• FICTION

    MARGINAL MORMONS

    JULY 31, 2012

FICTION

MARGINAL MORMONS

by Johnny Townsend

A perfect read for the election season, though its appeal will endure. Full review >

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    East Side Story

    SEPT. 30, 2010

ROMANCE

East Side Story

by Martha Tarcici

Vivid period details and a forthright heroine help smooth the rough edges of this rags-to-riches story. Full review >

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    HEART'S BLOOD

    MARCH 20, 2012

FICTION

HEART'S BLOOD

by Elizabeth Zinn

An eloquent, refreshing perspective on the struggles faced by those living along the Mexican border. Full review >

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    HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN MALE

    JAN. 13, 2012

HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN MALE

by Chuck Henry

An honest, funny and occasionally troubling look at socially bewildered masculinity in the 21st century. Full review >

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    JASMINE

    NOV. 14, 2011

FICTION

JASMINE

by Winston Aarons

A well-crafted tale of passion, loss and the dangers of obsession. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    JIMMY JAMES BLOOD

    SEPT. 18, 2011

FICTION

JIMMY JAMES BLOOD

by Melissa Peterson

An intense, lyrical portrait of America's vulnerable underbelly. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    JIRO'S DREAM

    JULY 25, 2011

FICTION

JIRO'S DREAM

by Philip Groves

Lively, illuminatingly exotic and richly told tale of life during wartime. Full review >

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  • INDIE

    THE NEXT TO LAST DRINK

    MARCH 7, 2012

THE NEXT TO LAST DRINK

by Lois Mathieu

A powerful story that approaches a happy ending—or at least a hopeful one. Full review >

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  • INDIE

    RUTTING SEASON

    JUNE 26, 2012

RUTTING SEASON

by Roy Ness

An uplifting read that informs, enlightens and satisfies. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SPOONFUL

    FEB. 8, 2012

FICTION

SPOONFUL

by Chris Mendius

A superb tale of the druggie lifestyle, by a writer with talent to burn. Full review >

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  • INDIE

    THE CHESTERFIELD HOURS

THE CHESTERFIELD HOURS

by Gwyn Parry

The only unsatisfying feature of Parry’s debut is that it ends. Full review >

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  • INDIE

    THE IGUANA SPEAKS MY NAME

    SEPT. 1, 2012

  • INDIE

    THE SECRET SENSE OF WILDFLOWER

    APRIL 22, 2012

THE SECRET SENSE OF WILDFLOWER

by Susan Gabriel

A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TENANT LAWYER

    NOV. 18, 2011

FICTION

THE TENANT LAWYER

by Eric Dinnocenzo

A notable debut that infuses an engrossing legal procedural with deep empathy. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WATER THIEF

    APRIL 23, 2012

  • INDIE

    YOUNG PRB

    JUNE 27, 2012

YOUNG PRB

by Elisabeth M. Lee

An illuminating look at an influential artistic period, which may well inspire readers to pick up their own pen or... Full review >

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