Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Early Summer Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Like most celebrations, summer reading starts earlier and earlier each year. One might as well begin reading in the mode of the season sooner rather than later. Here are five ways to devise a plan of action.

Fiction from Chaplin, Thoft, and Tiraboschi | Xpress Reviews

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A brilliantly complex historical novel from Chaplin, a worthy successor to Thoft’s earlier series entries, Tiraboschi’s first work to be translated into English has promise

Fiction from Cooley, Factor, Gist, Harris, Johnson, and London | Xpress Reviews

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A superb mystery from Cooley; Gist’s latest offers more details on the Chicago World’s Fair; Harris’s Loki is sly, devious, and conflicted; more Longmire from Johnson; and London’s Cabot sister goes for adventure

Comedy Classics: It Happened One Night and Tootsie, with Jeeves and Wooster, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newly restored ­reissues cement One Night and Tootsie in the comedy pantheon; Jeeves and Wooster, practically perfect in every way; Vera will hold readers’ attention right up to the last scene.

The Latest from Virginia Judge Clark, a Comedic Kwan, Meltzer’s Third “Culper Ring,” & More | Fiction Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Clark’s readers will be coming back for more, Kwan’s latest shocks and surprises, Meltzer’s third offering in his “Culper Ring” series is a taut political thriller, Teran’s brilliant reimagining of Anne of Green Gables

First Novels from Brelinski, Francombe, Liftin, Teran, Vu Tran, & Others | Debut Fiction, May 1, 2015

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Bannan’s skillfully nuanced approach to the high school mean girls drama plot, Francombe’s inventive take on the Battle of Waterloo, Southern mystery and lore from McTeer, Vu Tran’s haunting and mesmerizing, noir-filled Dragonfish

Maeve Binchy’s Times, Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide, True Crime from Journalist Leovy | Audiobook Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newspaper columns from throughout Binchy’s tenure at The Irish Times; when it comes to books on SEALs, Courtley is the real deal; Leovy’s debut Ghettoside paints a compelling picture of life in south Los Angeles

Kurson’s Pirate Hunters Lead the Quest for Buried Treasure | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge, and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, pirate treasure leads me down a winding path.