Jay McInerney, Eowyn Ivey, Jesmyn Ward, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Donohoe, Kathleen. Ashes of Fiery Weather. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544464056. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544526693. LITERARY FICTION Ranging across six generations, from famine-stalked Ireland to post–9/11 New York, Donohoe’s ambitious debut offers portraits of women in the Keegan/O’Reilly clan, bound together by fire and ash. For a family of firefighters, life is fraught […]

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review

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A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction.

Top Pop from Carriger, Harbison, Iggulden, Steel, & More | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3

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Banner, Catherine. The House at the Edge of Night. Random. Jul. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780812998795. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812998801. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Having published the first in a YA trilogy when she was only 15, Banner goes adult at the veteran age of 25, offering a saga starring three generations of women striving to […]

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2016

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the Reference & User Services Association’s (RUSA) Reading List Council, made up of 12 expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, announced the 2016 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A short list of honor […]

Helen Oyeyemi, Tracy Chevalier, & Edna O’Brien | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Fiction

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Archer, Gretchen. Double Mint. (Davis Way Crime Caper, Bk. 4). Tantor. ISBN 9781515902089. Read by Amber Benson. It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino, and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a junkyard. But when special events coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just […]

The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review

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Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Joy Williams, Deanna Raybourn, & Yasmine Galenorn | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Fiction

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Adelman, Michelle. Piece of Mind. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681680026. Read by Tavia Gilbert. At 27, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had […]

Alexander Chee, Joshilyn Jackson, & Debuts To Watch | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Barton, Fiona. The Widow. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780147525192. Read by Hannah Curtis, Nicholas Guy Smith, Jayne Entwistle, Steve West, & Mandy Williams. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living […]

Binelli, Buckhanon, McCrumb, & More | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 4

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Andrews, Mary Kay. The Weekenders. St. Martin’s. May 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781250065940. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872929. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Dousing us again in salt spray, the New York Times best-selling author of Beach Town takes us to Belle Isle, NC, where Riley Griggs awaits her husband’s arrival on the Friday afternoon ferry. But he […]

Historical Fiction of Note | Audio in Advance January 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Benjamin, Melanie. The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101922774. Read by Paul Boehmer & Cassandra Campbell. Of all the glamorous stars of 1950’s New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. […]