LJ Fiction Reviews: November 1, 2015

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Winners of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest, festive inspirational CF, top fall indie fiction, recent Jewish fiction, plus riveting new entries from Crais, Eco, Preston/Child

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, October 2015

Watchman is still at No. 1; Tidying Up is cluttering the top of nonfiction

Mary Gaitskill, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, & Chris Ewan | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Berlin, Lucia. A Manual for Cleaning Women. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504676519. Reader TBA. This volume compiles the best work of short-story writer Berlin, who crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling […]

LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2015

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Fiction from King, Kwan, Pitre; nonfiction on human trafficking, the Vikings, treasure hunters, Marco Polo. Documentaries on LGBT people in Cameroon, Hurricane Sandy, organ donation programs, plus new Trailers: What’s coming on DVD/Bu-ray

Fiction from Eskens, Farnsworth, Leigh, Scottoline, Toyne, and Valente | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of Harry Bosch will eat up Eskens’s latest, Farnsworth’s blend of historical fiction and cutting-edge science adventure, a compelling historical series opener from Leigh, Scottoline won’t disappoint, Toyne turns in a subtle thriller, Valente is a major voice in modern sf and fantasy

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, September 2015

Cast your eye on Watchman, in the top spot; Coates’s treatise enters nonfiction at No. 2

LJ Media Reviews: September 15, 2015

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Big fiction from Child, Deveraux, Lee, and L’Amour, coming-of-age Visions and Revisions. Top documentary Iris, shades of Susan Sontag, John Penton. Fast Scans of Clouds of Sils Maria, Woman in Gold, and more.

TV Readers’ Advisory (RA) | Wyatt’s World

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The fall television season is about to begin, making it a perfect time to pair books with broadcasts. Here is a list for fans of Project Runway.

Fiction from Atkins, Block, Kramer, Moore, Wilson, & Debuter Pashley | Xpress Reviews

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Quinn Colson in Mississippi, sexually graphic hard-boiled fiction from Block, Kramer’s very enjoyable read about a librarian, a darkly funny sequel from Moore, an unrelentingly gritty first novel, Wilson takes off at breakneck speed

A Poetic Journey of Self-Discovery, the Sport of 9-Man, plus Latest Trailers, Fast Scans | Video Reviews, July 2015

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One of the year’s best films, Tracks deserves to be tracked by libraries; a talented new voice in documentary filmmaking captures the nonmainstream sport of 9-Man; Schlöndorff delivers a fascinating rumination on wartime duty and honor