Fiction from Fossum, McFadden, Mofina, Moore, O’Connell, and Debuter Stambach | Xpress Reviews

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A new Sejer novel from Fossum; a window into the often very difficult lives of African Americans; Mofina’s latest Kate Page story is a perfect book to take to the beach; expect heavy demand for The Last Days of Night; O’Connell’s latest mystery is satisfyingly complex; Stambach successfully conjures the tone of a Russian novel

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2016

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Immersive stories of healing & faith from Griep, Rubart, Stevenson; debuter Bennett is sophisticated & nuanced, Donoghue startlingly rewarding; short fiction for fall; Holm’s Red Right Hand is a real thrill ride

Fiction from Atir, Cobbs, Hannah, Scott, Stibbe, and Wolfe | Xpress Reviews

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A rewarding read from Atir; another bout of Hamilton fever; Hannah reunites with her inner Christie; Scott fans will see double in this bizarre mashup; Stibbe’s coming-of-age story is guaranteed to amuse and delight; Wolfe’s dark Canadian import will ring the right note

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

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Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Harry Potter: The Backlist | Wyatt’s World

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Just as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, has looked to stories past to create the latest entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, readers’ advisers can reach into the stacks and pull out plenty of Potter read-alikes to share.

Olympic Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Starting August 5, media broadcasts turn their attention from the divisiveness of American politics to the united and global celebration of sport. There are plenty of titles to provide parallel reading. Here are five starting examples.

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.

France Now & Then | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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A great tale of mystery, artistry, history, and a little romance from Juliet Blackwell with plenty of backstory and tidbits about Parisian life in the 19th century and a skillful debut from Laura Madeleine about a woman in a race against time to discover her grandfather’s past, set against the backdrop of France

Vacation Fiction | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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A delightful story that will be appreciated by most women, especially those of a certain age who don’t want to do anything, let alone grow old, gracefully and a secret-laden novel with a final twist that ties things up in a neat bow are two perfect summer beach reads

Fiction from Avit, Gregson, Hiaasen, London, Walker, plus Debuts and Mississippi Noir | Xpress Reviews

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Chabot’s debut is for teen, tween, and adult fans of futuristic YA adventure; Gregson’s multilayered story; Hatton has created an unforgettable debut; Hiaasen fans will not be disappointed; London graciously captures young love; Walker’s treatise on the nature of memory and trauma; alternative history, poetically written by Wolff