Historical Spotlight (4/13/22)

This historical spotlight features a former WWI ace pilot and his wingwalker wife as they barnstorm across America, a woman and a nation struggling to be reborn from the ashes, and a gripping tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets amid America’s last deadly flu pandemic. WINGWALKERS by Taylor Brown “Vivid writing pops off the page […]

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True Crime Spotlight (3/15/22)

We’re diving into true crime in this spotlight with the story of a landmark sexual assault investigation, a memoir about cracking America’s toughest cold cases, a fascinating tale of poisons and poisonous deeds, and a look at psychopathy from a leading expert. TELL ME EVERYTHING: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse 2 starred […]

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Historical Spotlight (3/8/22)

This historical spotlight features a grim tale of royalty and ruthless determination, a WWII love story, a glossy portrait of Russian artists and nobles in exile, a 20th-century mystery, and a feminist take on the witch hunts. THE TSARINA’S DAUGHTER by Ellen Alpsten “Alpsten impresses with the second volume of her trilogy (following TSARINA)…While readers […]

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Historical Spotlight (2/22/22)

This historical spotlight features a fast-paced reimagining of what happened during Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance, from an affair to murder + a deep dive into the history of real-life heiresses and what it meant for women of the time to be surrounded by fortune, gossip, and scandal. THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR BY NINA DE GRAMONT 2 […]

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Crime and Murder Spotlight (1/25/22)

We’re diving into crime fiction and nonfiction in this spotlight with a novel about murder and the dangers of storytelling + a bestselling author/journalist unravels one couple‘s lethal relationship. DEVIL HOUSE by John Darnielle 2 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick! “An impressively meta work that delivers the pleasures of true-crime while skewering it.”–Kirkus Reviews, […]

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GFA Spotlight: MICKY7

Sci-Fi fans, get ready for a mind-bending, thought-provoking, comedic space adventure in Edward Ashton’s MICKEY7. “Ashton crafts a unique hero in amateur historian Mickey Barnes, the breezy narrator of this far-flung, far-future adventure… Sci-fi readers will be drawn in by the inventive premise and stick around for the plucky narrator.”–Publishers Weekly THE MARTIAN meets DARK […]

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Booklist 2021 Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Spotlight

Booklist knows the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror books you’ll want on your shelves this year! Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror A MASTER OF DJINN by P. Djèlí ClarkSORROWLAND by Rivers Solomon Top 10 SF/Fantasy & Horror Debuts SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-ChanSUN-DAUGHTERS, SEA-DAUGHTERS by Aimee Ogden Spectrum of Horror: From Shivers to […]

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GFA Spotlight: TO HOLD UP THE SKY

In this Genre For All spotlight, I’d like to wish a hearty welcome to Julia, one of our pals over at Tor, who’s come to talk about Cixin Liu’s TO HOLD UP THE SKY (on sale today!) + a special offer for librarians. Educators save the world. You know it. I know it. Cixin Liu […]

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Spotlight on Music (10/7/20)

Press play and turn up the volume! Today we’re spotlighting music, featuring the life of Prince and a deep reflection from Lenny Kravitz. THIS THING CALLED LIFE: Prince’s Odyssey, On and Off the Record by Neal Karlen “A journalist acquaintance of Prince’s riffs on the musician’s Sphinx-like persona, heartbreaks, and basketball skills.”–Kirkus Reviews LET LOVE […]

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Spotlight on U.S. (9/2/20)

Today’s spotlight on America is as varied as the country itself, with a memoir of growing up in a paper mill town, a Russian-American political history, graphic journalism following a refugee family, a humorous take on the 50 states, a call for national unity, and a history of American authoritarianism. MILL TOWN: Reckoning with What […]

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