Beukes, Hooper, July, Coming-of-Age and Tudor Tales, & More | Fiction Reviews

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Beukes sketches a metropolis full of hope and vigor, debut novelist Hooper’s spare, evocative prose dips in and out of reality, The First Bad Man will satisfy July’s fans and win her many more, Moran’s coming-of-age debut novel is both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny

Fiction from Blackwell, Bohjalian, Harkness, and Oyeyemi; Nonfiction from Berkin| Audiobook Reviews

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Bohjalian shines a light on the thousands of teens living in the shadows, Harkness weaves the intricate threads of vampire, witch, and demon lore, narrator Tara Hugo brings the 19th century to life as the voice of Elizabeth Bonaparte.

Q&A: Ann Hood

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Author Ann Hood tackles the multigenerational family saga with her sumptuous new novel, An Italian Wife, released this month.

Thrilling Fiction from James & Sundstøl, plus a Debut | Xpress Review

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Thriller writing at its best, from Peter James; a professor and former diplomat will give Griffin and Clancy political and military action novel competition; Sundstøl’s latest Minnesota series installment measures up to the first

A Personal Jack Reacher, Popular Broadchurch, Ryan’s Jane Ryland Is Back, & Lots Lots More | Fiction Reviews

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Longtime fans of the irresistible “Jack Reacher” series won’t be disappointed, Kelly’s unusual novelization stands on its own, Ryan’s novel packs a powerful punch, and offers a clever mix of mystery, corruption, and romance, a noir offering that escapes the limits of formula fiction.

Elaine Stritch, Women’s Health, Coney Island History, New Trailers, & More | Video Reviews

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Not a tribute but an excellent warts-and-all revelation of a massive talent and ego, a revolutionary way of doing business and an odyssey of female empowerment, the first eight titles in Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics line make their high-def debuts

Fiction from Chiang, Johansen; Nonfiction from Marsh, plus Celebrity Writers and Life Up in the Air | Audiobook Reviews

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A collection of stories mixes vivid characters, real science, and believable settings with wild speculation; an essential audiobook for libraries, poised to become the next big thing; a comprehensive biography with warmth and perspective

Fiction from Daly, Kuznetsov, and Rinaldi; Karon Returns to Mitford, NC | Xpress Reviews

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Daly’s Natty Wainwright keeps her friends close, a beloved homecoming to Mitford for Karon, a title for fans of serial killer thrillers and of Russian novels in translation, and a literary interpretation of Tom Thumb’s life with historical figures

Essential Amis, Macomber, plus a Roundup of Historical Fiction from Gregory, Hunt, McCullough, Smith, Vreeland | Fiction Reviews

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Amis delivers a haunting indictment; a novel as audacious as it is chilling, Macomber’s latest will have readers flipping pages until the end, an epic and emotionally draining debut novel from Thomas, Gregory offers a fresh perspective on well-known British history

Thor, Batman ’66, Daredevil, plus World War I in Comics, & Much, Much More | Graphic Novels Reviews

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A bloodier, earthier take on the Norse hero, preeminent comics scribe Busiek reveals the the extraordinary side of more ordinary folk living among superpowered movers and shakers, sports fans and history readers will find Kleist’s Boxer mesmerizing

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