Q&A: Anna Freeman | Debut Spotlight, July 2015

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A nuanced portrayal of class and gender equality that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages, Anna Freeman’s The Fair Fight proves an outstanding debut.

Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

“Volunteering at a library is rewarding. It was a thrill to see my mysteries on the library shelves…. It was fun to recommend my favorite writers, if a patron asked for help. If they liked my suggestions, I felt like a successful matchmaker.”

A Poetic Journey of Self-Discovery, the Sport of 9-Man, plus Latest Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, July 2015

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One of the year’s best films, Tracks deserves to be tracked by libraries; a talented new voice in documentary filmmaking captures the nonmainstream sport of 9-Man; Schlöndorff delivers a fascinating rumination on wartime duty and honor

America’s Underground, Comma Queen Norris, a Heartwarming Mother/Son Memoir | Audiobook Reviews, July 2015

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Burrough investigates the six major underground groups in late 20th-century America; a laugh-out-loud narrative from The New Yorker‘s Norris; NPR host Simon’s heartwarming bio

First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

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  The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]

Laura Dave | LibraryReads Author, June 15, 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter Laura Dave, author of Eight Hundred Grapes

Hall, Littlefield, Mario, Fenton & Steinke, Urquhart | Fiction Reviews, June 15, 2015

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Hall moves at a fast pace but goes in-depth with each character’s moving struggle to be heard; Mario forms an action-packed emotional movement; readers will marvel at Urquhart’s poetic, almost ethereal writing

First Novelists Arlidge, Curry, McPherson, Stewart, Stradal, & Others | Debut Fiction, June 15, 2015

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A fast-paced, terrifying, and impossible to put down novel from Arlidge; Curry’s fascinating glimpse into China; historical fiction fans will delight in Stewart’s eccentric women characters; Liontas’s multigenerational tale is a provocative achievement

An Extraordinary Journey, Inside Military Culture, Teenage Homelessness, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A resounding performance of a strong woman surviving all that life can throw at her; an intimate look at military culture; a moving portrait of teenage homelessness that deserves to be viewed by a very wide audience.

Fiction from Grant, Hewson, and Pratchett & Baxter | Xpress Reviews

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Grant scorches with sensational sex and authentic Scottish dialog despite a labyrinthine plot, Hewson’s crime novel disappoints, a marriage-minded debut doesn’t add up to much, Pratchett’s final Earth title will be cherished