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All You Need Is Love: An Oral History of the Beatles

Recommended for Beatles fan and for readers who want more insight into why the group broke up.

The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity

Thoroughly researched and deftly written, Brown's discussion provides a unique, valuable addition to historical and religious scholarship. Recommended for students of religion and historians.

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

This book will appeal to high school and college students as well as educators, trainers, and anyone interested in improving memory or having a better understanding of cognitive science.

Graphic the Valley

The author of the acclaimed memoir The End of Boys and award-winning fiction collection Loss has written an excellent coming-of-age debut novel. He skillfully interweaves the story of modern-day life in Yosemite with the the area's turbulent and tragic history in the 1850s when Native Americans lost control of the land, but the author's attempt to link Tenaya and Lucy to the biblical story of Samson and Delilah is a bit heavy-handed and unnecessary. Still, the book's sense of place is strong, capturing Yosemite's wild beauty. Both adult and mature young adult readers and lovers of literary ecofiction will enjoyed this fast-paced love story.

Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD.

The sheer scope of this history might make it a daunting read, but scholars, theologians, and anyone interested in late Rome or early Christianity will find this a fascinating view not only of the church's development, but also of the changing concepts of wealth and poverty in the last centuries of the empire. --Kathleen McCallister, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia

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