Q&A: Natasha Pulley | Debut Spotlight, November 15, 2015


An enthralling, immersive story about a watchmaker who remembers the future and a telegraphist forced to turn spy, Natasha Pulley’s debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, is a brilliant example of speculative fiction

DIY Succulents, Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts, Waterside Homes | Crafts & DIY Reviews, November 15, 2015


Fine artists and crafting hobbyists of all skill levels can take inspiration from Joyce’s cheerful guide; Cain’s approach to modern quilting will find appeal; sewists looking for cute, feminine gift designs will enjoy Half Yard Gifts

Mission Chinese Food, Foster’s Market, the New Sugar & Spice | Cooking Reviews, November 15, 2015


Bowien’s debut cookbook is not to be missed; if you love bakery/cafe cookbooks and easy entertaining, Foster’s cookbook is a must; Seneviratne’s recipes will lure many home cooks; Snyder’s take will satisfy sweet-toothed citrus lovers

Top Fall Indie Poetry: Fourteen Great Poets To Discover or Rediscover


Not pretty-picture poems but tough and true; risk takers will have great fun traveling with Noel through urban landscapes; Teare’s poems are demanding and brave; Wieners’s work is important for serious poetry readers

Fiction from Taylor and Debuter Trilivas | Xpress Reviews


Slick, exciting action and credible complexity are the hallmarks of Taylor’s high-caliber thrillers, and this latest installment does not disappoint; Trilivas’s debut will leave you travel hungry and somewhat dissatisfied with daily life—an enjoyable and light read

Best Books 2015: SELF-e


The following are the winners of Library Journal‘s Self-Published Ebook Awards as chosen by a volunteer committee of librarians. The books are hosted on SELF-e, a discovery platform for self-published books that is a partnership between LJ and BiblioBoard. Libraries with a subscription to SELF-e can locate these titles through the site’s search function at […]

Nonfiction for Bakers: “Make Ahead Bread” | Xpress Reviews


While Currie’s nontraditional method is not for everyone, it will be welcomed as a refreshing alternative by home bakers more inspired by ease and simplicity than by the rigors of artisanal practice

Audiobooks from Hart, Leon, Reynolds, Scottoline & Serritella, and Silva | Xpress Reviews


Kate Reading does an excellent job narrating Hart’s Don’t Go Home; Commissario Brunetti investigates a stalking; Reynolds restricts himself here to a deadly dilemma; mother and daughter Scottoline and Serritella team up again; Silva is highly recommended for all Gabriel Allon fans

Best Books 2015: Top Ten

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Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. Scout: Gallery. ISBN 9781476798172. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476798196. F A house explodes, killing everyone a woman named June holds dear, and as the polished, quietly captivating prose moves back and forth in time and from character to character, Clegg explores how we live with unbearable loss. The different […]

Graphic Novels: Gorman, King & Co., Pope & Villarrubia, Willingham, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews


Rick and Morty walks a shredding tightrope among slapstick, pathos, and hilarity; a complex and unsettling indie take on Batman pays homage to previous interpretations; Becoming Unbecoming is not an easy read, but it’s an important one; Fables is recommended for fairy-tale fanatics who love some level of horror