LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

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Boyd/Kirk take readers behind today’s headlines; Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth’s iconic masterpiece; Santiago’s debut ticks all the boxes for a first-rate thriller; Ollmann is an early contender for the best in 2017; Welsh’s debut is an inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age

Fiction from Evans, Miller, Peacock, Wilhide, and Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Mazzola’s debut draws on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder; Miller has created a quirky, relatable family; Murphy’s imaginative debut is a haunting ghost story and a thrilling mystery; Peacock’s second novel may appeal to readers of Sue Monk Kidd; two stories focus on filmmaking during World War II

Ring in the New with a Debut | Wyatt’s World

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Earnest resolutions are not the only way to begin a new year—try a debut novelist. These five recently released and forthcoming titles introduce a plethora of possibilities.

Fiction from Bauer, Dial, Mendoza, and Stachniak, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An intense, compelling novel from British author Bauer; fans of Clare Mackintosh and Tana French should add Corry to their must-read lists; Mendoza is a logical recommendation for admirers of the similarly themed novels of Don Winslow; Peelle parlays her short story skills into an endearing debut novel; dance fans will welcome this graceful and entrancing foray into the recent past

Back Pocket RA: The Year Concludes with Memorable Fiction | Wyatt’s World

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As 2016 nods its head in farewell, here are five novels that will long be read, well into next year, and the years beyond.

Reading Carrie Fisher | In the Bookroom

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To celebrate Fisher as a writer, I have gone back into Library Journal‘s Book Verdict vault and pulled up our reviews of her novels and memoirs. For librarians, these would make a nice display counterpoint to DVDs of the actress’s films and stage performances.

Reviewers of the Year 2016

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A huge thank you to all our contributors, and special recognition to those who made this year even more outstanding. Interested in joining the LJ reviewing team? Click on the article for further details.

Never More Relevant: 50 Books for February, Black History Month, and Beyond

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Consider the models of leadership and activism outlined by Muhammad Ali or Coretta Scott King, the courage of Ona Judge, the creativity of Chester Himes, the verve of Charlamagne Tha God. It’s time for a reacquaintance with our past.

Fiction from Harman, Noble, Post, and Rodale, plus Three Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A quiet novel about a woman rediscovering her true self; a tender win-win romance of two like-minded people; fans of historical fiction about the opening of the American West will enjoy this sweeping novel; a good choice for fans of grit lit that emphasizes blood ties and redneck justice; a sort of spiritual prequel to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One; Rodale has created a delightful heroine in the brainy yet passionate Lady Claire; writer and director Wilson weaves a complex plot that builds in intrigue and tension

Spy Stories|Fiction Reviews, January 2017

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Historical fiction teams up with spy novel in this fantastic WW II epic A Single Spy by William Christie while Mick Herron brings us his fourth installment of the Slough House Series that will have you on the edge of your seat