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We’re Seeing Stars!

Holy starred reviews, Batman! Check out these forthcoming titles that earned two starred reviews!

THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake

“This novel sets out to be more than a juicy family saga—it aims to depict the moral evolution of a part of American society. Its convincing characters and muscular narrative succeed on both counts.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Blake deftly interrogates the many shades of prejudice and ‘the ordinary, everyday wickedness of turning away.’ Blake’s brilliant and ravishing novel promises to hit big”–Booklist, starred review

LOTHARINGIA: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country by Simon Winder

“Winder highlights the contrasts between readers’ modern perspectives and those of the Lotharingians and their peers with a deft combination of personal observation, historical anecdotes, and humorously straightforward summaries of complex military, dynastic, and ideological conflicts. This work is highly recommended for fans of European and world history.”–Booklist, starred review

“Winder infuses his account with such energy and wit that readers may be pleasantly unaware of the many history lessons he imparts. A meandering and highly entertaining amble through fascinating bits of history that culminates in the horrors of the invading armies of the world wars.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL by Dominic Smith

“A compelling plot, robust characters, and finely crafted prose richly evoke a bygone age and art.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Smith’s tale is as luminous as celluloid projected on a silver screen hung from a dirigible floating over the Hudson (yes, this happens). Highly recommended for historical fiction fans and readers who love old Hollywood novels.”–Booklist, starred review

ENDEAVOUR: The Ship That Changed the World by Peter Moore

“A dense but enlightening history of a highly significant 18th-century vessel…. History at its most exciting and revealing.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With an acute eye, Moore limns the conflicting human impulses in the first episodes of this epoch-making drama. Maritime history that opens onto much more.”–Booklist, starred review

FALTER: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben

“Readers open to inconvenient and sobering truths will find much to digest in McKibben’s eloquently unsparing treatise.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Profoundly compelling and enlightening, McKibben balances alarm with hope as he celebrates the climate-change resistance movement and ‘the human love that works to feed the hungry… that comes together in defense of sea turtles and sea ice, and of all else around us that is good.'”–Booklist, starred review

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

“This tender, exuberant, and impressively crafted debut novel spans decades of family upheaval and painful secrets in telling the story of a freethinking black woman in a tightly knit Carolina community…. Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

“Aided by fine and numerous maps, this is superb military and diplomatic history and represents storytelling on a grand scale.”–Booklist, starred review

“This graphic account will especially appeal to military history enthusiasts but is accessible for all readers seeking to experience the realities of the revolution.”–Library Journal, starred review

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