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TIME AFTER TIME
by Sarah Pitre

BOOK REPORT for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Cover Story: Message in a Bottle

BFF Charm: Meh

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Old Fashioned

Bonus Factor: Time Travel

Relationship Status: Vacation Fling

Cover Story: Message in a Bottle

This cover is really pretty, but if you think about it too hard, it doesn’t make sense. The ship that’s supposed to be ...


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NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

Cover Story: Get Lost

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Talky Talk: She Said

Bonus Factor: The Princess Diaries

Anti-Bonus Factor: Paranormal Activity

Relationship Status: See You on Social Media?

Cover Story: Get Lost

At first glance, this cover’s a decent one. There’s none of the typical tropes YA books often fall ...


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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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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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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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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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THE DEVIL'S CLAW by Lara  Dearman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Dearman's debut is overwrought in its addiction to italicized flashbacks, highly competent in its use of serial-killer conventions, and appealingly heartfelt in its heroine's entirely believable dedication."
A Guernsey-bred reporter who's retreated from the criminal cobwebs of London to her birthplace finds the Channel Islands just as deep in malfeasance and a lot deeper in denial. 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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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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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 >