Fiction

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Short Stories Collections | Wyatt’s World

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Gaiman gets under the skin with Trigger Warning; Heiny garners praise for Single, Carefree, Mellow; Link returns with Get in Trouble; debut collections from Pelecanos, Pierce.

Fiction from Lawson, O’Reilly, Rhoades, and Robb, plus a U.S. Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Cross makes his U.S. debut with a harrowing thriller, a riveting historical mystery from Lawson, a disappointment from O’Reilly, Rhoades’s Keller is a fun character to root for, and Robb’s latest “In Death” title is highly recommended

First and Seconds: Debuts and Sophomore Efforts To Know in January | Wyatt’s World

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Based on the books receiving attention in places where readers gather, here are five works—all debuts or second novels—you should get to know.

Fiction from Brandt, Persson, & a Debut Thriller | Xpress Reviews

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Crackling dialog and a panoramic view of urban life from Price alter ego Harry Brandt, a good bet for Nordic crime fans from Persson, and Reardon’s well-written and fast-paced debut thriller

Resolution Reading | Wyatt’s World

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January arrives with new books and resolutions—to clean up, be more productive, and lose weight (among many other things). Display possibilities are endless, from new hits to past favorites. Here are five titles to suggest and showcase.

Fiction from Clare, Hoag, Kava, & Meister | Xpress Reviews

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Historical fiction fans will enjoy Clare’s latest, Hoag’s thriller offers plenty of plot twists, Kava has written another suspenseful winner, and Meister will stoke the curiosity of those unfamiliar with Dorothy Parker’s great wit

Bergman, Goldhagen, Unger, with Historicals, Westerns, & Debuts Aplenty | Fiction Reviews, January 2015

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Bergman writes with brilliant cadence and economy, Goldhagen is sure to resonate with fans of nonlinear storytelling, Unger’s best work yet, Hepworth’s debut is a deftly told, thoughtful intergenerational story that will delight readers.

Fresh Voices in Fiction: Anderson, Carr, Freeman, Jackman, Lester, van den Berg, Yoerg, & Others | Debut Fiction, January 2015

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Freeman’s debut is thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended; Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road; van den Berg presents a frighteningly plausible near-future dystopia grounded in human elements; Yoerg’s debut leaves readers wanting more.

Rwanda’s Ingoma Nshya, Secrets & Scandal in Higher Ed, Photographers Lange, Weber, plus Fast Scans | Video Reviews, January 2015

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A powerful portrait of a committed group of people changing their world; Happy Valley succeeds spectacularly; an informative, even-handed documentary of Lange; a gritty, jazzy look at NYC through Weber’s lens.

Gawande on Mortality, Action-rich Henshaw, Petersen on Hollywood, plus Media News | Audiobook Reviews, January 2015

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Gawande shows that we are shifting from a highly medicalized end of life to an experience in which we can have some sort of meaning, Henshaw’s clever and electrifying follow-up to Red Cell, Petersen’s prose is engaging and illuminating.

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