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BOOK REVIEW

A MILLION MILES AWAY by Lara  Avery
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though it reaches for emotional moments, the novel isn't especially memorable. (Romance. 14-18)"
Kelsey begins impersonating her deceased identical twin sister, Michelle, in a misguided attempt to protect Michelle's boyfriend, who has recently been deployed overseas, but her lies lead to heartache when she finds herself falling for Peter. Read full book review >

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FLAWLESS by Lara Chapman
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A teen romance with a little heart, it pushes past other formulaic efforts…by a nose. (Romance. 11 & up)"
Cyrano gets a sex change and goes to high school. Read full book review >

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THE IMPLOSION OF AGGIE WINCHESTER by Lara Zielin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"The premise has promise, but Aggie comes off as inauthentic as the novel's tidy resolution. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Teen melodrama that absolutely oozes angst. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rich, multifaceted, sometimes confusing story—but Marks tells it well, yielding a solid work of social and technological history."
A comprehensive account of the origins and fortunes of a 20th-century landmark: the Pill. Read full book review >

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BROCCOLI AND OTHER TALES OF FOOD AND LOVE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"Flavorful amuse-bouches from a talented chef."
Russian émigré Vapnyar follows her story collection There Are Jews In My House (2003) with this second small collection: six stories about immigrants in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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A SELFIE AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Lara Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Williams' painstakingly, pointillistically composed portraits capture the small moments that can change the trajectory of a life."
This spare debut collection of short stories provides a moody snapshot of modern life and love. Read full book review >

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STILL HERE by Lara Vapnyar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Definitely smart, fairly entertaining, but not likely to expand the author's audience."
An exploration of life, death, and social media from the author of The Scent of Pine (2014) and Memoirs of a Muse (2006). Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: LARA FEIGEL
by Alexia Nader

Numerous artists, journalists, and novelists have chronicled the Allies’ attempt to denazify and democratize Germany after the country’s surrender in 1945. Rather than let the vast body of literature about that period intimidate her, author Lara Feigel used it to her advantage. Her new book, The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich, is both a cultural ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST DIARY OF TSARITSA ALEXANDRA by Alexandra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Sketchy diary notes from Alexandra's final days of captivity will interest only experts and the most dogged devotees of the doomed Romanovs. Read full book review >

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CARL’S SUMMER VACATION by Alexandra Day
ADVENTURE
Released: June 5, 2008

"Day's paintings are as charming as ever, particularly in the joyful scenes of Madeleine riding on Carl's back, but one must wonder when Carl will be ready to retire. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Carl the protective Rottweiler and Madeleine the charming toddler return for another playful adventure in this popular series. Read full book review >

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CARL'S AFTERNOON IN THE PARK by Alexandra Day
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The dogs are as charmingly true to life as ever, while the fantasy will beguile fans and worry a few literal-minded caregivers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The latest in this popular series is in a larger format that generously accommodates an outdoor setting and a new character: a puppy who joins canine babysitter Carl and his small human charge on the merry-go-round, digging in a flower bed, sharing an ice cream, calling at the zoo, etc.; the original duo even poses for a painting club whose members represent them in several recognizable styles. Read full book review >

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SINCE 1920 by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unexceptional but attractive and useful—the final events take the story beyond the usual The Little House conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of what's happened to one neighborhood since a first couple moved out from the city 70+ years ago in order to build a new house on a piece of farm land . Read full book review >