The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry | RA Crossroads

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Readers’ Advisory expert Neal Wyatt shares the charm and subtle heft of one bookseller’s life, the process of building family, and the narratives that stay with us.

Register Now for Day of Dialog 2014

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Interested in hearing Chelsea Cain, Sophie Littlefield, and Emma Straub chat about women writing fiction? Want to know what Jules Feiffer, Lev Grossman, and Jane Smiley have to say about their latest books? Wondering what editors from Harper, Macmillan, Random, and more are excited about for next fall? What about hot trends in cooking? And […]

Church Ladies, Preachers, Gangstas | African American Fiction (and More)

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Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.

Beatles Freaks, A Manhood Manual, and the Tour de France | Books for Dudes

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Did curiosity kill the cat? It might have— it’s taking the fifth. But everyone tends to forget the rest of the aphorism: “And satisfaction brought it back.” In Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin wrote, “Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on […]

Best Sellers: Engineering & Technology, March 20, 2014

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Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, March 21, 2014

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Ellis’s title is highly recommended for readers interested in securing significant college scholarships; fans of author Henry Miller and his works will appreciate Hoyle’s debut

Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, March 21, 2014

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A creepy tale from Becker, friends into lovers from Drewry, a psychological mystery ebook reissue from Fyfield, a cunning female protagonist from Patrick, and a well-written, small-town romance from Stacey

Best Sellers: Science, March 1, 2014

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From space exploration to The Outer Limits of Reason

Social Sciences Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Kai Bird’s The Good Spy, James Oakes’s The Scorpion’s Sting, Peter Stark’s Astoria, H. Anthony Bandy’s eBooked!, John Baxter’s The Golden Moments of Paris, Steven Levingston’s Little Demon in the City of Light, Janice MacLeod’s Paris Letters, and more, plus a list of title titles from the March 1 issue.

Science & Technology Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Never Too Late To Go Vegan, Jeffrey Bennett’s What Is Relativity?, Jennifer Potter’s Seven Flowers, Steve N.G. Howell & others’s Rare Birds of North America, David Allen Sibley’s The Sibley Guide to Birds, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Crafts & DIY Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Art Instruction, Crafts, Do It Yourself, and Fiber Crafts titles from the March 1 issue.

Series Lineup | March 1, 2014

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Complicated missions, upright detectives, small-town laughs, impressive thrills; nine mystery titles

Fiction Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Malcolm Brooks’s Painted Horses, Kyung-Sook Shin’s I’ll Be Right There, Chevy Stevens’s That Night, Jude Morgan’s The Secret Life of William Shakespeare, Sally O’Reilly’s Dark Aemilia, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Arts & Humanities Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Blake Bailey’s The Splendid Things We Planned, Teresa Leo’s Bloom in Reverse, William Logan’s Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure, Detlef Mertins’s Mies, Dina Santorelli’s Daft Punk, Charles Wright’s Caribou, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Mystery Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of N.P. Simpson’s B.O.Q., Brad Parks’s The Player, Steven Rigolosi’s The Outsmarting of Criminals, Marco Vichi’s Death in Sardinia, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Audio Reviews | March 1, 2014

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Reviews of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, Alexander McCall Smith’s The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Rosalind Wiseman’s Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Mark Billingham’s Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat, Jeff Guinn’s Manson, Anne Rule’s Practice To Deceive, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, Publishing Year 2013

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“There is no competition among writers; not even Shakespeare and Dante say it all,” proclaimed poet Frank Bidart upon receiving the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Metaphysical Dog (Farrar) at a packed NBCC Awards Ceremony on March 13 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Yet for Bidart, an […]

Technology in Love & War | Nonfiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Rudder, Christian. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking). Crown. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780385347372. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780385347389. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. SOCIAL SCIENCE/DATA MODELING When it’s not being used to manipulate us, data mining can tell us reams of interesting information about human nature. Rudder plunders sites like Twitter, Facebook, […]

Great Women’s Fiction from Chan, Dodd, Karon, & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Chan, Darcie. The Mill River Redemption. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780345538239. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345541567. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION As a self-published ebook, Chan’s The Mill River Recluse sold more than 700,000 copies and was picked up for print publication by Ballantine, which will release it in June. In this follow-up […]

Ackerman, Carr, Darnton, Fukuyama, Kissinger | Barbara’s Nonfiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3

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Ackerman, Diane. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. Norton. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780393240740. $27.95. SCIENCE Humans now dominate 75 percent of the landmass, and our technological prowess allows us to gift orangutans with iPads and collect DNA samples even as species are killed off. As distinguished naturalist and poet Ackerman notes, “Our […]

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