A Fashionable Romance: Loretta Chase’s Silk Is for Seduction | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the intersection of fashion and romance leads me down a winding path

Short Stories: A Master Returns and Debuts Make the Scene | Wyatt’s World

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Storyteller Bass is back; Dacey’s stories echo with hope, fear, and want; Gustine reveals the weight and complexity of the everyday; Majka creates a strongly tonal backdrop; debuter Parker pulls no punches

On Location: Landscapes in Literature | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2016

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Readers who select books for their settings do so not just for geographic coordinates or temporal sites; they seek books of varied locations evoked from milieu and detail as well. Here are six debuts, ranging in time and space, which demonstrate the many ways of making places known.

Read-In: African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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This month, libraries, bookstores, schools, churches, civic groups, and individuals are conducting read-ins to celebrate African American authors. Consider this a virtual invitation to do the same.

Worthy Reads for Busy Dudes | Books for Dudes

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Feb ’16’s BFD features seven worthy books and makes an appeal for a less-than-stellar series and, unusually, a magazine.

The Brontës and Austen Redux, Redux | Wyatt’s World

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There is a new wave of retellings of Austen and the Brontës happening now and into the spring, seeking to reinvent the beloved classics. Here are five forthcoming titles in that mold.

Wonderful Returns: Five Novels by Beloved Authors | Wyatt’s World

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If discovering a new author is a pleasure in part because of the promise of many books to come, a new work by a beloved writer whom one has followed for years is equal cause for celebration. Here are five new titles by writers readers likely know well.

Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling | RA Crossroads

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As Bryson fans would expect, this adventure around William Shakespeare’s blessed plot is at times riotously funny, at others warmly descriptive of place and quickly paced.

Drawing Strife: Global Conflicts in Graphic Novels | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2016

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The striking images in graphic novels are an excellent means of depicting the physical and emotional trauma created by conflicts around the world.

Reintroductions: Five Sophomore Efforts | Wyatt’s World

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One of the thrills of discovering a debut author is the hope of having found a writer to follow for years to come. Here is an early season sample of second works already published or forthcoming in 2016.