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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joyce and Nancy’s Sure Bets | The Reader’s Shelf, November 15, 2014

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Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark book, Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library, and share a few Sure Bets, titles that worked with a wide variety of patrons.

A Doctor’s Notebook: Exploring the Medical World | The Reader’s Shelf

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The allure of stories about doctors—and medical professionals in general—is not limited to ER, House, and The Knick, as these six works of fiction and nonfiction prove.

Toil and Trouble: Spooky Halloween Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

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It’s time to get ready for the hordes of patrons who will begin to haunt the library and are in the mood for a good scare; this list of titles will help librarians arm themselves with some bloody-good suggestions.

The City of Lights: Paris in Books | The Reader’s Shelf

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Paris seems a perfect destination for an in-place journey—language barriers fall aside, time periods pose little problem, and the nuances of the intoxicating city are revealed in all their glory.

Portrait of the Artist: Art in Novels | The Reader’s Shelf

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These six books mix history with speculation and masterpieces with the characters that surround them, producing compelling tales of vision and purpose.