Back to School | Wyatt’s World

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Read in the school year with subject-aligned nonfiction. Be it history, math, art, or literature, there are a plethora of choices no matter the interest. Here are a wide-ranging five.

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2015

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New fiction titles to be reviewed in the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal. The list includes pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Fiction from Atkins, Block, Kramer, Moore, Wilson, & Debuter Pashley | Xpress Reviews

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Quinn Colson in Mississippi, sexually graphic hard-boiled fiction from Block, Kramer’s very enjoyable read about a librarian, a darkly funny sequel from Moore, an unrelentingly gritty first novel, Wilson takes off at breakneck speed

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter | LJ Review

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Slaughter, Karin. Pretty Girls. Morrow. Sept. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062429056. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429063. F After Claire Scott’s millionaire husband of almost 20 years is killed by a mugger, she’s devastated. Paul was her rock, and the happiness she felt with him was unlike anything she’d ever known. When an attempted burglary during the funeral […]

Fiction from Daly, Holm, Klaussmann, Lancaster, Longworth, Thomas, & Weiner | Xpress Reviews

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Daly’s intriguing story, wild & furious action from Holm, engrossing historical fiction from Klaussmann, hilarious women’s fiction from Lancaster, a delight for Francophiles from Longworth, a new Western series from Thomas, first love from Weiner

Purity by Jonathan Franzen |LJ Review

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Franzen, Jonathan. Purity. Farrar. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9780374239213. $28.00; ebk. ISBN 9780374710743. F Does anyone have truly pure intentions, or are most people motivated by their own needs and desires? This is one of the questions posed by Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom) in his provocative new novel, a book rich with characters searching for roots […]

Early Warning by Jane Smiley | LJ Review

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Smiley, Jane. Early Warning. (Last Hundred Years Trilogy, Bk. 2). 15 CDs. 18:12 hrs. Books on Tape. Knopf. 2015. ISBN 9781101889077. $50. digital download. F Convening in 1953 for father and grandfather Walter’s funeral, the Iowa Langdon family notes another recent passing—Joseph Stalin. The Cold War escalates; weapons and the fortunes of Walter’s descendants (mostly) […]

Benincasa, Boyd, Higgins, Holleman, & Double Murakami | Fiction Reviews, August 2015

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Boyd is simply stunning; another exceptional summertime read from Higgins; an unparalleled opportunity to experience Murakami’s progression from start to phenom; a great YA crossover for older teens from Benincasa

First Novelists Bivald, Hallberg, Holleman, McCrea, Watkins, & others | Debut Fiction, August 2015

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Baker gets his spellbinding debut off to a rousing start, Bivald reminds us why we’re book lovers, Hallberg expertly handles multiple shifts in perspective, ­McCrea is a new author to follow, Watkins offers a wholly distinct work

Fiction from Beattie, Cameron, Connolly, de Bernières, Grafton, Kennedy, Reichs, and Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A wry collection from Beattie, a funny and bittersweet debut, Cameron’s latest canine-themed novel, an existential debut, a fresh take from Grafton, a rich debut, a joy for Dr. Who fans, suspense from Reichs, a rockin’ debut