Title Spotlight: L.A. WEATHER (9/23/21)

Today’s forecast is partly funny, partly heartbreaking, with a high chance of complexity in the story of the Alvarado family in María Amparo Escandón’s L.A. WEATHER. Oscar Alvarado does nothing but fret about L.A.’s current drought even as he dwells on a longstanding secret, and Keila, his wife of 40 years, has finally had it; […]

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World War II Spotlight (9/22/21)

Today we have two stories of love and survival in World War II with a little-known chapter of a family’s inspiring history + a novel of one woman’s return to Occupied Berlin to face the past and find an unexpected future. INTO THE FOREST: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel […]

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Author Spotlight: Hank Phillippi Ryan (9/21/21)

Bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan asks readers how much would you risk to keep a perfect life in her most personal standalone thriller yet. HER PERFECT LIFE explores fame, fortune, perfection, and one life-changing secret with the story of a beloved television reporter who starts to believe someone is determined to destroy […]

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2021 National Book Award Longlists

The 2021 National Book Award longlists have been announced, and we have 5 titles in the running! Fiction ZORRIE by Laird HuntABUNDANCE by Jakob Guanzon Nonfiction THE FREE WORLD: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand Poetry THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN by Threa Almontaser Translated Literature THE TWILIGHT ZONE by Nona […]

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Thriller Thursday (9/16/21)

A serial killer hiding aboard a stranded cruise ship + a missing girl in NYC + a modern-day courtroom drama about wartime heroics = this thriller Thursday! THE STOWAWAY by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth “This is a really good thriller, claustrophobic and creepy and fast-paced. The authors are clearly having some fun with […]

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Maximum Shelf: OLGA DIES DREAMING (9/15/21)

Today’s Shelf Awareness Maximum Shelf pick is Xochitl Gonzalez’s OLGA DIES DREAMING, a blazing debut about a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots­, all in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of […]

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Author Spotlight: Alice Feeney (9/15/21)

Writer, journalist, New York Times bestseller, and queen of the twist Alice Feeney brings another page-turning psychological suspense that asks, do you really know the person you married? ROCK PAPER SCISSORS takes readers into ten years of marriage and ten years of secrets with Adam and Amelia Wright as they celebrate an anniversary that they […]

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Starred Review Round-Up (9/14/21)

We’re seeing stars! These titles all received multiple starred reviews: FIGHT NIGHT by Miriam ToewsISBN 9781635578171 | on sale 10/5/21 “Fierce and funny, this gives undeniable testimony to the life force of family. It’s a knockout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review “Funny and sad and exquisitely tender.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review APPLES NEVER FALL by Liane MoriartyISBN 9781250220257 […]

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Mystery Series Spotlight (9/14/21)

Today we’re diving into mystery series with the extraordinary second book in the Two Rivers series and the 53rd adventure of a beloved homicide detective. THE HERON’S CRY: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel by Ann Cleeves 2 starred reviews! “Fans of Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope and Shetland mysteries will be eager for her latest novel, where […]

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Author Spotlight: Liane Moriarty (9/13/21)

Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author, always shocks readers with her mystery, twists, and domestic dysfunction. Moriarty’s latest, APPLES NEVER FALL, brings all that and more as she dives into marriage, sibling rivalry, tennis, and the lies we tell ourselves in this irresistible and gripping tale of the Delaney family. APPLES NEVER FALL […]

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