Stagestruck | Fiction Reviews, June 1, 2016

girl from the savoy

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)


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


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

Julian Fellowes’s Next Act | Audio in Advance July 2016 | Fiction


Fiction audiobooks releasing in July 2016

Ninth-Century England, Belle Epoque Paris, Ireland in Rebellion, & More | Historical Fiction, Nov. 2016, Pt. 1


Benedict, Marie. The Other Einstein. Sourcebooks Landmark. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781492637257. $25.99. HISTORICAL A brilliant student and the only woman in her class at Zurich Polytechnic in the late 1800s, Mileva Marić fell in love with fellow classmate Albert Einstein and eventually bore him three children, one out of wedlock. She is now suspected […]

Anne Tyler, Terry McMillan, & Walter Mosley | Audio in Advance June 2016 | Fiction


Fiction audiobooks releasing in June 2016

The Dig by John Preston | LJ Review


This is a lively and informative fictionalized account of the 1939 excavation that unearthed the Anglo-Saxon royal treasure hoard, known as Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, England.

Richard Russo, Rufi Thorpe, & Jo Baker | May 2016 Audio in Advance | Fiction


Fiction audiobooks releasing in May 2016

The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel | LJ Review


A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power and a fresh take on the often vilified Empress Wu.

On Location: Landscapes in Literature | The Reader’s Shelf, March 1, 2016

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Readers who select books for their settings do so not just for geographic coordinates or temporal sites; they seek books of varied locations evoked from milieu and detail as well. Here are six debuts, ranging in time and space, which demonstrate the many ways of making places known.