Fiction

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Books America Needs To Read | In the Bookroom

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One idea solidified by the fascinating February 15 panel, discussion “Challenging Topics, Challenging Times: Four Best-Selling Authors Reflect upon Culture, Creativity, and Changing the Conversation,” is that all Americans need to keep reading.

Fiction from Appel and Prebble with Debuters Heubusch and Hickie | Xpress Reviews

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Resembling a psychiatrist’s clinical case study—a gripping one to be sure; Bondurant can carry a series, and this book demands a sequel! Hickie raises some interesting moral/ethical questions; plot twists may keep readers intrigued, but the stilted language and shallow characters make the novel less enjoyable

Romantic Pairings | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2017

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For Valentine’s Day and beyond, here are a few perfectly matched romances: two paranormal debuts, sequels to recent series, and a duo of gems on audio.

The Library as Safe Place | Behind the Book, February 15, 2017

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When I was growing up in Washington, DC, the library was my safe place. I went two or three times a week after school and stayed until my working mother could retrieve me….So it is probably no surprise that my local library became the “safe place” where I wrote my latest book The Women in the Castle, a historical novel that took me over seven years to finish.

Q&A: Sana Krasikov | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2017

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Debut novelist Sana Krasikov shares insights into her inspiration for The Patriots, the current political climate, and her penchant for index cards.

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 1, 2017

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Believable characters and a story that keeps readers’ attention glued until the final page makes this a worthy addition to World War II novels; Makumbi’s Kintu will appeal to lovers of African fiction; Chang’s sparse writing infused with Chinatown culture will attract those who are drawn to noir mysteries with a rich cultural component

Fiction from Gundar-Goshen, Jenkins, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

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An auspicious entry on the English-language scene for Israeli author Gundar-Goshen; Jenkins’s sweetly enticing romance includes a good deal of historical detail; Winspear’s compelling series entry feels very timely in light of our current political climate

Awoke Reading: Celebrating African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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With the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture hosting record crowds, and a swath of important achievements by various artists and authors, Black History Month is particularly meaningful this year.

Deceptive Friends | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

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Bell’s edgy first novel is chock-full of dirty little secrets, lies, and manipulations; psychological suspense fans will find that Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger will not disappoint

Time Travels | Fiction Reviews, February 15, 2017

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Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by The Scribe of Siena while Julie McElwain takes readers on a suspense-filled journey in her new novel A Twist in Time