Debuts Beyond Genre | The Reader’s Shelf, June 1, 2016

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It is becoming increasingly clear that trying to fit a book into a narrowly defined box can be a fool’s errand. Blends, crossovers, and mixes quickly muddy the waters, while authors more often resist the constraints of a label. Here are six debuts in that vein.

A Voice in the Wilderness | The Reader’s Shelf, May 15, 2016

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The six books below shed light on the forest, highlighting its glory and its shadowy depths, while readers can immerse themselves in those worlds knowing they are safe in their favorite chair.

Growing Up Literary: Coming-of-Age Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, May 1, 2016

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Coming-of-age stories are an indelible part of literature; from Huckleberry to Scout, the characters that fill their pages are iconic. Here are six debuts that explore, through a wide range of mode and method, the painful path to maturity.

The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016

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Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are just dying to be checked out now.

It’s All Relative: Family Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, April 1, 2016

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An array of families are depicted in these debuts, from those falling apart at the seams to those ripped apart from inside to those trying very hard to keep what little they can together

All Ears: Audiobook Favorites | The Reader’s Shelf, March 15, 2016

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More readers are finding audiobooks to be the perfect companion for a workout, commute, or simply the subject of focused attention. These six audiobooks represent some of the favorites of librarians across the country.

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.

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.

Love at First Read: Romance Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, February 1, 2016

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Romance, at its giddy outset, is about beginnings. It is then fitting to read debuts concerning love in preparation for Valentine’s Day.

New Year, Nearly New Books: Favorite 2015 Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf

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There are many ways to plan the first reading foray of the year. One might be to reflect on the new voices from the year just closed. Below, a group of librarians share the debuts they enjoyed in 2015.