Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction

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Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

New LGBT Fiction: Titles To Consider Before June, LGBT Pride Month

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A wide array of queer titles are being released (and rereleased) this winter and spring—from erotica to literary fiction, mysteries to romance, and novels-in-translation to YA. Time to stock your shelves.

Geraldine Brooks, J.M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, & the Return of Lisbeth Salander | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Brooks, Geraldine. The Secret Chord. Viking. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780670025770. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL FICTION Brooks, who wins both prizes (e.g., the Pulitzer for March) and audiences (there are two million copies of her books out there), has always triumphed with historical subjects, and she’s back at it with this novel about King […]

Q&A: Judith Claire Mitchell

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In A Reunion of Ghosts, Judith Claire Mitchell has written a darkly humorous and poignant study of a very odd family haunted by what they believe to be their cursed past.

Perfect Pairings | Collection Development: Genre Crossovers

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LJ‘s sf columnist turns her eye to the best crossovers blending fantasy and mystery, romance and historical fiction, thrillers and horror, sf and mystery, and more.

Alaa Al Aswany, Adi Alsaid, Belinda Bauer, Jack Canfield, Susan Casey, Amitav Ghosh, Eli Gottlieb, Mary Kubica | Barbara’s Picks, Aug. 2015, Pt. 4

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Al Aswany, Alaa. The Automobile Club of Egypt. Knopf. Aug. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780373211548. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460379370. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Published here in 2004, Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building was a best seller in the Arab world for five years and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006; the Times (London) recently […]

Q&A: LaShonda Katrice Barnett | Debut Authors, February 15, 2015

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Barnett’s compelling and acclaimed debut novel, Jam on the Vine, shines a spotlight on the crucial role the black press played in the lives of African Americans after the Civil War.

Historical fiction from Berg, Ferrante, Freeman, Nesbø, & Smiley | Audio in Advance Apr. 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Berg, Elizabeth. The Dream Lover. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781593557775. Read by Emily Sutton-Smith. Berg (Tapestry of Fortunes) reimagines the scandalous life of French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, bestselling novels, and life in Paris during the 1830s and 40s. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing, smoked cigars, and […]

A Political Murder, a World War II Affair, & The Girl Who Slept with God | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2015, Pt. 1

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Bartsch, Jeff. Two Across. Grand Central. Aug. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781455554621. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455554607. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455590070. COMING OF AGE Brilliant but socially maladroit teenagers Stanley and Vera meet when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee, then try to escape their too-controlling parents by entering into an in-name-only marriage. […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

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In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.