Fiction

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Beauty and the Beast Redux | RA Crossroads

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The story of Beauty and the Beast, first published by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, is a fraught one, oft used as an example of repulsive messaging toward women and argued over by scholars.

Fiction from Cutler and Kessel, with First-Timers Hezroni and Tilghman | Xpress Reviews

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Cutler has overwhelmed this novel with story angles; Hezroni’s thriller will delight those who enjoy the twisted world of international espionage; Kessel’s wonderfully weighty novel is speculative fiction at its finest; this warmhearted first novel celebrates the value of community (and libraries!)

Two of a Kind: Weird Sister Tales

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Two heartwarming stories about sisters and the challenges they face throughout life; separation from their families and reconciliation with their pasts make both books interesting reads

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

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Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

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Another solid offering from best-selling Swedish author Backman; a marvelous debut for all romantics who believe in hope; a new series from the most dependable names in comics Brubaker and Phillips; newcomer Mukherjee delivers a stirring, entertaining mystery that bursts with lively historical details

Fiction from Fierro, Hunt, Paretsky, Sykes, and Newcomer Torjussen | Xpress Reviews

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Characters are as busy chewing the scenery as the moths are chewing leaves; another plus is Hunt’s vivid, pungent prose and racy dialog; Paretsky’s novels are never dull; recommended for those who enjoy Nancy Martin’s mysteries involving fashion and parties; Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending

Writing Her Story | Wyatt’s World

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There are many ways to celebrate Women’s History month. Here are five suggestions, from novels about women by women to nonfiction marking important moments and figures, both past and present.

Fiction from Hämäläinen, London, Longworth, and Misko and Debuts Galore | Xpress Reviews

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Debuts from Buntin, Cottrell, Hartnett, Magariel, Ruby, and Underdown are all worth checking out, for disturbing, emotional, sharp, insightful, nerve-jarring, astute, and suspenseful fiction. Also, Hämäläinen’s intriguing puzzle, London’s breathtaking romance, and Longworth’s whodunit

Lincoln in the Bardo (What To Read, Listen to Next) | RA Crossroads

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In his first novel, Saunders creates a kind of polyphonic spree, with more than 100 different voices telling a tale of pain, loss, and anger but also love and communion.

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

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Inspiring in tone, Denton’s delicious debut delivers a must-read; an excellent series of Sapphic fantasies; McClellan’s skillful worldbuilding and nuanced characters will undoubtedly tempt readers to go back to his earlier work; with hints of a YA coming-of-age tale, Trophy Son will draw in sports fiction fans; Ludwig’s triumphant achievement is borne from his own experience as the adoptive parent of a teen with autism