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Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Pt. I | What We’re Reading

This year’s ThrillerFest, held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt July 8–12, was a great … [Continue Reading]

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Family Papers | Memoir

Buggy and muggy conditions at the beach have driven me indoors and, despite the lingering, scratchy … [Continue Reading]

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LibraryReads: Librarians Announce August Favorites

Squeezing in last on this month's list of what librarians are enjoying is Thrity Umrigar's … [Continue Reading]

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Rainbow Rowell | Spotlight

Rainbow Rowell has built her remarkable—and newly successful—career on the simple advice of her … [Continue Reading]

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Spanish on our Shelves | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Materials

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Lives are upended in Arts & Entertainments, Bloom’s character-rich coming-of-age story, Grant’s memoir illustrates the virtue of resilience, Harvey on the intimate power of film, and glitzy beach reading from Sohn.

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Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)

Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

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Sweterlitsch’s Debut of the Month, Jay Lake Obit, New Authors Nelson, Patel, & Schultz, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

The premise of Sweterlitsch’s debut novel is fascinating in its possibilities, emotionally rich story­telling is sure to win Hobb new fans, Schultz delivers a sterling urban fantasy debut with a great cast of characters

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Eric Foner, Seth Grahame-Smith, Edith Pearlman, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

Cohen, Roger. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780307594662. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353137. MEMOIR New York Times columnist Cohen, honored by the Overseas Press Club for his work as the paper’s Balkans bureau chief during the Bosnian War and in charge of the Pulitzer […]

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Award-Winning Novelists from Rachel Cusk to Yu Hua | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

Crummey, Michael. Sweetland. Liveright: Norton. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780871407900. $24.95. LITERARY Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada for his most recent work, Galore, Crummey sets his new work on an isolated Canadian island—so isolated, in fact, that the government has offered to resettle folks from the island’s one town, the ever-diminishing Sweetland, provided […]

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Reading Hollywood (or Thereabouts) | Wyatt’s World

Lives are upended in Arts & Entertainments, Bloom’s character-rich coming-of-age story, Grant’s memoir illustrates the virtue of resilience, Harvey on the intimate power of film, and glitzy beach reading from Sohn.

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Big Fiction Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

Bailey, Martine. An Appetite for Violets. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781250056917. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466860711. HISTORICAL Under-cook at dark and looming Mawton Hall, Biddy Leigh wants to marry her sweetheart and open a tavern but instead finds herself accompanying her new mistress to Italy, where she notes down her adventures in […]

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History/Biography from Thomas Cromwell to the Great Society to the Death of Tin Pan Alley | Nonfiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

Borman, Tracy. Thomas Cromwell. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2015. 336p.ISBN 9780802123176. $30. BIOGRAPHY Here’s a nonfiction account of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s invaluable adviser, to go with the fictional account that Hilary Mantel has provided in the Man Booker Award winners Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies. Borman has special insight (and an audience-pleasing touch) […]

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Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)

Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

Family Papers | Memoir

Family histories, families in history, historic families, and a memoir about cochlear implant surgery at a later age.

Spanish on our Shelves | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Materials

With 37 million speakers, Spanish is the top non-English language spoken at home in the United States, with audiences from different countries and different traditions. These 44 titles, plus a list of vendors, will help librarians appeal to every population.

Daddy Issues | Memoir

It’s June, time for some dad stories, tales of family and friendship, weighty discussions, and a round or two of miniature golf.

Intrigue and Inspiration | African American Fiction (and More!)

My background evaluating young adult books has me always noting a novel’s first sentence. A teenage audience has to be hooked early and fast. Most readers are familiar with famous first lines such as these three that grab readers’ attention: You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of […]

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Reading Hollywood (or Thereabouts) | Wyatt’s World

Lives are upended in Arts & Entertainments, Bloom’s character-rich coming-of-age story, Grant’s memoir illustrates the virtue of resilience, Harvey on the intimate power of film, and glitzy beach reading from Sohn.

Gentlemen, Start Your Hammocks! | Books for Dudes

Part of being a dude in the summer is mowing the lawn and then kicking back in a hammock with a beer and the latest biography of Don Knotts. Or maybe the new David Foster Wallace Reader, or any of the selections below. We got a coupla thrillahs, some triathlon awesomeness, some comic bookage, a […]

A Different Kind of Beach Reading | Wyatt’s World

From adventures to tragedies to court cases and more, here are five titles that allow readers to get their feet wet without leaving home.

Meat, Smoke, and Fire: Five Books for the Grilling Season | Wyatt’s World

Fieri’s fun, everybody-can-do-it guide, Ford’s smart & grand book for cooks with big dreams, champion pitmaster Lilly guides everyday cooks, Mylan’s chic guide to all things meat, and a gang of London chefs do BBQ, and much more.

Iggulden’s Stormbird: Battling Kings and Their Comrades | RA Crossroads

Richly set and vividly realized, Iggulden’s opening account of the long-waged battle for England’s crown is engrossing and deftly achieved.

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