A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson | LJ Review

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Atkinson, Kate. A God in Ruins. 14 CDs. 16:30 hrs. Hachette Audio. 2015. ISBN 9781478932635. $35. Playaway digital, digital download. F The best novels reward readers at every level of engagement, from the casual listener seeking an engrossing audiobook with great characters to others in pursuit of a more intellectual study of structure and craft. […]

Poet Harjo, Drama Critic Lahr, plus Jim Morrison and American Soccer | Arts & Humanities Reviews, August 2015

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Poems like music that riffs and sings and sometimes drum, an inspiring survey of modern art, Lahr’s thoughtful and critical pieces on American theater, Plenderleith chronicles the North American Soccer League, in-depth portraits of Doors singer Jim Morrison

Benincasa, Boyd, Higgins, Holleman, & Double Murakami | Fiction Reviews, August 2015

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Boyd is simply stunning; another exceptional summertime read from Higgins; an unparalleled opportunity to experience Murakami’s progression from start to phenom; a great YA crossover for older teens from Benincasa

First Novelists Bivald, Hallberg, Holleman, McCrea, Watkins, & others | Debut Fiction, August 2015

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Baker gets his spellbinding debut off to a rousing start, Bivald reminds us why we’re book lovers, Hallberg expertly handles multiple shifts in perspective, ­McCrea is a new author to follow, Watkins offers a wholly distinct work

Fiction from Beattie, Cameron, Connolly, de Bernières, Grafton, Kennedy, Reichs, and Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A wry collection from Beattie, a funny and bittersweet debut, Cameron’s latest canine-themed novel, an existential debut, a fresh take from Grafton, a rich debut, a joy for Dr. Who fans, suspense from Reichs, a rockin’ debut

Graphic Novels by DeMatteis & Johnson, Kleist, Stephenson, Willingham | Xpress Reviews

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DeMatteis & Johnson’s complex observations about life, Kleist’s masterly mix of pathos and politics, Stephenson brings an edge to the scene, Willingham’s fine, classic, and smart conclusion to his series

Nonfiction: Dog Care, von Furstenberg, Tom Brady, HBO, Hitler at Home, S-4 Disaster | Xpress Reviews

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Dogsitting as a pleasure and business, fashion fans will appreciate the life of DVF, a fan’s obsession with Tom Brady, and insider’s look at HBO, a serial for designers, the effects of propaganda on international public opinion, a tale of heroism

E-Originals from Aicher, Drewry, Kennedy, Krulewitch, & Silver, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Well-developed characters from Aicher; Drewry’s slow build leads to a lightning strike; debuter Goodman enters foodie fiction with a “bam”; Kennedy’s latest is fast-paced, hot, and intense; Krulewitch’s series outing offers a nice twisty plot

Bowen’s Debut of the Month, de Bodard, Dickinson, Tripp, Series Lineup, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2015

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A fantastical coming-of-age Western; in a cruel and decaying Paris fallen angels rule; a heroine whose motives are murky; a hugely entertaining hunter of vampire treasures; new series from Conroy, Odom, Rhoades, Snodgrass, and Weber

Herriman’s Pick of the Month, John Fortunato, Paul Johnston, Martin Walker, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, August 2015

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Herriman’s finely detailed series debut, a maverick cop in near-future Edinburgh, an enjoyable Gallic series starring France’s Dordogne region, another winner from Andrews, a gritty series set in rural West Virginia keeps getting better.