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Mystery 1/1/2018

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Etta Verma

MUSIC AND MYSTERY If there’s a job in which mental illness is a benefit, it might be writing—at least, it helps Brian Caskey, the intriguing main character in Simon Maltman’s A Kill for the Poet. Caskey is a Northern Irish …

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Children’s 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Erin Downey Howerton

POEMAS FAMILIARES Accessible, bite-sized, and made for sharing, the dual-language poems in Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas Familiares para Cada Día de la Semana, by the late Alarcón, give young readers a window into not just their …

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Young Adult 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Magan Szwarek

THRILL RIDE Post-apocalyptic horror meets science lesson in Plague Land, Scarrow’s adrenaline-packed rocket ride of a novel. Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently relocated from New Jersey to London with their British mother after their parents’ divorce. Leon, …

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Mystery 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Etta Verma

STRANGER THINGS In Desombre’s debut, The Sin Collector, “strange deaths in strange places” set an ambitious intern on a quest for truth. Masha is a law student at Moscow State University. She’s top of her class, which makes her fodder …

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Nonfiction 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Kaite Mediatore Stover

AND THE BEAT GOES ON As many music movements and musicians move into their “golden years,” the publishing industry has seen a spate of cultural histories and personal memoirs about legendary times and the legendary figures who lived them. In …

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Romance 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Robin Bradford

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE The Rogue’s Conquest Life is tough when your world is supposed to revolve around music and stitching and balls and being a proper lady, but all you want to do is pursue your love of science—specifically, insects. That’s …

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Horror 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Becky Spratford

TRADITIONAL TERROR Sometimes, readers just want a traditional tale of terror by a master of the form. Enter Bentley Little and his latest terrifying supernatural mystery, The Handyman. Real estate agent Daniel recounts the story of his family’s encounters with …

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Fiction 12/1/2017

In Book Reviews, Featured Book Review by Craig Clark

GERMAN PRECISION The Happiness Bureau, Izquierdo’s 2015 German novel, translated here by Rachel Hildebrandt, is an entertaining and heartfelt story of self-discovery amid a sea of paperwork. Middle-aged Albert Happy is content as a clerk in the Agency for Administrative …