Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A charming novel about four sisters who make it big in vaudeville to support their struggling family; likable, hardworking characters populate a hopeful novel about a woman who dreams of making it big as an actress while working at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London

Illustration That Works, Creative Cut Cards, Enameling Jewelry, and Traditional Nordic Knits | Crafts & DIY Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A practical yet sophisticated guide for aspiring artists and recent art school graduates alike; a fun and functional guide to card making; an extensive guide to enameling jewelry; classic Nordic knitwear that will appeal to all levels of knitters, and many more crafts & DIY book reviews

Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan | LJ Review

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In this stunning novel from Rogan (The Lifeboat), seemingly unrelated story threads are ingeniously woven into an explosive whole.

A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin | LJ Review

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Durbin (Dragonfly) gives his story an old-fashioned fairy-tale feel (with the exception of Mr. Girondole, the other characters are given initials) and imbues his settings with a languorous sense of being outside of time

We Love Paris | LJ Video Reviews, May 15, 2016

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Maison Close is recommended for those who like period dramas with a psychological edge; Thérèse Raquin presents an absorbing tale that will appeal to those who favor melodrama.

Chambers’s Debut of the Month, Durbin, Vyleta, plus Newcomer Merbeth & Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, May 15, 2016

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THE SFWA NEBULA Conference, which runs May 12–15 in Chicago, features the presentation of the Nebula Awards, recognizing the best U.S. works of sf and fantasy as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill & the Staff of The Intercept | LJ Review

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While very much a work of the moment, this account delivers a searing, facts-driven indictment of America’s drone wars and their implications for U.S. democracy and foreign policy.

Fiction from Backman, Brown, Finder, Gutcheon, Hilderbrand, Kaye, & Mackay | Xpress Reviews

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LibraryReads top pick Backman, a consistently timely thriller from Finder, Gutcheon launches a new series of traditional cozies, Hilderbrand writes another beachy family drama, Kaye hits the rising popularity of MCs in romance, debuter McCluskey succeeds in handling parental grief, Mackay’s compelling modern noir

E-Originals from Dimon, Justiss, and Swank | Xpress Reviews

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Dimon’s new covert series starts with a bang, readers will be pulled into the lives of Justiss’s sensual characters, for contemporary romance fans, especially those who can’t stop watching home improvement and/or wedding shows

Nonfiction: Library Careers, One World Trade Center, Cooking Burgers, Laurie Notaro | Xpress Reviews

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A detailed profession guide with a self-help approach for librarians, the biography of One World Trade Center, Good Housekeeping on cooking burgers, Notaro’s humor gets a bit tedious