Historical Echoes | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 4

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Hunter, Georgia. We Were the Lucky Ones. Viking. Feb. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780399563089. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399563102. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL Hunter, who did not know that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors until she was 15, draws on this revelatory history to tell the story of three generations of the Kurc family, […]

Laird Hunt, Yiyun Lee, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2017, Pt. 3

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Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds. Norton. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780393242072. $28.95. PHILOSOPHY/MIND & BODY Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and winner of the Erasmus Prize, Dennett knows how to talk to lay readers; he’s published numerous books, not just with academic presses […]

Margaret Atwood, Tana French, & Maria Semple | Audio in Advance October 2016 | Fiction

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Audiobooks from Ali Smith, Connie Willis, and Jonathan Lethem releasing in October 2016

Writ in the Stars | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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Readers would do well to suspend disbelief and open their hearts to the romance, the lush prose, and the mystery of Helen Sedgwick’s original and inventive debut; a pleasurable read for lovers of historical fiction and for those longing for reassurance that following one’s passion does indeed lead to healing and belonging.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead | LJ Reviews

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Whitehead’s superb new novel raises the bar for fiction addressing slavery.

Colson Whitehead, Emma Donoghue, & Diana Gabaldon | Audio in Advance September 2016 | Fiction

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Fiction on audio coming out in September 2016

Nadia Hashimi, Gwynne Forster, & Caleb Carr | Audio in Advance August 2016 | Fiction

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Fiction audiobooks releasing in August 2016

Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

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A charming novel about four sisters who make it big in vaudeville to support their struggling family; likable, hardworking characters populate a hopeful novel about a woman who dreams of making it big as an actress while working at the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London

Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

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A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon | LJ Review

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Solomon’s razor-sharp prose scrapes her characters raw as she plants them deeply in the history and turmoil of 1920s New England.