A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015

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Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

National Poetry Month: Five Suggestions | Wyatt’s World

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Important new collections from poets to know.

Literary Lagniappe | Wyatt’s World

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A collection for the literary minded, from Young Eliot to Elizabeth Bishop to The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

Stibbe’s Man at the Helm | RA Crossroads

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The joy of Stibbe’s first novel, after her highly praised memoir, Love, Nina is how funny and sly it is, how gracefully it advances, and how perfectly and rather suddenly it all ends.

Second Novels | Wyatt’s World

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Here are five authors to introduce to readers while their “read back” file is still slim and their careers are taking off.

Lend Me Your Ears: Books for Audiophiles | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2015

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In February, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Awards were announced, offering up 12 terrific honorees. As there is never enough space on a list to fit every favorite, the members of the committee chose seven more titles worth ­recognition.

Five Women Write Their Truth | Wyatt’s World

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As we celebrate March, Women’s History Month, here are accounts of five women, some working in fields in which men predominate, others reflecting on what fictional heroines have taught them, and all of them raising a voice.

Crisis of Character: Debut Psychological Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2015

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Psychological fiction of all kinds gives fans a chance to step outside of themselves and occupy the space of someone in grave danger. In this collection of debut novels readers become onlookers to murder, are taken over by a stranger, or search for a missing child.

Fairy Tales and Fables: Old and New | Wyatt’s World

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Publishing seems to have been enchanted with fairy tales and fables lately. Here are five examples, ranging from a newly discovered cache of traditional stories to a long-awaited novel that mines beloved tropes to a debut that creates a fable for our time.

After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.