February 2017 LibraryReads

Norse Mythology

With the new year in full swing, there is no question that this issue of LibraryReads will bring you new and exciting adventures. This month’s list includes master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s retelling of Norse myths; Clare Mackintosh introduces us to her new thriller I See You; while Alex George pulls at our heartstrings with a story of friendship, pain, and hope.

Erika Imranyi, Park Row: Harlequin | Eye on Publishing

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Park Row thus seemed the perfect name for the new literary imprint Harlequin announced in July 2016, with the first titles publishing in early summer 2017. The imprint, explains editorial director Erika Imranyi, springs from the rich Harlequin tradition of publishing engaging commercial fiction while showing how successfully the publisher has pushed beyond those borders.

LJ Media Reviews: February 1, 2017

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A teacher in an orphanage inherits a fortune in Balogh’s series opener; three excellent narrators bring to life Picoult’s story of racism in contemporary America; for anyone with the slightest interest in comics in particular and art in general; it won’t take long to grow to love Altman’s Short Cuts

LJ Reference Reviews: February 1, 2017

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This snapshot of the current social movements is a solid first source for research; this significant work deserves a place in all libraries; a promising and abundant database that has potential appeal to researchers and browsers alike

LJ Fiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

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Boyd/Kirk take readers behind today’s headlines; Kline expertly captures the essence of Wyeth’s iconic masterpiece; Santiago’s debut ticks all the boxes for a first-rate thriller; Ollmann is an early contender for the best in 2017; Welsh’s debut is an inspiring feminist tale perfect for the modern age

The Shi’a-Sunni Divide, Moses, My Utmost, Thich Nhat Hahn | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, February 1, 2017

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A careful analysis of the current state of the Arab world; an intriguing story filled with tragic “if-only’s” and powerful examples of courage; a thoughtful work that is worth the effort for spiritually erudite and patient readers

Parting Words | Social Sciences Reviews, February 1, 2017

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A solid analysis of our first president and his farewell to the American people; Baier’s account is well researched and shines when providing comparisons between Eisenhower and his successor John F. Kennedy

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2017

Grisham, Connelly, & Picoult jump in; Hillbilly outpaces Tattoo

Ahlborn’s Pick of the Month, Briggs, Chambers, Hurley, Palmer, Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, January 2017

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Ahlborn does a good job of keeping her monster offstage and out of sight; an enjoyable series for urban fantasy fans; Palmer’s reflections on social issues cannot be denied; this short novel is marred by the singularly unappealing lead character

Kay’s Debut of the Month, Blaedel, Florio, Mark, Raybourn, Rowland, plus new Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, January 2017

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For Mystery fans, the new year brings a little something to please a variety of literary tastes. Readers who enjoy disappearing into the past will be transported to Regency and Victorian England in new series installments from C.S. Harris (Where the Dead Lie) and Deanna Raybourn (A Perilous Undertaking), as well as a promising series […]