Animals in Fiction and Nonfiction (4/1/21)

Today we are spotlighting animals in both fiction and nonfiction with a look at our future with robots based on our history with animals + our favorite canine/PI pairing solving a murder case from the past. THE NEW BREED: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots by Kate Darling “Thought-provoking popular […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (3/31/21)

A practical framework to create more fair workplaces + make doing laundry less chore and more fun = this nonfiction round-up. JUST WORK: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair by Kim Scott “Urgent and actionable, this passionate manifesto will be a welcome addition to any leader’s desk.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review LAUNDRY LOVE: Finding Joy in […]

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YA Spotlight (3/30/21)

This YA Spotlight is Stranger Things meets THE HAZEL WOOD: a paranormal thriller where three mysterious doors in a high school basement hold the key to unlocking a mystery. DOWN WORLD by Rebecca Phelps Rebecca Phelps’s debut is a coming-of-age sci-fi thriller about Mariana, the new kid in school. She is still reeling from the […]

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Genre Friday: Romance (3/26/21)

This Genre Friday amps up the heat and the sparks with a heartwarming story about a full-time bartender/part-time cowboy, three unexpected cowboys finding love, an Amish courtship tale, and a romcom in the suburbs. WISHING FOR A COWBOY by Victoria James Janie shows up on Aiden’s doorstep with a 12-year-old boy who looks exactly like […]

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Extra! Extra!: March 2021 Book News

HERE ARE ALL OF THE HEADLINES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THIS MONTH. NPR reviews Gretchen Bakke’s THE GRID, Katie Engelhart’s THE INEVITABLE +  Elon Green’s LAST CALL.  TIME interviews Eliot Higgins about WE ARE BELLINGCAT.  Amazon interviews Chris Whitaker.  Read an excerpt of Jeff VanderMeer’s HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER.  USA Today reviews BLOOD GUN MONEY +  SHOOTING […]

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Thriller Thursday: Historical Mysteries (3/25/21)

This week’s thrillers take us back in time to 1927 Ohio with a sheriff on a case of tainted moonshine and to a murder in early 1900s Florence. THE STILLS by Jess Montgomery “Montgomery continues her saga of strong Ohio women facing daunting obstacles…A beautifully written, finely crafted, character-based mystery that uses historical detail to […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up: Health Spotlight (3/24/21)

This nonfiction round-up spotlights works on health and life with a diagnosis of the flaws in the healthcare system, an incisive account of the Right to Die movement, and the biggest questions of life and death. THE HOSPITAL: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander 3 starred reviews! “Alexander’s scorching […]

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Books on Entertainment (3/23/21)

Today we are spotlighting books on entertainment with a history of an Oscar-winning film, the riveting story of the postwar American spirit in Major League Baseball, and a history of 1980s rock from musicians and industry insiders. SHOOTING MIDNIGHT COWBOY: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic by Glenn Frankel 4 […]

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Thriller Thursday (3/18/21)

An escaped murderer unearthing the long-buried scandals + a mind-bending courtroom thriller + a murder case in culinary school = this thriller Thursday. THE HIDING PLACE: A Mercy Carr Mystery by Paula Munier “Military veteran Mercy Carr and Vermont game warden Troy Warner have tracked killers before with their dogs, Elvis and Susie Bear, but […]

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Oprah Winfrey Names the Gilead Novels as the Next Oprah’s Book Club Selections

Attention all book club lovers! In partnership with Apple, Oprah Winfrey today announced her latest selections for Oprah’s Book Club are the Gilead novels by Marilynne Robinson. The four award-winning books—GILEAD, HOME, LILA, and JACK—are set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, and explore powerful themes of faith, family legacies, love, and human connections. […]

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