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Lori Roy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Walter Mosley Take Top Honors | Edgar Awards 2016

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How do you top a Pulitzer Prize? Try winning an Edgar Award. At the Mystery Writers of America 70th Annual Edgar Awards banquet, held April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer took the Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author.

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review

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Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises, and introduces a memorable and powerful female protagonist.

Lambda Literary’s Emerging Writer Award Winners Announced

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Lambda Literary announces their 2016 Emerging Writers Award winners

Kierkegaard on Diversity, Environmentalism & Faith, American Exceptionalism, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, May 1, 2016

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IN HER PREFACE to The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr writes that there’s artifice to the relationship between memoirist and reader; each, in his or her own way, struggles with the concept of story.

“Adult Stuff,” Mindful Living, Creative Ideas, Depression & Hope | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2016

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A MULTITUDE OF TROUBLESOME, or what might be called “growing” points are central to this month’s titles. Starting with the improve-your-life-in-general books, there are offerings with solutions for inefficiency, improving time management, and developing an appreciation for everyday life.

Ballpark Dreams: Biographies and Histories That Will Be of Interest All Yearlong

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Bjarkman’s book is revelation; Kenny delivers an entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan; Kurkjian’s thoughtful approach shows why the game fascinates legions of fans; anyone interested in baseball’s legacy will enjoy Lindbergh and Miller’s account.

Reflections of War: Behind the Scenes of Notable Battles

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Spanning three centuries of history, these titles recount the aftermath of battle, in particular the Revolutionary War (1775–83), Civil War (1861–65), and World War II (1939–45). There are also two contrasting appraisals of leader Douglas ­MacArthur, along with a biography of Civil War general William Tecumseh ­Sherman.

Paging Through History | RA Crossroads

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In this accessible and wide-ranging account, Kurlansky’s narrative moves through time and across the globe investigating the reign of paper and its far reach.

Family Mysteries: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me

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“Families are machines of glorious ­dysfunction,” says crime novelist Megan Abbott of the driving force behind her latest novel, You Will Know Me, “and that’s okay and inevitable.”

Fantasy Reading | Wyatt’s World

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More tales from the world of the Abercrombie’s “First Law” books, a new collection of lyrical fantasy tales from Aiken, the latest entry in Brooke’s stand-alone series, Cronin’s much-anticipated trilogy conclusion, a beloved Beast