Postscript: Life in Letters | The Reader’s Shelf, August 2015

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Between paeans to the practice itself, collections of correspondence, and novels in letters, there is an embarrassment of riches out there for epistolary readers.

A Personal Touch: Debut Memoirs | The Reader’s Shelf, July 2015

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These debut memoirs, while told by very different people, mine the most powerful aspects of common stories—life and death, creativity and perseverance, loss and hope.

Mars: The Re(a)d Planet | The Reader’s Shelf, June 15, 2015

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Sf writers and their fans have been drawn to the Red Planet for decades. Here are some of the best intergalactic adventures published between 1950 and 2014.

A Little Bit of Everything: Short Story Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2015

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Here are six debuts, each by a writer well worth watching, that prove the pleasures of reading are not reliant on a profusion of pages.

Between the Panels: Superhero Comic Events | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2015

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For just about as long as there have been superhero comic books, groups of characters have banded together to tackle threats too big to be handled alone. These event comics have resulted in some of the most beloved and iconic stories of all time.

Mysteries of the Past: Historical Crime Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2015

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Ranging from the plague-riddled 1300s to a World War II–era village in England, each of these stories masterfully conjures time and place while also ensnaring readers in mysteries most violent, most thrilling, and most startling.

Halfway to Horror: Halloween Previews | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2015

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From Jennifer Egan’s The Keep to Scott Smith’s The Ruins, this collection of titles brings plenty of ambiance to set a horrific tone, parodies of current times, looks to the future, and art that is both beautiful and scary.

A Strange Magic: Debuts in Magical Realism | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2015

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Logan blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse; Swyler’s melancholy and engrossing Book of Speculation; Swanson’s fast-paced Bookseller, Zourkova’s mix of mystery, a love triangle, and Greek mythology.

Lend Me Your Ears: Books for Audiophiles | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2015

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In February, the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Awards were announced, offering up 12 terrific honorees. As there is never enough space on a list to fit every favorite, the members of the committee chose seven more titles worth ­recognition.

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.