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‘unalone’ by Jessica Jacobs | LJ Review of the Day

Biography & Memoir | Prepub Alert, January 2025 Titles

‘Decade of Disunion: How Massachusetts and South Carolina Led the Way to Civil War, 1849–1861’ by Robert W. Merry | LJ Review of the Day

‘The Piano Player of Budapest: A True Story of Survival, Hope, and Music’ by Roxanne de Bastion | LJ Review of the Day

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Summer Stars | Life+Style Starred Reviews

Garden Tour | Life+Style

Travel + Interior Design | Life+Style

LJ Talks with Bunny Williams, Author, Garden Maker, and Interior Designer

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Complete Starter Guide to Needle Felting: Enchanted Forest

An enchanting book filled with charming projects for both beginner and experienced felters. This title will circulate well.
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Crochet Monsters

A creative and detailed crochet guide for intermediate and experienced crocheters. The projects’ many options for personalization could make it particularly useful for leading group activities.
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Cricut Celebrations: Digital Die-Cutting for Any Event

Digital die-cutting machines continue to grow in popularity, but there are few books on the topic. This title will inspire crafters interested in using a digital die-cutting machine to create a variety of decorative objects and party favors.

String Quilts: Sustainable Patchwork Projects Using Fabric Scraps

An essential title for readers interested in the sustainable crafting movement and quilting.
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The Handmade Spa: Natural Cosmetics

Readers who want to make their own simple skincare products and fans of Formule Beauté will be excited to check out Duménil’s book. It’s a great starting point for library programs, spa days with friends, or even holiday activities.
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Brooklyn Tweed’s Knit and Crochet Blankets: Projects To Stitch for Home and Away

A cozy and welcoming collection of appealing knitting and crochet patterns with helpful instructions.
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A Year of Granny Squares: 52 Grannies To Crochet, One for Every Week of the Year

This crochet book is a standout for its colorful seasonal designs that will bring out crafters’ creativity all year. An adorable purchase.
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Pineapple Play Quilts & Projects: 18 Projects Using the Pineapple Trim Tool

Readers who are looking to learn this unique style of quilt block will find plenty of options in Wright’s book. Both beginners and more advanced quilters will be able to work their way through these projects, but all will be easier if they use the specialized ruler that the book calls for.

Pocket Guide to Crochet: Take-Along Information on Tools, Popular Stitches, Tips, and Tricks

An incredibly helpful guide for beginners, but readers who just want a refresher on crocheting techniques will appreciate this title too.
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Mad Hatter: Crazy, Colorful Crochet Designs To Hook and Show Off

This book’s customizable options and tiny accents are sure to compel crocheters to create distinctive pieces for themselves and for others.
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Fashion & Costume Design in Quarter Scale

This well-structured book about pattern making and fitting introduces a fresh approach to quarter-scale designing. An appealing choice for advanced sewists.
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Half Yard Heaven 10-Year Anniversary Edition: Easy Sewing Projects Using Leftover Pieces of Fabric

This revised classic offers a great way for new sewists to learn basic skills from doing easy, giftable projects that don’t require major commitments of time or resources.
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Easy Acrylic Painting: Beginner Tutorials for Small Still Lifes

For readers ready to take on acrylic painting (a technique suitable for beginners, since it allows for easy corrections), this is a sound and highly informative guide.
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Lulu’s Crochet Dolls: 8 Adorable Dolls and Accessories To Crochet

Compotine’s delightful designs for amigurumi toys are easy to personalize, which will make these dolls meaningful keepsakes.

Peter Panda and Pals: 10 Sweet and Easy Amigurumi Designs To Crochet

Playful yet detailed, the 10 animal friends Vindevogel presents are sure to delight both the crocheter and the recipient of the fun, unfussy creatures, which come to life as easily on the crochet hook as they do in the book.
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My First Sewing Machine: 30 Fun Projects Kids Will Love To Make

This machine-sewing book is easy enough for beginners of all ages to follow, as long as they’re comfortable with metric measurements.
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Colorful Crochet Cables: How To Crochet Celtic Cabled Designs in Vibrant Multicolored Hues

A unique approach to crocheting that’s backed by science. It’s suitable for advanced fiber artists who are ready to explore the magic that cablework and colors can add to their creations.
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10 Step Drawing: Cute Animals

An easy-to-follow guide, best for the animal aficionado.
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Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years

This work about the evolution of textiles remains a solid, fundamental resource in women’s history.

Show Me Justice: The Happy Life Journey of Alvin Lee Sykes; An Autobiography

A motivational, recommended autobiography of a remarkable civil rights activist. Pair with Gal Beckerman’s The Quiet Before.
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The Sandinista Revolution: A Global Latin American History

A meticulous political history of the Sandinistas during the long 1980s.
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To Be a Problem: A Black Woman’s Survival in the Racist Disability Rights Movement

A frank critique of the disability rights movement. Recommended for readers interested in activism and social justice.
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Turning the Tide: The USAAF in North Africa and Sicily

This book fills a niche in examining the growth and development of Allied air power. Valuable to readers of World War II history, particularly the subject of aerial combat in the African and southern European theaters.
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Antiracism as Daily Practice: Refuse Shame, Change White Communities, and Help Create a Just World

A worthy addition to the canon of antiracism literature. This titles comes with a necessary focus on the importance of self-reflection, self-assessment, and action.
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Daywork: Poems

These smart, readable poems are deceptively simple, with their implications emerging slowly as readers ponder along with the poet. A collection to dwell in; Fisher merits watching.

unalone

Speaking to Jew and Gentile, believer and nonbeliver, this poetry collection makes our hungers radiant. Highly recommended.
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Proverbs of Limbo: Poems

Memory and presence rub together beautifully in a rich patchwork quilt that sometimes doesn’t feel completely stitched together but whose immediacy is rewarding. A conversation starter from an important poet.
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The Pursuit of Safety: A Theology of Danger, Risk, and Security

Though there is much to consider with Lundgren’s approach and angle, the book’s potential value seems to dissipate. It reads like an unchallenged premise due to its lack of counterpoints and lack of evidence that adequately supports its argument about safety as a false idol.
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Yokai Bestiary: How To Draw Eerie and Enchanting Japanese Ghosts and Monsters

Red’s clear step-by-step drawing instructions, coupled with his enthusiasm for yōkai, make this a fun and informative resource for beginner artists and readers interested in Japanese folklore.
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All-New Twenty To Make: Rock Art

Will be a hit with crafters and readers looking for family activities.
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80/20 Daily: Your Day-by-Day Guide to Happier, Healthier, Wealthier, and More Successful Living Using the 80/20 Principle

Koch empowers readers to improve their lives or mindsets by briefly reflecting on a daily concept. This book will appeal to all 80/20 adherents and anyone aspiring to better living.
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Life After Doom: Wisdom and Courage for a World Falling Apart

A helpful book that may appeal to those seeking a spiritual consideration of doom related to climate change and ecological disaster.
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Fighting for Our Friendships: The Science and Art of Conflict and Connection in Women’s Relationships

After the isolation of the pandemic, many people want help making personal connections. This is a solid addition to self-help or psychology collections everywhere.

Dateable: Swiping Right, Hooking Up, and Settling Down While Chronically Ill and Disabled

With its mix of astute cultural analyses, quippy personal anecdotes, and deeper dives into sociopolitical and theoretical factors, this book does more than show disabled and chronically ill people that they belong. It also serves as a reminder that it matters how one shows up on dating apps and in relationships, in order to counteract the systems that try to render invisible the people whose bodies don’t conform to social norms.
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Shy by Design: 12 Timeless Principles To Quietly Stand Out

An encouraging read for anyone looking to hone their listening and observational skills while staying true to their own needs and abilities.
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The T in LGBT: Everything You Need To Know About Being Trans

This book will appeal to fans of Raines’s YouTube channel, allies, and trans people at any stage of their transition.
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Loving What’s Next: What You Want Can Be Yours Now!

Readers who embraced the message in Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret will relish Barr’s book, but those with a more skeptical nature may want to skip this one.
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Good Grief

This title includes 40 new poems that supplement those found in Pastor’s self-published debut poetry collection of the same name. Recommended for anyone seeking encouragement, support, or commiseration when coping with grief, trauma, anxiety, and more.
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Rewire: Break the Cycle, Alter Your Thoughts and Create Lasting Change (Your Neurotoolkit for Everyday Life)

With quotations and references drawn from pop culture set alongside cutting-edge research on neuroplasticity and other facets of cognition, this is an easy-to-read addition to the growing ranks of biohacking books. Will appeal to readers of Tara Swart Bieber and Wendy Suzuki.
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Living a Conscious Life: How To Find Peace, Wholeness, and Freedom in a Chaotic World

There is no bibliography, nor is there a concluding chapter to reinforce the central message. However, Johnson’s book offers excellent meditation tips and practical advice to help readers live more fulfilling lives, even in times of unrest.
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Food and Freedom: Discover Your Personal Recipe To Eat, Think, and Live Well

An excellent supplemental title for collections on wellness, both mental and physical.
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You Don’t Have To Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship

Those who admire Nepo’s work and are seeking advice about friendship will relish this book. Reading it feels like having a discussion with the author over a delicious meal.
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Gathering Boards: Seasonal Cheese and Charcuterie Spreads for Easy and Memorable Entertaining

Colorful pictures successfully enhance Tuthill’s breezy, inspiring text for this book full of charcuterie board ideas.
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Grillo’s Presents Pickled: 100 Pickle-Centric Recipes To Change Your Life

To some extent, the book feels like a novelty, but it makes a fun addition to most collections. Readers who love pickles and want to expand their home cooking repertoires will find this an enjoyable and useful book.
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Mediterra: Recipes from the Islands and Shores of the Mediterranean

A lush and delicious journey through the flavors and countries of the Mediterranean; great for adventurous cooks looking to delve into a new regional cuisine.
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Sobremesa: Easy Mexican Recipes for Every Day

Villasuso’s cookbook debut is thoughtful and thorough; it’s both a love letter to the culture and flavors of the author’s homeland and a creative venture into Mexican cooking.
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The Gardening Book: An Accessible Guide to Growing Houseplants, Flowers, and Vegetables for Your Ideal Garden

An informative, attractive book that covers an extensive range of gardening techniques.
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The Salad Lab: Whisk, Toss, Enjoy! Recipes for Making Fabulous Salads Every Day

Recommended for larger collections, especially where readers are looking for a fun, accessible way to add more salad into their lives.

The Garlic Companion: Recipes, Crafts, Preservation Techniques, and Simple Ways To Grow Your Own

Easy-to-understand recipes and directions with color photographs help make this a highly accessible and critical volume for fans of garlic.
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The Hostess Handbook: A Modern Guide to Entertaining

A great choice for both new and experienced party hosts.

The Curated Board: Inspired Platters & Spreads for Any Occasion

Good for hosts at every level, this is a wonderful debut effort offering guidance on creating appealing boards.
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The Levantine Vegetarian: Recipes from the Middle East

Hage offers amazing dishes (including many vegan options) that readers will be able to either incorporate into their daily menus or put together to create elaborate Levantine feasts.

Southern Get-Togethers: A Guide to Hosting Unforgettable Gatherings

A perfect guide for planning gatherings of any size; great for any collection.
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Sian’s Kitchen: Caribbean Comfort Cooking

Recommended for extensive collections looking to introduce Caribbean culture and food.
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The Ultimate Meal Planning for One Cookbook: 100+ Easy, Affordable, and Low-Waste (High-Taste!) Recipes Made Just for You

Helpful for readers trying to plan meals for one without being overwhelmed by leftovers.
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Proxy Mom: My Experience with Postpartum Depression

A piercing, straightforward summation of the challenges faced when carving out one’s identity as a parent.

The Piano Player of Budapest: A True Story of Survival, Hope, and Music

A most moving, memorable memoir that expertly incorporates sensory details. Readers will be able to easily envision de Bastion’s grandfather, his love of music and great talent for it, his strength and resilience during the war, and the power of his music to keep him alive.

The Handmade Spa: Natural Soaps

An easily accessible guide to soap making, with color photographs that clearly show every step of the process. A must for DIYers.

‘Lies That Kill: A Citizen’s Guide to Disinformation’ by Elaine Kamarck & Darrell M. West | LJ Review of the Day

History | Prepub Alert, January 2025 Titles

2024 Stars So Far | Self-Help

2024 Stars So Far | Social Sciences

‘Bluff: Poems’ by Danez Smith | LJ Review of the Day

2024 Stars So Far | Poetry

2024 Stars So Far | Arts & Humanities

2024 Stars So Far | Cooking & Food

2024 Stars So Far | History

2024 Stars So Far | Home & Garden

2024 Stars So Far | Sciences

‘The Shortest History of Japan: From Mythical Origins to Pop Culture Powerhouse—the Global Drama of an Ancient Island Nation’ by Lesley Downer | LJ Review of the Day

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Circus World: Roustabouts, Animals, and the Work of Putting on the Big Show

Fascinating, thoughtful research that will appeal to circus buffs and students of labor history.
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Rethinking Rescue: Dog Lady and the Story of America’s Forgotten People and Pets

Readers will never look at animal rescue the same way again after reading this thoughtful and powerful behind-the-scenes look into the animal welfare world.

Gender Explained: A New Understanding of Identity in a Gender Creative World

This essential purchase accurately captures the pulse of the conversation about gender in the United States, expands awareness and knowledge about gender, and educates readers about common myths and misinformation.
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Homemade-ish: Recipes and Cooking Tips That Keep It Real

A must-purchase cookbook with a variety of quick and flavorful recipes.

The Wanderlust Creamery Presents: The World of Ice Cream

Whether she’s recreating her family memories, exploring complex flavors, or adding her own twist to American classics, Borlongan knows how to sweeten the familiar while decolonizing the ice cream machine, one cone at a time.

A Whisper of Cardamom: 80 Sweetly Spiced Recipes To Fall in Love With

This is an excellent book for readers interested in expanding their understanding of how spices can be used to flavor and complement a variety of foods, as well as for budding chefs with an adventurous sweet tooth.
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Fruitful: Sweet and Savoury Fruit Recipes Inspired by Farms, Orchards and Gardens

This is a great guide for gardeners with a bounty of fruit and for home cooks looking to mix it up with both classic and creative fruit recipes.
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Nature Imprinted: A Complete Guide to Lino Printing, with 10 Nature-Inspired Designs

Accessible and eminently practical, this is an essential guide to linocut printing. What makes this book’s projects and directions exemplary is the freedom it gives beginners to personalize and choose their subject matter.
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Birds and Flowers in Colored Pencil: Step-by-Step Tutorials and Techniques

Filled with clear and easy-to-follow instructions, this book works for beginning to intermediate artists, along with experienced artists who are looking to explore a new artistic medium.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Modern Calligraphy & Brush Pen Lettering

Both novice and experienced crafters of hand letters will find practical inspiration and guidance in this colorful, beautifully designed collection.

Elevate Your Sewing: Brilliant Techniques for Adding Personal Style to Any Garment

This is the book for sewists who want to move beyond the basic level and perfect intermediate and advanced techniques. Highly recommended.
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Cottage Cross-Stitch: 20 Designs Celebrating the Simple Joys of Home

A well-put-together volume with charming designs to keep stitchers happy with year-round projects. Cross-stitchers of all levels will enjoy this book, but beginners will especially benefit from the colorful chart that shows them how to do basic stitches.

Making Things: Finding Use, Meaning, and Satisfaction in Crafting Everyday Objects

This is a book for makers and for readers passionate about recycling, upcycling, and crafting. Highly recommended.
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Origami Polyhedra for Beginners: Amazing Geometric Paper Models from a Leading Japanese Expert

Readers who want to explore creating geometric models and evolving beyond traditional toy building will enjoy this book.

Sprout & Co Saladology: Fresh Ideas for Delicious Salads

In his first cookbook, Kirwan dishes up a bountiful harvest with options that are plant-forward, along with hearty meat-centered salads, with just the right balance of classics thrown in to feed people’s need for daily greens while also inspiring them to view salads as canvases for artistic explorations of flavors, colors, and textures.

Amigurumi Loveys and Blankets: 16 Adorable Animal Projects To Crochet and Snuggle

A gush-worthy crochet title containing projects that can be personalized and enlarged; a must-add.

Let’s Move the Needle: An Activism Handbook for Artists, Crafters, Creatives, and Makers

This is a practical manual for aspiring activists, crafters or otherwise, who want to make a difference in the world around them. This stimulating, thoughtfully-organized guide to craftivism will appeal both to activist-minded creatives and noncrafters looking for practical steps to help turn their intentions into action.
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All-New Twenty To Make: Felt Flowers

A small but mighty book filled with felt flower projects that will boost the confidence of first-time crafters.

The Complete Cheese Pairing Cookbook

A wonderful volume that will appeal to all cheese lovers.
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Greekish: Everyday Recipes with Greek Roots

With tantalizing photos, vegetarian and gluten-free options for most dishes, and kid-tested recipes, there is something here for everyone to savor.
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