Books Always Everywhere

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Jane Blatt Random House Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 32 pages The subject matter of Books Always Everywhere delivers exactly what you’d expect. Books. Lots and lots of books. Everywhere. While there is no story arc, character development or dialog, we are …

The Lost Sisterhood: A Novel

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Historical Fiction
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By Anne Fortier Ballantine Books, $27.00, 608 pages Oxford professor Diana Morgan has been obsessed with the Amazons for her entire life, ever since her thought-to-be-crazy granny claimed to have been one. When a mysterious organization offers her the chance of a …

The Dismal Science: A Novel

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Peter Mountford Tin House Books, $15.95, 230 pages In a way, The Dismal Science is about self-reinvention. It is a story about rebuilding one’s life, which is relevant to a lot of readers in this day and age who are trying to …

The Year She Left Us: A Novel

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Kathryn Ma Harper, $25.99, 336 pages It may not be something you’ve thought a lot about but how does a Lost Daughter of China feel? Obviously, there is a vast variety of possibilities and it can change from moment to moment …

Thirty Girls

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Susan Minot Knopf, $26.95, 320 pages This long-awaited novel by Susan Minot is hailed as “ambitious” and “luminous” on the cover blurb and those are the perfect terms to describe it. In Thirty Girls, Minot’s narrative follows 30 girls in war-torn …

A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint Novels)

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Sharon Bolton Minotaur Books, $25.99, 448 pages A Dark and Twisted Tide is the fourth book in the series featuring Lacey Flint. She was a detective in the London Metropolitan Police but has requested demotion to the uniform ranks of the River …

Afterparty

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Daryl Gregory Tor Books, $26.99, 304 pages Afterparty is the latest book from one of the most promising new science fiction/fantasy writers to emerge over the last 10 years. Having treated us to the inner turmoil of a family dealing with a …

The Good Suicides

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Crime Fiction
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By Antonio Hill Crown, $26.00, 368 pages The Good Suicides is an example of an interestingly rare phenomenon. Often when a reader begins with a series and reads the first two books, they are designed to be read as stand-alones. That makes it …

A Little Folly

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Jude Morgan St. Martin’s Griffin, $15.99, 416 pages Valentine and Louisa have lived under their father’s thumb for their entire lives. After his death, they resolve to begin truly living, starting with getting to know their estranged cousins, and with Louisa …

Delicious!: A Novel

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Ruth Reichl Random House, $27.00, 400 pages Delicious! is a nice summer read told to us by Billie, a motherless California girl transplanted to New York. Accomplished in many ways in the kitchen (she has killer taste buds), Billie lacks confidence in …

The Heiresses

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Sara Shepard Harper, $25.99, 320 pages Sara Shepard’s latest novel, an upscale mystery about four heiresses to one of New York’s most prestigious diamond companies, leaves little to be desired for fans of her Pretty Little Liars series. Set in a Gossip …

Crown of Renewal (Paladin’s Legacy)

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy
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By Elizabeth Moon Del Rey, $26.00, 528 pages Crown of Renewal is the fifth and final volume in the Paladin’s Legacy sequence set in the world of Parksenarrion. It’s intended to bring together the major plot threads from multiple books in this overarching …

Immortal Muse

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy
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By Stephen Leigh DAW Hardcover, $24.95, 576 pages Don’t the let the size of this massive novel sway you from picking it up, because once you do, you will voraciously devour every single page, tearing through the story like a maniacal bibliophile. …

Skin Game

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy
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By Jim Butcher Roc, $27.95, 464 pages Harry Dresden, wizard and general kicker of evil butt, is about to have a very bad day. His new boss, Mab, the faerie queen of winter, has ordered him to settle a debt by helping …

The Very Best of Tad Williams

July 14, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy
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By Tad Williams Tachyon Publication, $15.95, 432 pages From high fantasy to urban environments, humor to horror, science fiction to mystery, Williams has written about it all. Orlando Gardiner, author of Otherland, is showcased in one story (“The Boy Detective of Oz”), …