Not What They Imagined: Dystopian Worlds

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Jennie Melamed’s debut Gather the Daughters creates a beautiful suspense-filled world while Forever On creates a clever exposition of how the cyberworld of social media operates

Star Authors at Day of Dialog | Barbara’s Picks, Prepub Alert, Sept. 2017

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Allen, Danielle. Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Liveright: Norton. Sept. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781631493119. $24.95. MEMOIR James Conant Bryant University Professor at Harvard, Allen offers a memoir that sums up the tragedy of African American youth today and the continuing inequity in our justice system. Her cousin, Michael Alexander Allen, arrested at […]

What To Read (and Watch) After “1984”

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Fiction, both classic and contemporary; nonfiction; and film and TV for readers who have finished George Orwell’s 1984 and still hunger for more titles to give them perspective on the current social and political climate.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin | LJ Review

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Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post­apocalyptic trilogy (The Passage; The Twelve) are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel.

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.

Checking In, Going Out, Reading All Night | What We’re Reading

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The Library Journal/School Library Journal gang is getting a little meta, reading books and articles about films and exhibitions they’ve seen, keeping their kids in red jammies, and enjoying—finally!—adult fiction.

Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2013, Pt. 4: Atwood, Berg, Brook, Gurganus, Lethem, Rush, Shacochis, Vann

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Atwood, Margaret. Maddaddam. Doubleday. Sept. 2013. 416. ISBN 9780385528788. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385537834. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. DYSTOPIAN FICTION In this wrap-up to the magisterial trilogy begun with Oryx & Crake and continued with The Year of the Flood, the waterless flood has indeed descended, wiping out most of humanity. Ren and Toby have rescued poor […]