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

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

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