John Boyne, Kristin Hannah, T. Geronimo Johnson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 2

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Barnett, LaShonda Katrice. Jam! On the Vine. Grove. Feb. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780802123343. $24. LITERARY FICTION While teaching an African American women’s history course at Sarah Lawrence College, Barnett found her students stunned by the question how black people managed to survive after slavery. Her answer: “The black press, which became the greatest tool for […]

A Busman’s Holiday of Books | Wyatt’s World

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Get caught up in children’s literature, publication battles, annotated works, and investigations into the process of reading with these titles from the experts.

Continental Conquests, Cato’s Debut of the Month, an Epic Series Lineup, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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In the coming months, readers can look forward to door­stopper novels. Featuring worlds based closely on our own, many of these authors’ stories are epic fantasies, their landscapes painted one word at a time.

Freeman’s Debut of the Month, Keller’s Rural Noir, Maron’s Latest Judge Knott Outing, plus Series Lineup, & More | Mystery Reviews

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­Cleeland is developing a memorable series that will captivate fans, Freeman’s first novel has a strong atmosphere and absorbing well-drawn characters, Maron’s 19th series outing offers loyal fans a fresh look at her expansive family.

Raun Kaufman on Autism Breakthrough | Tantorious

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Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Raun K. Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism as a child. His story of recovery and his work has been widely covered in the media and in his own seminars and lectures. The former CEO of […]

Audiobooks from Briggs, Grimes, Korelitz, L’Amour, & Rieger | Xpress Reviews

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A Terrific urban fantasy ride from Briggs, Hitchcockian influences from Grimes, well-crafted suspense from Korelitz, a coming-of-age Western from L’Amour, and epistolary novel from Rieger that doesn’t quite work in audio

Cold War History, the Life of Ward, Trials of Ali, plus Fast Scans & Trailers | Video Reviews

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An engaging examination of the influence of Western TV, an overdue reminder of what remains singular about Lynd Ward, a fascinating look into how Ali overcame prejudice through the courage of his convictions, and much more

President Carter, Anthony Doerr, Matthew Quirk, & the Boys of Wall Street | Audiobook Reviews

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An exceptional consciousness-raising book about global sexual discrimination; listeners must attend closely to Doerr’s story of innocents caught up in the darkness of World War I; Jay Snyder’s narration is simply masterly

Lynsey Addario, Mohsin Hamid, Mac McClellan, Richard Rhodes | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Addario, Lynsey. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781594205378. $29.95. MEMOIR/PHOTOJOURNALISM Addario isn’t just any photojournalist—she’s a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting who came to everyone’s attention when she was kidnapped by pro-Qaddafi forces during Libya’s civil […]

Six Essential Debuts, from Quan Barry to M.O. Walsh | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Barry, Quan. She Weeps Each Time You’re Born. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780307911773. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307911780. LITERARY Barry writes quietly fervent poetry that’s been honored with an AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize, which bodes well for her first foray into fiction. Heroine Rabbit is born along the Song Ma River as the Vietnam […]

Memoirs from Musicians (Charlie Wilson), Journalists (Robert Chirstgau, Kevin Sessums), a Genius Gamer (Garriott de Cayeux ), & More | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 1

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Christgau. Robert. Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic As a Young Man. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Feb. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780062238795. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062238818. MEMOIR Chief music critic at the Village Voice for more than three decades and still going strong as a Billboard.com columnist and visiting arts professor at New York University, […]

End Your Summer Reading Some Firsts | Wyatt’s World

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Johansen’s debut is already on its way to becoming a movie franchise, Jones delivers a suspenseful blend of genres, McNeal evokes the Big Easy of the 1960s, Owen’s setting is spellbinding, Thomas’s sweeping family saga is leisurely paced

Sports, July 2014 | Best Sellers

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From The Boys in the Boat to Why Soccer Matters to The Magnificent Masters

Graphic Novels from Brubaker & Co., Ricard, and Wood | Xpress Reviews

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Brubaker’s latest is complete with gadgetry, exotic locales, and mysterious characters; Ricard’s tale falls flat; Wood’s technical weaknesses overwhelm her expressive style

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, August 2014

The Goldfinch is pure gold at No. 1; money talks in nonfiction, too, with Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, June 2014

The Goldfinch is nesting comfortably at No. 1, with seven new novels joining the flock. Flash Boys is no flash in the pan; it’s on top again

World War II Reading | Wyatt’s World

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Five titles for World War II history readers; from The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl to The Dog Who Could Fly to Neptune

Cornwell, Greenberg, Harrison, Leovy, Simsion | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

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Cornwell, Bernard. The Empty Throne. Harper. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780062250711. $27.99. HISTORICAL FICTION It’s hard going for Uhtred in this eighth entry in the popular “Saxon Tales” series by New York Times best-selling author Cornwell. First, to heal from wounds he has received in battle, he must find the sword that did the damage. […]

Fiction from Best-Selling Authors Krentz, Itani, Neuhaus, Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

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Banks, Maya. In His Keeping. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062312488. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312495. ROMANCE A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with 1.4 million copies of her “Breathless” trilogy out there in this country alone, Banks seems to be leaving behind mass market for the trade paperback format. Arial, dumped […]

On Vacation: Books for Summer Reading | The Reader’s Shelf

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Here are six ways to envision summer; from The Vacationers to The Miniaturist

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