Author Spotlight: Louise Penny (9/1/20)

LibraryReads Hall of Famer and New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny is back with the next adventure of everyone’s favorite Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. This time, Gamache finds himself in a Paris filled with family secrets and gruesome discoveries. ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE 4 starred reviews! “The strengths of this latest procedural from […]

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Author Spotlight: Michael Greger (8/31/20)

The New York Times bestselling author of HOW NOT TO DIE takes a timely look at the viruses that cause a pandemic. As the world continues to learn of COVID19’s impacts, Dr. Greger analyzes what we can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and society. HOW TO SURVIVE A PANDEMIC by Michael Greger, M.D., […]

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YA Spotlight (8/31/20)

This YA spotlight takes us to a world made dangerous by the sea in FABLE, and through sleepless nights filled with trauma, heartbreak, and love in THE INSOMNIACS. FABLE by Adrienne Young “Memorable characters reinforce the theme of found family, while a slow-burning romance adds a tense undercurrent that leads to the cliffhanger ending.”–Publishers Weekly […]

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Adult Books for Teens

This month’s roundup of adult books for teens includes an ANIMAL FARM-esque world, an intimate Irish memoir, and a harrowing blend of memoir and cultural investigation. TALKING ANIMALS by Joni Murphy97803745387438/4/2020 “Murphy’s urban update of Animal Farm and Alfonzo’s intellectual and emotional conundrums will intrigue advanced YA readers.” —Booklist, YA Interest INVENTORY by Darran Anderson97803742775818/4/2020 […]

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Nature and Animals (8/27/20)

A scientist tracks an elusive owl in eastern Russia + a world where animals deal with an all-too-familiar human landscape = today’s nature and animals round-up. OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght 2 starred reviews! “An American scientist chronicles his travels through […]

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2020 International Booker Prize Winner

Congratulations to 2020 International Booker Prize winner THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING! THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld; Translated from the Dutch by Michele HutchisonISBN 9781644450345, on sale now “Rijneveld’s International Booker Prize–shortlisted debut is not a novel for those expecting triumphal outcomes. Readers who can persist through the agonies of a family falling […]

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A Family Story (8/26/20)

One seemingly normal family grapples with deep wounds in today’s family spotlight. THE FAMILY CLAUSE by Jonas Hassen Khemiri “Khemiri succeeds at creating an infectious sense of melancholia as the poisonous patriarch is forced to reckon with the truth. In a slow build of quotidian moments, Khemiri constructs a familiarly flawed universe that lays bare […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (8/25/20)

The four major factors that undermine American democracy + a wide look at the years leading up to World War II = this nonfiction round-up. FOUR THREATS: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy by Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman “Mettler and Lieberman marshal a wealth of evidence to make their case, and incisively sketch […]

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Drop-In Alert: Michael Eric Dyson’s LONG TIME COMING

The New York Times bestselling author of TEARS WE CANNOT STOP returns this Fall with a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption in LONG TIME COMING: Reckoning with Race in America. The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43-year-old Black man, was […]

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3 Stars for THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE

V. E. Schwab’s brilliant standalone novel THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE blends iconic periods in history with magic and romantic intrigue and spans countries and centuries… AND has 3 starred reviews! “This sweeping fantasy is as much a love story as it is a tribute to storytelling, art, and inspiration. Schwab’s diverse cast is […]

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