Fiction from Abnett, Khan; Nonfiction from Palmer, Roberts | Audiobook Reviews, April 1, 2015

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Marvel Comics’ first novel is an outstanding full-cast work, fans of cerebral detecting will be thrilled with Khan’s Unquiet Dead, Napoleon is recommended for all history lovers.

Conference Chronicles | Music Matters, April 1, 2015

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For three days there were dozens of erudite and entertaining sessions at the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 84th annual conference in Denver.

Q&A: Amanda Palmer, Author of The Art of Asking

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LJ talks to Palmer about her new memoir based on a TED talk she gave about the connection between her years as a street performer and her success with crowdfunding and trusting her fans as a musician.

Foyle’s War, Human Rights in Uganda, Positive Force Movement, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, March 15, 2015

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The World War II British mystery series moves further into the postwar world, a well-crafted film of those who seek to peddle an ill-considered program to an uninformed populace, several generations of punks singing about positive social change.

Audiobooks from Cohen, Higashino, and Sandford | Xpress Reviews

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For the memoir and Jewish identity collections of all libraries, Higashino is Highly recommended for mystery lovers, the adrenaline is almost tangible in Sandford’s latest

Fiction from Alcott, Jin, and Liss | Audiobook Reviews, March 15, 2015

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An essential new recording of Alcott’s time-honored novel; Jin is highly recommended for lovers of cerebral spy fiction and literary fiction; Liss’s latest will add a welcome touch of class to any audio collection.

Delightful debuts | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks

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Frankel, Lauren. Hyacinth Girls. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501221941. Read by Emily Sutton-Smith & Laura Hamilton. While 13-year-old Callie is eventually exonerated of bullying, threatening notes from her alleged victim, Robyn, begin to surface. As the notes become suicidal, Callie’s mother, Rebecca, is determined to save the unbalanced Robyn. As Rebecca navigates school disapproval and mean moms while trying […]

Susanna Kearsley, Meg Wolitzer, & Kate Atkinson | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

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Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. (The African Trilogy, Bk. 3). Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781490655864. Read by Peter Jay Fernandez. In this new recording of Achebe’s 1964 classic that is set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, the conflict between old and new plays out in the personal struggle between father and son. Atkinson, Kate. A God […]

A Tiny Valkyrie, a Snail on the Go, & Frida Kahlo | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Early Elementary

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Auerbach, Adam. Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781681410456. Reader TBA. PreS-Gr 2—Edda is a Valkyrie (an ancient Norse goddess who guides and protects heroes). She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she wants. Well…almost everything. Edda wants to find a friend her own age. Her […]

Nuclear Fallout, a Family Circus, & a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Middle Grade

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Atkinson, Rick. Battle of the Bulge. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427261359. Read by Jason Culp. Gr 3-7—Adapted for younger listeners from his bestselling The Guns at Last Light, this is Atkinson’s exploration of the Battle of the Bulge. On December 16, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, making […]

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