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New Titles April will soon be here, and with it comes a nice flowering of anticipated titles. Thriller fans and mystery fans always have a generous pick of hot titles and April is no different. This month brings new works from favorites Sarah Paretsky, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline and Jeffrey Deaver, as well as new whodunits from Anne Cleeve, Ann Ross and Susan Albert Wittig. Fans of literary fiction will see the return of Pulitzer-winning Elizabeth Strout with Anything Is Possible, a ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 21, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Conclave by Robert Harris

The Pope is dead. The world's largest religion is lacking a shepherd in a most tumultuous time and the Church needs a steady hand to unite its various factions. It's the responsibility of Jacopo Lomeli to gather the cardinals of the Church into the conclave that will make this momentous decision, sealed away from the world in the Sistine Chapel until one of their brothers emerges as God's chosen. It's the most secretive of elections, a decision guided by the Holy Spirit that results in real ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 1, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles We've got a double dose of Sweet Anticipation this month since we got behind over the holidays. So here are your March titles to anticipate. March will be a busy month for science fiction and fantasy fans. Popular authors John Scalzi, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Kim Stanley Robinson AND Samantha Shannon all have new works on the way. Robinson’s novel reimagines a New York City where global has turned the streets into canals, while Scalzi’s delves even deeper into the future and humanity’s ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles This February is proving especially sweet as titles from some big name authors make their appearance. Last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen presents his story collection The Refugees, while book club favorite Christina Baker Kline bases her novel A Piece of the World on Andrew Wyeth’s famous work Christina’s World. George Saunders, best known for his story collections, releases his first full length novel Lincoln in the Bardo mid-month. Neil ...read more

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February 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

Mili is a woman who lives in two worlds. A college graduate, she works at a women’s center in Jaipur, northwestern India, and heads off to Michigan to further her education in women’s studies. Her beloved Naani back in Rajasthtan doesn’t always approve, but as a married woman Mili has a great deal more independence than a lot of women from her village. That she hasn’t seen her husband for twenty years remains a source of pain, though, but Mili holds out hope that she will soon be wife to the ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Kimono: The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion edited by Anna Jackson

The kimono is one of the images that springs to mind when thinking of Japanese culture. Its blunt tee shape has changed little over the centuries, and the seamless nature of its construction has provided an irresistible canvas for generations of designers, dyers and weavers to showcase their artistry, and allowed wearers to showcase their wealth, status and personality. Kimono: The Art and Evolution of ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
February 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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New Titles Is it time to start talking 2017 titles already? January tends to be one of the slower months in publishing, but there are a few notables to look forward to in the new year. One of the most anticipated is Jane Harper’s Australian mystery The Drywhich was a hit with our ...read more

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January 18, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Beard Science by Penny Reid

The Winston brothers, all six of them, are well-known figures around their small hometown of Green Valley, Tennessee.  Partly this is due to each brother’s luxurious beard growth, but it’s also because the Winstons each have exceptional talents that capture the attention of the local denizens. Cletus, brother number three and star of Penny Reid’s romantic comedy Beard Science, has earned the town’s wary ...read more

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January 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Someone to Love by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh has long been one of the leading authors in Regency romance, writing over a hundred novels and becoming an automatic buy for most readers. Her latest, Someone to Love, launches a planned eight book series chronicling the fortunes, or lack of, the Westcott family. It’s an intriguing premise: the death of the immensely wealthy Earl of Riverdale prompts the discovery of a previously unacknowledged daughter, Anna Snow. But for the duke’s three other children, the discovery ...read more

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December 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fields Where They Lay by Timothy Hallinan

If you’re the sort of person who is not inclined to the holiday season, there can be no greater hell on earth than a shopping mall a few days before Christmas. In Fields Where They Lay, Junior Bender—LA-based thief and detective to the criminally inclined--is decidedly not a fan of Christmas. Yet when a Russian crime boss turned retail entrepreneur hires him to find out why shoplifting has skyrocketed at his struggling mall, Junior is stuck practically taking up residence at Edgerton ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 30, 2016 | 0 comments