Short Stories (10/21/21)

Today we’re spotlighting short stories with a collection on the relentless struggles against reality and the fight for survival in America, and hilarious, tough, and tender anecdotes defining the vulnerability of girlhood. MY MONTICELLO by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson 3 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick! “This fiction collection is an astonishing display of craftsmanship […]

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Nonfiction Round-Up (9/8/21)

The start of the #MeToo movement + an essential book of thought and culture + essays on race and power = this nonfiction round-up. UNBOUND: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke 3 starred reviews! “An unforgettable page-turner of a life story rendered with endless grace and […]

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Author Spotlight: Louise Penny (8/24/21)

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has taken readers along for the ride for 16 bestselling and award-winning adventures. In this 17th spellbinding novel, Gamache returns to Three Pines as the New Year approaches, but his family holiday is interrupted by what seems to be a simple request. THE MADNESS OF CROWDS 3 starred reviews! “Seamlessly integrating […]

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Genre Friday: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (5/21/21)

We’re spotlighting sci-fi and fantasy with a special investigator in the bustling and magic-filled streets of Egypt, the latest in the Chorus of Dragons series, a near-future story of the fight to stay alive, and the reissue of a sweeping romance with a dash of magic. A MASTER OF DJINN by P. Djèlí Clark 3 […]

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Spotlight on Science (4/21/21)

A curious tour of the universe + a novel about the nature of memory and confronting trauma + a scientific approach to the use of subtraction + an examination of influential ideas and the science that supports them = this spotlight on science. GENESIS: The Story of How Everything Began by Guido Tonelli 3 starred […]

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Community Stories (4/20/21)

Today we are diving into books about the power of community with a portrait of love, magic, and people coming together across islands + a story about an attempt to make a home amidst the Las Vegas lights. POPISHO by Leone Ross 3 starred reviews! “Citizens of an island nation learn the ways that magic […]

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Animal and Nature Spotlight (4/7/21)

Today we look at animals, nature, and the world with a dark and speculative thriller about endangered species and eco-conspiracies + a deeply researched exploration of a world remade after human intervention. HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER by Jeff VanderMeer 3 starred reviews! “The prolific VanderMeer moves from fantasy into noir territory with this version of an eco-thriller…A […]

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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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3 Stars for JACK

Marilynne Robinson’s JACK has received 3 starred reviews! “Myriad manifestations of pain are evoked, but here, too, are beauty, humor, mystery, and joy as Robinson holds us rapt with the exactitude of her perceptions and the exhilaration of her hymnal cadence, and so gracefully elucidates the complex sorrows and wonders of life and spirit.”–Booklist, starred […]

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Sneak Peek: September 2017 Indie Next List

Sneak Peek: September 2017 Indie Next List

The September 2017 Indie Next list includes 3 Macmillan titles! [updated 8/23] The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas 3 starred reviews!  “This breathtaking…novel will do for motherhood what Gone Girl did for marriage. ‘A story requires two things: a great story to tell and the bravery to tell it,’ Joan observes. Wolas’ debut […]

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