Legendary Ladies | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Wagner’s wonderfully readable book of wise love letters to the great actresses is like enjoying an intimate chat with an old friend and highly recommended; Star is strictly a browsing item

Dynamic Duo | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Conversations with Paul McCartney and Lennon on Lennon are essential new additions to the voluminous Beatles literature

Staging Shakespeare | Arts & Humanities Reviews, October 1, 2016

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Playgoers needing a reference guide before and/or after going to the theater will be delighted; actors and directors working on the plays will enjoy Wells’s insights; this ­readable account shows that Shakespeare is universal

Littlejohn’s Debut of the Month, McCoy, Zahradnik, French, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, October 1, 2016

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What will you recommend for your readers during the spooky holiday season?

Cases for Faith, Early Christianity, the Reformation, Self-Discovery | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, October 1, 2016

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A balanced and sensitive treatment of suffering; a scholarly look at the birth of Christianity; a source of common ground and common cause; a breath of fresh air on a sorely misappropriated concept; an Emblem of Faith that is first archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Oh, the Horror! | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2016

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Here are just some of the debuts that horror fans can look to this ­Halloween season.

Keeping Up with the Kids | Music Matters, October 1, 2016

My first-choice discovery tool is Spotify, the music streaming service. It doesn’t have everything, of course. However, the service has a sizable variety of new music, and you’ll be able to sample a good portion of songs currently topping the charts.

Worldwide Reading: Books Beyond the Mainstream That Take Us Far

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An enthralling portrait of a time, a place, and one resilient woman; Eir’s deliciously written work is almost as good as going on one’s own spiritual quest; smart and absorbing reading for a wide audience; Laroui is insightful and often blackly funny; Nobel Prize winner Modiano; Tawada’s engaging fable is not just for animal lovers

With a “Hungry Heart,” Jennifer Weiner Talks Creativity and Character

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Best-selling author and outspoken New York Times columnist Jennifer Weiner moves from fiction to nonfiction in her new memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing.

Fall/Winter Debut Novels 2016

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Personal reading and the input of LJ reviewers stand behind the selection of these upcoming debut novels as titles worth watching.