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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"The lessons to be learned are many, but, the editors conclude, the regulatory mechanisms meant to preclude future meltdowns, such as the Dodd-Frank Act, are now under assault. Stay tuned."
Think Bernie Madoff was an outlier? To gauge by some of the contributors to this volume, the whole speculative economy is a vast Ponzi scheme. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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LIFE IN THE BIG EASY
by David Rapp

Novelists love New Orleans. Its hot, humid summers, dazzling architecture, unique gastronomical delights, and diverse culture have proven irresistible, providing the colorful backdrop for a wide range of fiction—from literary classics, such as John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces and Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, to such popular genre outings as Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series and John Grisham’s ...


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A STUDY IN MUST-READ AUTHORS
by Bobbi Dumas

So you all are Sherry Thomas fans, right?

I sincerely hope so! She’s seriously one of the smartest writers out there, and for whatever reason, her novels hit all my romance buttons. 

Last fall she released A Study in Scarlet Women, an intriguing new take on the Sherlock Holmes canon. (It got a great review and was named one ...


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SUSAN SONTAG
by Michael Valinsky

In her new short story collection, Debriefing, Susan Sontag showcases her incredible skill at drawing readers in through jarring narrative gestures, confusing character arcs, and an unremittingly flirtatious tendency to poke fun at the possibilities of the imagination. “As a young writer Sontag wasn’t interested in the more conventional kind of fiction that was based in scene-making. She was after ...


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BACKLIST FAVES
by Leila Roy

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as ...


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DIGGING DEEP
by Julie Danielson

Picture books are a greatly underestimated art form, too often dismissed, in the words of Maurice Sendak, as trifles for the kiddies. I’m about to teach a Summer graduate course, all about picture books, for the University of Tennessee, and I plan to kick it off with the usual request of my students: please try to go beyond merely “cute” ...


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NEW BOOKS I'M WATCHING FOR IN MAY 2017
by Leila Roy

Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!

Here are thirteen of them:

It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura

Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL FOR A DIME by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Exuberant, naïve entrepreneurs risk 'all for a dime' in this rib-tickling read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bear, Mole, and Skunk try to sell their favorite things on Market Day with surprising results. Read full book review >

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OFF WE GO! by Will Hillenbrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A winner all around. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A good friend will help you prepare for your challenges and will see you through them, as Bear does for Mole in another charming tale in the series from Hillenbrand (Kite Day, 2012, etc.) Read full book review >

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MY BOOK BOX by Will Hillenbrand
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"General instructions appended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Conceived to kick off a library's summer reading campaign, this relentlessly purposeful outing presents a toddler-like elephant and frog duo demonstrating uses for an understandably rumpled-looking cardboard box. Read full book review >

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HANSEL AND GRETEL by Will Moses
adapted by Will Moses, illustrated by Will Moses
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"No source note. (Picture book/folktale. 9-11)"
Strong, atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for less than smooth writing in this version of the old domestic drama. Read full book review >