Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, October 2014

The Heist steals the top spot from The Goldfinch; Unbroken breaks back into No. 1.

Fiction from Abercrombie and Hodgson; Nonfiction from Hofmann | Audiobook Reviews

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Abercrombie entertains and surprises with plot twists right up to the final pages, Lee does an excellent job telling Hodgson’s story and bringing its many characters to life, a familial “contract” that covers behavior on tech devices and online.

Christmas Literary Escapes: Head Home for the Holidays with These 21 Festive Titles

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These holiday tales will soon have you wanting to pack up and visit a small town (or island) for Christmas, so settle in for another snowy season of crime and family get-togethers.

Classic Drama, Where Dreams Come True, A Portrait of Faithfulness and Freedom, Plus New Trailers | Video Reviews

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Libraries can expand their film offerings in a hurry and at a good price with Acorn’s Classic Drama Collection, Greasepaint spends less time on jokes and pratfalls and more on what it means to be a family.

Nonfiction Takes the Cake: From Middle East History to Memoir to Physics for Poets | Audiobook Reviews

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Recommend Bird’s The Good Spy for students of Middle East and late 20th-century history, Brierly’s Long Way Home to memoir listeners, and for erudite, lifelong learners Kouzes’s Physics for Poets.

Portrait of the Artist: Art in Novels | The Reader’s Shelf

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These six books mix history with speculation and masterpieces with the characters that surround them, producing compelling tales of vision and purpose.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, September 2014

Though Golfinch sits perched at No. 1, it is joined by seven new novels; Hillary Clinton has made some Hard Choices

Stars for Connelly’s New Procedural, Heiny’s Debut, and Robertson’s Complex Historical | Fiction Reviews

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Connelly pens an intricate and fascinating procedural, talented Heiny offers essential reading for short story and fiction lovers, Paris in Winter is a sure bet and most likely the next big hit of any book discussion group

Fiction from Barnes, Butler, Cornwall, Gorman, McCaig, Vanasse, plus a Remarkable Debut | Xpress Reviews

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A perfect rainy-day read, an appealing Kit Cobb thriller, characters to root for, a satisfying mystery, Gone with the Wind backstory, a remarkable debut, much to ponder

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

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