phi

book coverThe Chalk Man
by C.J. Tudor

Fiction – Tudor

book coverRobicheaux
by James Lee Burke

Fiction – Burke

book coverHank and Jim: The 50-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart
by Scott Eyman

Non-Fiction – 791.43 Eym

Read Becky W.C.’s review of Hank and Jim in the August 2018 Staff Recommendations here on BookGuide

A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux
by Amos Bad Heart Bull

Non-Fiction – SOS 970.3 OglyB (library owns original 1967 — newspaper review was of 50th anniversary edition)

book coverThe Wanted
by Robert Crais

Fiction – Crais

book coverA Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam Memorial
by James Reston Jr.

Non-Fiction – Reston (libraries only have this title as an eBook through Hoopla)

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