New Kids on the Block: 2014 Debut Authors | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2015

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Selected by readers’ advisory librarians, these 2014 genre debuts introduce six such authors to note and suggest.

Music and Lyrics: Five Books on Sound and Singers | Wyatt’s World

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Looking for a display idea? Consider collecting the recent raft of memoirs by musicians and cultural histories of music together.

Franklin and Norman’s Siege Winter | RA Crossroads

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The final book written by Ariana Franklin and assuredly completed by her daughter Samantha Norman, is a grand yet intimate historic adventure that weaves the fates of three women and highlights the full force of the Anarchy of England.

Short Stories Collections | Wyatt’s World

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Gaiman gets under the skin with Trigger Warning; Heiny garners praise for Single, Carefree, Mellow; Link returns with Get in Trouble; debut collections from Pelecanos, Pierce.

First and Seconds: Debuts and Sophomore Efforts To Know in January | Wyatt’s World

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Based on the books receiving attention in places where readers gather, here are five works—all debuts or second novels—you should get to know.

Resolution Reading | Wyatt’s World

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January arrives with new books and resolutions—to clean up, be more productive, and lose weight (among many other things). Display possibilities are endless, from new hits to past favorites. Here are five titles to suggest and showcase.

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2015

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Playing a part in fiction, weather is an element that can infuse a novel with an icy punch, a damp slap, or a languid shimmer—as the following six novels ably prove.

Fiction RA Picks 2014: A Sampling | Wyatt’s World

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These five titles are likely to satisfy readers endlessly and can serve as long-term RA standards.

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Are Dreaming Spies | RA Crossroads

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Astute, precise, and elegant writing, great attention to time and place, and beautifully realized characters comprise King’s mystery series that is at once intelligent, reflective, and action filled (if not fast paced).

Year-End Review: ARRT Favorites from 2014 | The Reader’s Shelf, December 2014

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From Denfeld’s debut, The Enchanted to Bouman’s down-to-earth first-person mystery, Dry Bones in the Valley to Lepucki’s very different postapocalyptic ­vision, California.