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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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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YA Spotlight (3/15/21)

The YA edition of the most acclaimed written history of hip-hop + a modern spin on Shakespeare’s classics + the closing to a fantasy duology + a thrilling novel about a girl’s search for answers = this YA spotlight. CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP (YA Edition): A Hip-Hop History by Jeff Chang and Dave Cook 2 […]

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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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3 Stars for THE HOLLY

Julian Rubinstein’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core has received THREE starred reviews! THE HOLLY: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American NeighborhoodISBN 9780374168919, on sale 5/11/21 “Journalist Rubinstein tells the haunting story of a former gang member who tried to go straight and ran […]

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Fiercely Female Spotlight (3/9/21)

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, we are spotlighting books with strong female characters, including a teenage outlaw trying to survive and keep her family together, a family saga revolving around a mother and two teens, and a new kind of feminism through the eyes of an influential Peruvian writer. WE BEGIN AT THE […]

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Thriller Thursday (3/4/21)

This chilling thrilling Thursday features a mysterious abandoned village, a fiancé with a dark secret, painful memories unearthed after a family reunion, a missile attack in New York, and a poetic serial killer. THE LOST VILLAGE by Camilla Sten A LibraryReads pick! “Sten’s novel, already a hit across Europe, is a horror-suspense hybrid, told through […]

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3 Stars for HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER

HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER, Jeff VanderMeer’s latest brilliant speculative thriller, has received three starred reviews! “VanderMeer is a marvelous craftsman. Every word here feels carefully chosen; every sentence has a purpose; every plot point causes ripples felt through the rest of the story, including Jane’s opening remark that she intends to show us “how the world ends.” […]

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