LJ Reference Reviews: August 1, 2016

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Virus shows the vital role of organisms in our ecosystem; updated Evidence Explained is essential for researchers; students of theology, philosophy, religious studies, and associated subjects will be well served by Alexander Street’s Religion databases.

LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Chang and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

Graphic Novels by Sattouf and Warner | Xpress Reviews

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Readers familiar with Marjane Satrapi will be well rewarded; fans of Randall Munroe will find Warner’s read both informative and hilarious

Fiction from Brafman, Gross, Ivey, Krueger, Rimington, Wiggs, and Debuter Paris | Xpress Reviews

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Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story

E-Originals from Kelly, Loren, Michaels, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Caution is thrown to the wind for lust in this steamy, descriptive novel; the interplay is hot and flirty and will leave readers with a smile on their faces; entertaining and engaging from beginning to end; gaming junkies will enjoy the “Slices of Pi” series

LJ Media Reviews: August 1, 2016

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman has much to say about race, teenage love, and family relationships; Deathgasm and Highway to Hell: Who knew horror could be so entertaining?

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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From Japanese Tattoos to Botticelli Reimagined to football’s Game Changers, a fresh view of history, plus Damn Delicious recipes, “incomparable” memoirs, and an essential American Heiress

August 2016 LibraryReads

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The top ten books librarians across the country can’t put down

Partners in Crime: How Indie Authors and Libraries Gain New Readers

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When I decided to participate in the SELF-e program, I did so because I saw it as a boon for indie writers, librarians, and readers. As a relatively unknown author writing in the very popular crime fiction genre, I often find it difficult to make my work stand out and to establish a loyal audience. I’ve also found this to be true with the first YA novel that I’ve written. Today, there are so many great books available by both traditionally published and self-published authors that it is more challenging than ever to catch the attention of new readers.

Christian Fiction | Best Sellers, July 2016

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Kingsbury, the Brunstetters, Robin Lee Hatcher, and more