Interpreting the Parables, Biblical Anthropomorphism, Sisters on a Mission, & More | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, December 2014

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A must for Jewish families and congregations; Levine’s touching and scholarly readings deserve a place on library shelves; Sheridan’s superb study sheds new yet ancient light on the early Church Fathers.

Dreyer, Florand, Kramer, MacLean | Romance Reviews, December 2014

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Dreyer’s smart, savvy heroine and a dashing “White Knight,” Florand’s delicious story will appeal across genre lines, Kramer’s sexy-sweet romp is sassy, funny, and redolent with Low-Country charm, a satisfying conclusion to MacLean’s remarkable quartet.

Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014

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The New Year’s offerings begin with guidance on making life more enjoyable and even exciting through embracing surprise, rediscovering one’s creative self, and clearing out the impediments of resentments and fear.

Bear, Gordon’s Debut of the Month, Schwab, Holiday Shopping, Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, December 2014

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In the world of mixing up genres and making something new, it would be hard to find a more striking example than the genre of steampunk. Gadgets and airships, plus corsets and high tea—irresistible!

A True Story from Boyle, Hyde Is Exquisite, Vann Continues To Allure, plus Lots More | Fiction Reviews, December 2014

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Boyle explores the anger, paranoia, and violence lurking in the shadowlands of the American psyche, Hyde’s new novel is a “stay up all night, can’t put it down” read, Vann’s lovely, wrenching novel should add to his award list.

First Novelists Bailey, Barnett, Buwalda, Clanchy, Metcalf, Zourkova & Others | Debut Fiction, December 2014

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Arlen peeks into the lives of upper and lower classes of early 1900s England, Beckerman’s painful yet thought-provoking read, Buwald’s novel is flat-out extraordinary, Clanchy’s sharp-eyed satire of 1980s London is hardly the work of a novice.

Blaedel, Graves, Khan’s Debut of the Month, New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, December 2014

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In this month’s mysteries, killers strike in small towns in Maine, Missouri, and New York, along with Canada, Denmark, and France. We also have Khan’s intensely memorable debut, two excellent British historicals, and a slew of solid series.

Indie Fiction in Translation 2014: Don’t-Miss Titles from Around the World

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Reaquaint yourself with Albahari, Hilst’s coolly delivered With My Dog-Eyes, Jerusalmy’s great portrait of Villon, a meditative yet remote Modiano, a chilling Nakamura, poet/journalist Rakha’s brilliant novel, upcoming Brazilian author Scott.

Best Sellers | Romance, December 2014

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Roberts’s Blood Magick, Carr’s The Promise, and Moyes’s The Ship of Brides

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, November 2014

Gone Girl returns to the top with movie word of mouth; O’Reilly kills off General Patton

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