An Extraordinary Journey, Inside Military Culture, Teenage Homelessness, New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, June 15, 2015

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A resounding performance of a strong woman surviving all that life can throw at her; an intimate look at military culture; a moving portrait of teenage homelessness that deserves to be viewed by a very wide audience.

Fiction from Grant, Hewson, and Pratchett & Baxter | Xpress Reviews

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Grant scorches with sensational sex and authentic Scottish dialog despite a labyrinthine plot, Hewson’s crime novel disappoints, a marriage-minded debut doesn’t add up to much, Pratchett’s final Earth title will be cherished

Fiction: Attenberg, Carner, Dahl, Frank, Hall, Hamilton, Hilderbrand, Snelling, & More | Xpress Reviews

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An enjoyable historical, an excellent debut mystery, check in to the Hotel Moscow, a twisty sophomore plot, friendship & second chances, “wolf” down Hall’s latest, vampire hunting, an absorbing first novel, God in Christian life

Anita Hill, British Mystery Series Grantchester, Cuban National Literacy Campaign, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews, June 1, 2015

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Anita Hill’s story remains relevant; lovers of traditional British mysteries will want to add Grantchester to their viewing queue; a beautiful rendering of the Cuban National Literacy Campaign of 1961

Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015

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A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Harlan Ellison’s First, Ernest Cline’s Latest, & a Novelization of Beryl Markham | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Cline, Ernest. Armada. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780804149136. Reader TBA. Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be a little more like sf books, movies, and videogames, but he knows that in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe. And then he sees the […]

Maeve Binchy’s Times, Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide, True Crime from Journalist Leovy | Audiobook Reviews, May 1, 2015

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Newspaper columns from throughout Binchy’s tenure at The Irish Times; when it comes to books on SEALs, Courtley is the real deal; Leovy’s debut Ghettoside paints a compelling picture of life in south Los Angeles

Fiction Galore from Baldacci, Barnes, Corbett, Humphreys, Hunter, & Shalvis | Xpress Reviews

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A complex thriller from Baldacci, Barnes’s latest is a great read, Humphreys’s World War II novel is a good choice, Hunter rips into Jack the Ripper, Marcus pens a novel of weight and heart, Parry’s debut will appeal, Shalvis is irresistible