Reading and Reacting | French on Fridays

This week I realize that truth is harder, not to mention stranger, than fiction.

New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World

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Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.

Stagg vs. The Birth of Cutthroat Football by John Kryk | LJ Review

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Kryk, John. Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015. 360p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781442248250. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781442248267. SPORTS Using archival materials, Kryk (Natural Enemies) chronicles the lives of two pioneering coaches: the University of Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost (1871–1946) and the University of ­Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862–1965). While […]

Biology, July 2015 | Best Sellers

Biology, July 2015 | Best Sellers

No Comfort for the Lost: A Mystery of Old San Francisco by Nancy Herriman | LJ Review

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LJ’s starred review of Nancy Herriman’s No Comfort for the Lost.

Coloring, Geeking, Watching, Witching, & More | What We’re Reading

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LJ/SLJ and JLG staffers share their oddball and nightmare and just plain vanilla reads this week.

Two Across by Jeff Bartsch | LJ Reviews

Two Across

Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. F Bartsch’s first novel opens at a 1960 spelling bee at a Washington, DC hotel, where we meet Vera Baxter and Stanley Owens, brilliantly fierce competitors in the national championship. In a rare occurrence, they tie for the win, a […]

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg | LJ Review

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Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 944p. ISBN 9780385353779. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353786. F This epic, well-written, and highly entertaining first novel is set in New York City from around Christmas 1976 to the blackout of July 1977. Years earlier, wealthy widower William Hamilton-Sweeney had become engaged to a woman whose wheeler-dealer […]

Why You Should Read Go Set a Watchman

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Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman brings down an American icon, and some people aren’t taking that very well, though apparently I’m not alone in believing that Atticus Finch needed another good, hard look. (Here’s my full review.) Others have grumbled that the writing is not altogether prize-worthy, but what were they expecting? Kickback against […]

Magazine Rack Readers’ Advisory: Summer Cooking | Wyatt’s World

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For pie fans Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love; meat lovers Franklin Barbecue, gardeners The Good Cook’s Book of Tomatoes; ice cream fans Van Leeuwen Artisan; and Essential Pépin