Author Spotlight: Jonathan Franzen (10/13/21)

Jonathan Franzen is no stranger to bringing a unique and dazzlingly vividness to his characters. His newest novel, and the start to a trilogy, CROSSROADS does just that with the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of crisis. CROSSROADS 4 starred reviews! “Franzen’s intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times […]

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4 Stars for Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s CROSSROADS has received FOUR starred reviews! “Much like Updike, Franzen is keenly aware that human struggle is defined by understanding and acceptance and that it is generational, ideas he admirably captures here.”–Library Journal, starred review “This masterpiece of social realism vividly captures each character’s internal conflicts as a response to and a reflection […]

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4 Stars for Rooney + Listen to an Audio Sample!

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU, Sally Rooney’s latest novel of life, love, and friendship, has received FOUR starred reviews! Plus, check out an exclusive audio excerpt. “Rooney’s third novel deals with some of the emotional dynamics and ideas explored in CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS and NORMAL PEOPLE but expands and enriches them by depicting human dramas […]

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Around the World in Books (5/5/21)

Today’s spotlight takes us around the world to a remote coastal landscape as a woman examines her life, one of Iceland’s most isolated villages with a teacher seeing ghosts, a gorgeous Brittany beach resort after a murder, and a rural village in Northern China to find justice. SECOND PLACE by Rachel Cusk 4 starred reviews […]

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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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Happy #PubDay (4/14/20)

An exploration of loss and a man’s capacity for love and evil + the secrets that shaped two families + a bloody and Gothic debut = this #pubday party! MAN OF MY TIME by Dalia Sofer 4 starred reviews! “A gorgeously written character study that examines, with sensitivity and pathos, the small steps that lead […]

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4 Stars for MAN OF MY TIME

Dalia Sofer’s MAN OF MY TIME, the story of an Iranian man reckoning with his capacity for love and evil, has received FOUR starred reviews! “Through the pain of Hamid’s alienation, Sofer (THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ), an Iranian-born Jew who grew up in the United States, has created a memorable and difficult character who can […]

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Happy #PubDay and Women 2020 (1/21/20)

It’s #PubDay, and we have some strong women to spotlight: the raw journey of a woman and her son fleeing from Mexico to America + four women across generations living through slavery and racism. AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins A January LibraryReads pick, a February Indie Next List pick, and four starred reviews! “This extraordinary […]

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Four Stars for AMERICAN DIRT!

Four Stars for AMERICAN DIRT!

Jeanine Cummins’ immigration saga AMERICAN DIRT–the splashiest book of 2020 so far–now has FOUR starred reviews! “As the quartet travel, they face terror on a constant basis, with danger possible from any encounter, but also compassion and occasionally even wonder. This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”–Publishers Weekly, starred […]

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A Special Spooky Round-Up (10/31/19)

A Special Spooky Round-Up (10/31/19)

From the bone-chilling, blood-curdling, trick-or-treat ready halls of Macmillan comes a round-up of some ghoulishly delightful horror treats from the past year. Grab your favorite candy and curl up with your black cat while reading these spooktacular books. THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2019 + two starred […]

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