Ringing In the New, Ringing Out the Old | French on Fridays

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On keeping book lists, tallying totals, and reading in 2016

Elizabeth Strout | LibraryReads Author Spotlight, January 1, 2016

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“People will go after you for combining poverty and abuse,” warns Sarah Payne, a writer admired by the eponymous heroine of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton.

Weina Dai Randel | Debut Spotlight, January 1, 2016

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The first in a duology coming out in March, The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is a stunning debut for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.

Righting Past Wrongs: Alafair Burke’s The Ex

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In Burke’s 11th novel, Olivia Randall’s once great love, Jack Harris—whose heart she broke when they were young but old enough for her to carry the guilt all these years later—returns in the most unexpected way.

Reviewers of the Year 2015 | LJ Reviews

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Congratulations to 2015’s Reviewers of the Year

Goodbyes & Good Books | What We’re Reading

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As 2015 ebbed, I asked the “What We’re Reading” gang about their favorite books of the year and if anybody had reconsidered an initial review or judgment of a book. Except for Meredith, they (and I) neatly sidestepped that query and instead talked about memoirs, romantic escapes, Byronic detective stories, mythical graphic novels, and diet […]

Q&A: Dave Ferraro| SELF-e

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Dave Ferraro’s latest title, Yokai, was recently named Best Fantasy in Library Journal‘s Self-Published Ebook Awards and is available to read on the SELF-e platform.

Bring Out Your Bests | French on Fridays

The glamour, grit, and buzzwords of book criticism

What Is the Greatest British Novel Ever Written? Hint: The Author Is a Woman

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A BBC Culture poll of 82 international book critics named George Eliot’s Middlemarch as the greatest British novel ever written. Women writers performed especially well, making up nearly 40% of the top 100 books.

On with the Show | What We’re Reading

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This week, “What We’re Reading” staffers go to the movies (and to the theater, the zoo, and on a quick trip to the land of dragons) as antidote to real life.