On & off the Record | What We’re Reading

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Two debut novels, a true crime thriller, father-son comparisons, and fashion week in NYC.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 1, 2016

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The Birth of a Dream, an autobiographical masterpiece; Citizen Steinbeck; Curtis Mayfield; poets Armantrout and Pinsky; plus Hahn’s view of U.S. imperial ambitions, histories of Vietnam and the Caliphate; Table Manners; and books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

Graphic Novels from Lemrie, Lenox, & Bellaire and McClanahan & Cavolo | Xpress Reviews

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An appealing option for older teens and adults owing to graphic language and violence; a blend of music, biography, art, and mental illness that belongs in collections with Ellen Forney’s Marbles and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Nonfiction on Study Skills, Healthy Baking, JFK & Masculinity | Xpress Reviews

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An unsuccessful attempt to organize study skills; Hertzberg revises his advice on bread-making; those looking for period studies related to American culture during the 1950s and 1960s should find Watts’s title intriguing

European History, August 2016 | Best Sellers

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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

E-Originals from Claire, James, and Kane, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Chandler’s debut doesn’t quite meet the erotica mark; an addicted Hollywood star and her lover will be quite addictive; James’s novella settles some affairs, but A Gentleman Never Tells; fans of paranormal mysteries will enjoy Kane’s latest

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.

Loss & Gain | Memoir

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Each of this month’s memoirs is about growing stronger in different ways, even as each writer loses something crucial or someone essential. While they won’t leave a dry eye in the house, they’ll evoke cathartic and redemptive tears.