E-Originals from Ashe, Auclair, Parr, and a Pair of Paranormals | Xpress Reviews

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A fairy helps a workaholic find love, a divorced couple reconsider their relationship, childhood pals finally face their feelings, and a debut paranormal series features suspense and high-octane vampire sex

Final Follett, Forsyth’s Fairy Tale, New Murakami, plus British Spies, & Much More | Fiction Reviews

Flight of the Sparrow

Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow is an engaging novel based on solid research, Follett has written pitch-perfect popular fiction, Forsyth enchants with a gorgeous narrative and memorable characters

Sustaining Suspense: High-octane CF Thrillers

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Complex characters and a tense plot make Seagrass Pier a thrilling tale of romantic suspense, Mills skillfully builds a menacing overall tone, Wiehl and Henry deliver a totally engrossing fast-paced detective series

Moran’s Debut of the Month, Cambron’s First Series, Gohlke’s Historical Appeal, & More | Christian Fiction Reviews

Making Marion

Moran’s story will charm fans of women’s fiction and readers seeking a fresh, funny, and heartfelt tale, Cambron expertly weaves together multiple plotlines, time lines, and perspectives, Christy Award–winning Gohlke tells a haunting story

The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: Almost Here

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The 2014 ALA Galley & Signing Guide: what’s in it for you? Hundreds of galley listings, from big-time works like Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks; to Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking, shortlisted for the Bailey Woman’s Fiction Prize, once the Orange Prize; to Jussi Adler-Olsen’s juicy The […]

ALA 2014: United for Libraries Author Panels in Las Vegas

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Once Friends of Libraries USA, then integrated into the American Library Association and renamed (twice), United for Libraries can be credited with keeping book talk going at ALA with numerous author panels and events. At this year’s forthcoming ALA, the author panels (which I am fortunate to introduce) start first thing on Saturday, June 28, […]

Commercial Fiction from Christopher Fowler to Rebecca James | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Archer, Ursula. Five. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2014. 336p. ISBN 978125037411. $25.99; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781250037428. MYSTERY When numbers and letters tattooed to the feet of a dead woman turn out to be map coordinates, DI Beatrice Kaspary finds herself chasing around the Austrian countryside, uncovering gruesome remains and more clues that lead her on […]

On Ted Hughes, Prince’s Purple Rain, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 2

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Baillie, John & Susanna Wright. A Diary of Private Prayer. Scribner. Dec. 2014. 144p. ISBN 9781476754703. $15.99. RELIGION Teacher/preacher Baillie’s classic Christian devotional, first published in 1936, claims more than a million copies in print. Now, theologian Wright has updated it for modern readers. A nice, new package overall. Hall, Donald. Essays After Eighty. Houghton […]

Directors Tornatore, Sorrentino, Kurosawa, & Offbeat Zizek | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

The Great Beauty

From The Hidden Fortress and Throne of Blood to Bettie Page Reveals All to The Best Offer

Historical Romance by Balogh, Chase, & Nash, Paranormal from Singh, plus a Tribute to Mary Stewart | Romance Reviews

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The worldbuilding bug has bitten the contemporary market big time. Book by book, writers are creating communities so real (and appealing), readers want to live there…and the more carefully this world is designed, the better the story will be.

de Castell’s Debut of the Month, Romantic Fantasy from Kennedy, Zombie Horror, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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de Castell’s swashbuckling series launch shows huge potential, Kennedy’s well-written and swooningly romantic fantasy will appeal, not a single bad story is in this bunch of Rogues

Manners, Meals, and Mayhem | Books for Dudes

Summer on the Short Bus

This month’s BFD is a compendium of titles that defy overall categorization other than “man appeal.”

The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, more Grey Gardens, Autistic Adults, plus “Prime” TV | Video Reviews

The Green Table

One of the most significant ballets of the 20th century is essential for any dance collection, the iconic documentary portrait of the Beales is now more complete, interviews with 12 adults living on the autism spectrum increase awareness

Psychology, June 2014 | Best Sellers

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Fiction by Cunningham, Dahl, & Price, Goodall on the Environment, & More | Audiobook Reviews

The Snow Queen

Cunningham’s novel is enriched by the audio performance, a gripping debut reveals the secrets of a private community, Goodall covers the use and abuse of plants, a new series opener leaves the listener desperate for the next installment

H.G. Adler, Dean Koontz, Phillip Margolin, Wes Moore, & Ludmila Ulitskaya | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Adler, H.G. The Wall. Random. Dec. 2014. 720p. tr. from German by Peter Filkins. ISBN 9780812993066. $30. LITERARY Born in Prague in the early 1900s, Adler lost most of his family in the Holocaust and himself spent time in the camps; he died in London in 1988. With the 2008 publication of The Journey, his […]

Unpublished Saramago, an Icelandic Joy Ride, Cormac McCarthy’s First Screenplay, & Four Best-Selling Thriller Authors | Fiction, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Gerritsen, Tess. Die Again: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine. Dec. 2014.  352p. ISBN 9780345543851. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543868. THRILLER Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli sees a connection between the death of a big game hunter, found with the body of a white snow leopard he had been commissioned to find and stuff, and other, seemingly […]

From Medieval Knights to Murder in Palestine | Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2014, Pt. 1

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Asbridge, Thomas. The Greatest Knight. Ecco. Dec. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062262059. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780060787295. HISTORY A medieval scholar noted for writing and presenting the BBC Two series The Crusades, Asbridge tells the story of William Marshal, who lived in such harsh times (12th-century England) that he was condemned to the gallows at age five […]

TED Joins with Simon & Schuster for a 12-Book Series

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Launched in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment, and design could meet and now embracing a full range of globally significant topics, TED aims to disseminate ideas primarily through focused talks no more than 18 minutes in length. Two annual TED conferences feature major speakers that have ranged from Bill Gates to Jane Goodall […]

Thrilling Readers | Wyatt’s World

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Suggest these five narrators to listeners hoping for mysteries and an electrified atmosphere

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