Family Stories (3/16/21)

Today’s spotlight is on the joy and drama of familial relationships with two strangers unexpectedly linked by a DNA test + a gripping multigenerational tale filled with secrets. A MILLION REASONS WHY by Jessica Strawser “In this standout novel, an ancestry test taken on a whim becomes more than a fun distraction…Strawser brings the seamless […]

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YA Spotlight (3/15/21)

The YA edition of the most acclaimed written history of hip-hop + a modern spin on Shakespeare’s classics + the closing to a fantasy duology + a thrilling novel about a girl’s search for answers = this YA spotlight. CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP (YA Edition): A Hip-Hop History by Jeff Chang and Dave Cook 2 […]

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Genre Friday: Sci Fi + Fantasy (3/12/21)

This Genre Friday features four sci fi + fantasy titles including the sequel to A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE, a dreamy and dangerous collection of boundary-pushing stories, a ghost who refuses to cross over to the afterlife, and a restaurant run by a retired space crew. A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE by Arkady Martine 2 starred reviews! […]

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Genre Friday: Romance (3/12/21)

Happy Friday! Today we are spotlighting romance with a high seas journey from grief and trauma to love and soulmates + a quest for revenge that leads to an explosive reuniting of childhood friends. FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller A LibraryReads pick! “A woman navigates her grief during a tumultuous sea voyage in YA author […]

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Thriller Thursday (3/11/21)

This thriller Thursday spotlights historical crimes threatened with erasure, the true story of the Last Call Killer, and a cold-blooded murder case reopened. THE TWILIGHT ZONE by Nona Fernández 3 starred reviews! “Chilean actor and novelist Fernández continues her project of lifting the veil on the dark years of Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship…Fernández is emerging […]

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3 Stars for THE HOLLY

Julian Rubinstein’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core has received THREE starred reviews! THE HOLLY: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American NeighborhoodISBN 9780374168919, on sale 5/11/21 “Journalist Rubinstein tells the haunting story of a former gang member who tried to go straight and ran […]

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Sneak Peek: April 2021 Indie Next List

The April 2021 Indie Next list features 5 Macmillan titles! BROKEN (in the best possible way) by Jenny LawsonISBN 9781250077035, on sale 4/6/21 “[Lawson] also makes others laugh. Her delivery is zany, clever, and raunchy. Her conversations with party guests, her long-suffering husband, her sister, and even herself are flat-out hilarious. And the situations she […]

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Fiercely Female Spotlight (3/9/21)

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, we are spotlighting books with strong female characters, including a teenage outlaw trying to survive and keep her family together, a family saga revolving around a mother and two teens, and a new kind of feminism through the eyes of an influential Peruvian writer. WE BEGIN AT THE […]

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YA Spotlight (3/8/21)

This YA Spotlight features a girl giving anonymous love advice, the trade paperback of a queer Grease retelling, and an unexpected pair dealing with long-buried secrets. PERFECT ON PAPER by Sophie Gonzales “A highly inclusive read with many characters identifying as LGBTQ+, this delightful foray into the world of high school relationships is a fantastic […]

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Thriller Thursday (3/4/21)

This chilling thrilling Thursday features a mysterious abandoned village, a fiancé with a dark secret, painful memories unearthed after a family reunion, a missile attack in New York, and a poetic serial killer. THE LOST VILLAGE by Camilla Sten A LibraryReads pick! “Sten’s novel, already a hit across Europe, is a horror-suspense hybrid, told through […]

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