Fiction from Ball, Brown, Kelly, Kundera, Lynch, Makkai, Markovits, Roosevelt, Tucker + Debuts | Xpress Reviews


Ball’s cure for suicide, a domestic noir, Kelly might disappoint, Kundera offers an intellectual workout, Lynch’s novel is lovely if not light, Makkai’s starred title is strange and profound, Roosevelt knows the Beltway, Tucker has a flare for lingo

Finding Closure: The End of a Series | In the Bookroom


It was with excitement and some dismay that I read the final installments of a pair of long-running historical series: Willig’s Pink Carnation and Long’s Pennyroyal Green

J. Ryan Stradal | LibraryReads Author, July 2015


Interview with No. 1 vote getter J. Ryan Stradal

Hot Reads from Franzen, Hornby, Willig, plus Stories from Dovey & More | Fiction Reviews, July 2015


Demand will be high for Franzen’s latest; a snappy, heartwarming comedy from Hornby; Willig’s final “Pink Carnation” offers a slice of reading heaven; Pintoff’s Hostage Taker is hailed as one of the year’s best thrillers.

First Novelists Clegg, Foroutan, Islam, Jaffe, Samuel, & Others | Debut Fiction, July 2015


Readers will be transfixed by Clegg’s stellar language and storytelling; Islam merges fascinating narrative, honest characters, and the rich history and culture of Bangladesh; Samuel stuns with a heart-stopping narrative

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


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


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


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


  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 […]