Strong Female Characters (4/14/21)

Today we’re spotlighting strong female characters with the coming-of-age of a young painter, a family and its matriarch negotiating sharing a home, an epic story of a queen who was all but forgotten, and the conclusion to a trilogy about fierce women in the 19th century American West. PAINTING TIME by Maylis de Kerangal 2 […]

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Author Spotlight: Jenny Lawson (4/13/21)

With two LibraryReads picks and a #1 New York Times bestseller, Jenny Lawson has a knack for bringing her signature humor into discussions surrounding mental health. Her latest collection of stories dives even deeper into her journey of physical and mental health. BROKEN (in the best possible way) A LibraryReads pick and an Indie Next […]

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Genre Friday: Sci Fi (4/9/21)

This Genre Friday spotlights a legendary serial killer in a fantastical city, a riveting adventure exploring self-discovery and abusive cults, and the conclusion to a near-future trilogy. THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT by Marina Lostetter “Lostetter (NOUMENON) makes her fantasy debut with this title…This tale has creative worldbuilding and an intense focus on the psychology of […]

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Spotlight on Food (4/6/21)

This food-focused spotlight features a mouth-watering and inspiring memoir of a restaurateur and chef, twenty-six essays inspired by twenty-six fruits, and a unique motivational diet plan. FINDING FREEDOM: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French 2 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick! “An acclaimed chef and restaurateur offers engaging stories […]

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Animals in Fiction and Nonfiction (4/1/21)

Today we are spotlighting animals in both fiction and nonfiction with a look at our future with robots based on our history with animals + our favorite canine/PI pairing solving a murder case from the past. THE NEW BREED: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots by Kate Darling “Thought-provoking popular […]

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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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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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Thriller Thursday (3/18/21)

An escaped murderer unearthing the long-buried scandals + a mind-bending courtroom thriller + a murder case in culinary school = this thriller Thursday. THE HIDING PLACE: A Mercy Carr Mystery by Paula Munier “Military veteran Mercy Carr and Vermont game warden Troy Warner have tracked killers before with their dogs, Elvis and Susie Bear, but […]

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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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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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