Crisis of Character: Debut Psychological Fiction | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2015

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Psychological fiction of all kinds gives fans a chance to step outside of themselves and occupy the space of someone in grave danger. In this collection of debut novels readers become onlookers to murder, are taken over by a stranger, or search for a missing child.

Fairy Tales and Fables: Old and New | Wyatt’s World

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Publishing seems to have been enchanted with fairy tales and fables lately. Here are five examples, ranging from a newly discovered cache of traditional stories to a long-awaited novel that mines beloved tropes to a debut that creates a fable for our time.

After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.

Hoping for Spring Gardens: Inspiration, Reference, and Guidance | Wyatt’s World

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In spite of the snow blanketing much of the country, gardens are getting ready to bloom. Here are five books to raise the spirits and prepare readers for the abundance to come.

Suggestions for February, African American History Month | Wyatt’s World

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Learn, honor, and remember: read the Selected Letters of Langston Hughes, Lewis’s March, the Randalls’ new cookbook, White House correspondent Ryans’s memoir, and debut novelist Solomon’s Disgruntled.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Romance and Espionage | The Reader’s Shelf, February 15, 2015

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Featuring women who can disarm men with a weapon just as easily as with their charm, these spy romances are sure to satisfy.

Ruined Worlds: Five New Postapocalyptic Novels | Wyatt’s World

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The Only Ones prove to be apocalpytic-proof, Haig begins a new trilogy, strong worldbuilding and characterization from Newman, Repino’s debut battle tale, surreal adventures from first novelist van den Berg.

Anticipations: Books Long Awaited | Wyatt’s World

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Valentine’s Day reading does not have to be limited to the Romance genre. It can also be centered on books readers have been yearning to experience for some time.

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.