• FICTION

    END OF WATCH

    JUNE 7, 2016

FICTION

END OF WATCH

by Stephen King

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HISTORY

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by Neal Bascomb

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    MARCH 1, 2016

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

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by Matthew Desmond

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    THE SEARCHER

    MARCH 22, 2016

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

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by Christopher Morgan Jones

Suspenseful from start to finish, with plenty of regional color informing the narrative, Jones' third spy thriller is a... Full review >

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    THE NEST

    MARCH 22, 2016

FICTION

THE NEST

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A fetching debut from an author who knows her city, its people, and their hearts. Full review >

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    THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY

    MARCH 8, 2016

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

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    THE SPORT OF KINGS

    MAY 3, 2016

FICTION

THE SPORT OF KINGS

by C.E. Morgan

Vaultingly ambitious, thrillingly well-written, charged with moral fervor and rueful compassion. How will this dazzling... Full review >

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    BREAKING WILD

    FEB. 9, 2016

MYSTERY & DETECTIVE

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by Diane Les Becquets

A transcendent, breathless exploration of the darkest depths of loneliness and the unbreakable human spirit. Full review >

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    MY FATHER, THE PORNOGRAPHER

    FEB. 9, 2016

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MY FATHER, THE PORNOGRAPHER

by Chris Offutt

Though his relationship with his father was distant, melancholic, and precarious, Offutt quite movingly weaves his personal... Full review >

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    THE CRESSWELL PLOT

    JUNE 7, 2016

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE CRESSWELL PLOT

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