Fiction from Bohjalian, Meyer, Murray, and Debuter McCarthy | Xpress Reviews

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Bohjalian’s latest will captivate readers who crave an edge-of-your-seat page-turner; mystery fans will be looking forward to the next Dr. Harry Kent novel; a fun read for those who enjoy the lighter side of spy fiction; Murray’s bold historical is wise and good enough

E-Originals from Barnard, March, and Sotto | Xpress Reviews

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Like the previous series installment, this sequel brings real heart to an exciting fantasy adventure; March’s breathtaking “Thistle Bend” series takes on a “green” bent; Sotto hits all the romantic high notes; highly recommended

Biology, December 2016 | Best Sellers

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Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

Gingerbread Classics, Simple Fare, Art of Pie, Pho, Barbecue | Cooking Reviews, December 2016

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Essential for aspiring ­gingerbread architects; a blogger cookbook you’ll want to use right away; few pie cookbooks are as heartwarming and funny as McDermott’s; anyone new to hosting a dinner party can benefit from Monaghan’s tutelage

Altmetrics, Tech-Buying Strategies, Digital Collections, Funding Sources | Pro Media Reviews, November 15, 2016

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A smart, reader-friendly primer on alternative research metrics; a crucial text for libraries planning a technology upgrade; detailed plans for digitization projects; a solid how-to for anyone involved in library and nonprofit fundraising

Betrayal and Forgiveness | African American Fiction (and More)

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There’s a satisfying amount of betrayal, bedroom romps, and violence to please a wide range of urban fiction readers. However, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s latest work moves away from these overworked themes and offers a message of forgiveness while dealing with an overzealous “friend.”

All in Good Time | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2016

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Just as Ursula K. Le Guin once said, authors help readers sail the river of time. The boarding pass for a story can take one deep into history, far into the future, or allow bibliophiles to bounce back and forth.

All Those Perfect Flaws | Romance Reviews, December 2016

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Most interesting characters have their faults—you could even say it’s those flaws that make them perfect.

A Year in Books | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2016

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In keeping with this column’s end-of-the-year tradition of highlighting favorite titles, a number of readers’ advisors have surveyed their bookshelves and pulled novels they have deeply enjoyed.