The Chimes by Anna Smaill | LJ Review

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One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout (including clever musical terms), this debut takes time to digest but is worth the effort.

Poetry + Prose = | What We’re Reading

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A touch of poetry amidst the prose choices of the “What We’re Reading” gang.

New Directions in Sock Knitting by Ann Budd | LJ Review

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Experienced sock knitters who relish a challenge will want to pick this one up, as will knitters weary of traditional patterns.

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries | LJ Review

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Graced with pleasingly wrought characters who develop beautifully and a crafty villain you’ll love to hate, along with clever dialog and rapier wit, this compelling, deliciously seductive story takes the classic marriage of convenience to a new level and sets the stage for the next in the series.

Reading Crime | Wyatt’s World

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Crime appears to be the topic of the moment. Launched anew in 2012 by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and 2014’s podcast Serial and fed by a cavalcade of interest, the genre’s diversity proves the range of its appeal. Here are five titles to suggest.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, April 2016

Hannah’s Nightingale soars to the top of fiction; Baldacci is squared; Kalanithi stays atop nonfiction with When Breath Becomes Air

Romance Writers of America Announces 2016 RITA Finalists | RWA 2016

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Here’s the official announcement from Romance Writers of America (RWA) on this year’s award nominees: Romance Writers of America® (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2016 RITA® Awards on March 25. The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels […]

Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Hadley Freeman’s Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Anymore)

LibraryReads May 2016

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The May LibraryReads list features a irresistible novel by Fredrik Backman about a woman who leaves her cheating husband and settles down in a town of misfits—and finding a second chance along the way.

Once Upon a Utopia | Social Science Reviews, May 1, 2016

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Four riveting accounts that explore some of the many communities in America that have set out over the years to find a new way of life, away from it all, by setting up their own personal utopias and communes. Some, needless to say, worked out better than others.