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Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)

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Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Best Books 2014: More of the Best

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Abbott, Karen. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Harper. ISBN 9780062092892. $27.99, ebk. ISBN 9780062092915. HIST Abbott (Sin in the Second City) here follows four women—two on the side of the Union, two who sympathized with the Confederacy—who used the tools at their disposal to fight in the Civil War. […]

Best Books 2014: Top Ten

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By Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Amanda Mastrull, Annalisa Pesek, Stephanie Sendaula, Henrietta Verma, and Wilda Williams Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Grove. ISBN 9780802122513. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802192677. F In Gay’s debut novel, Mireille Jameson is kidnapped while visiting her parents in Haiti with her American husband and their son. […]

Best Books 2014: E-Originals

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From dystopian sf, vampire stories, and Indian culture clashes to intergalactic adventures, a very hot fantasy, tortured heroes and heroines, and military romance, the best ebooks offer a rich and deep well of reading enjoyment

Best Books 2014: Romance

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Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer Kristin Ramsdell puts the Top Ten Best Romance of 2014 in perspective

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

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The best books of the year, as chosen by LJ’s review editors, in the case of the top ten and the best of the rest, and by our reviewers and columnists, in the case of genre fiction and nonfiction. A fully annotated version of these lists will appear in upcoming LJReviews enewsletters and in the December issue of LJ.

Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

A Multiplicity of Realms | SF/Fantasy Genre Spotlight

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Growing diversity in source material, subgenres, and even publishing models expands the universe of speculative fiction.

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

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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.

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

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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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