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. […]

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

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African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro | LJ Review

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The author of The Art Forger returns to the art world in The Muralist. a noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story that ably intersects the early years of the abstract expressionist movement with the run-up to World War II and the institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees.

Debut Novels, in Love, War, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3

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Donovan, Kemper. The Decent Proposal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391629. $25.99. POP FICTION At 29, wannabe Hollywood producer Richard Baumbach has little to show for his efforts but remains cockily assured of success, while 33-year-old Elizabeth Santiago will surely make partner at her law firm but barely deviates from her ordered life. (One big […]

Series Installments from Val McDermid, Denise Mina, & Thea Harrison | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Fiction

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Abdou, Angie. Between. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490686677. Read by Meredith Orlow. Vero and her husband, Shane, have two kids, two cars,and  two jobs. They are not coping well. In response to their looming domestic breakdown, Vero and Shane get live-in help with their sons—a woman from the Philippines named Ligaya; the children call her LiLi. […]

Baugh’s Pick of the Month, Hallinan, Weaver, Lester, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, October 1, 2015

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This month’s selections take readers from the mean streets of Philly to exotic Thailand, Greece and the financial meltdown, and the lava fields of Iceland. Who says genre fiction isn’t educational?

John Irving, Isabel Allende, & a Series Launch from Sarah MacLean | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Fiction

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Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. HarperAudio. ISBN 9780062420022. Read by Mitch Albom, Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, Paul Stanley, George Guidall, Mike Hodge, Robin Miles, Christian Baskous, Tony Chiroldes, Kevin O’ Neil, & Adriana Sananes. The voice of Music narrates the tale of Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind […]

Shannon Hale Launches a Series, How To Train Your Dragon Wraps Up | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Middle Grade

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Cowell, Cressida. How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury. (How To Train Your Dragon, Bk. 12). Blackstone. ISBN 9781478961543. Read by David Tennant. Gr 3-7—In the series finale, listeners will learn how tiny Hiccup the Viking became king of his people and united humans and dragonkind. In Hiccup’s misadventures, the stakes have never been higher, as […]