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Mostly Dead Things is an odd creature: a book widely recommended and popularly listed, but marked by a fundamental discomfort that defies mainstream appeal.

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Boys of Alabama is a beautiful book that carries the reader along on a tide of rich, eloquent language.”

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“eminently readable and emotionally intense.”

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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida is a tremendous examination of sadness.

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T. J. Klune’s latest title could be the lovechild of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) and a Nora Roberts’ second chances, found family romance.

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“If this book were an opera, De Robertis would be deafened by curtain call after curtain call after every performance.

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In journalism, “bury the lede” is a term of craft: placing the most important point of the story too far down in the text, too distant from the all-important lead paragraph.

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“Crain’s gift is in analyzing intense human relationships.”

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Lie with Me will enthrall the reader from start to finish. The prose is so spot on. Besson seems incapable of wasting a word.

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“A riveting story of a horrible injustice enacted with careful, logical cruelty in the name of national security.

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“Reading The History of Living Forever is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

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“Crossing is a challenging and brilliant work of fiction.”

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“What is most remarkable about Mostly Dead Things is that, despite the mishaps and travails of the Morton family, the novel is ultimately both highly entertaining and inspiring, as

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“a gorgeously written novel about race, about class, about street life and gender and the ragged ways we have chosen to define them.”

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“Davies ushers in a new era of queer fiction, one in which queerness is just one part of a human story.”

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“Hockney’s creative output had taken a marked turn. Working in three dimensions changed his relationship to space. It enhanced his vision further the way his deafness had . . .

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“Those who have been waiting a long time for this new addition to the Shadowhunters series will be thrilled with the story brought to them by Clare and Chu.”

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Ardent was the word that Joshua Speed, Abraham Lincoln’s best friend, used to describe Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd.

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Shane was used to people asking if he was a boy or a girl. He was used to people sometimes assuming he was a girl because of his slender body and long blond hair.

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“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”

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“Sycamore seems to be forcing the reader to look at social injustices in a way that makes us realize the world is unfair.”

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“Castellani delivers a touching, and often eloquent dramatization of one of the most legendary gay couples in theatrical history.”

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“Feltman’s supreme ability to capture the emotional reality of her characters’ lives compels the reader forward. . . . a successful debut . . .”

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“It is a novel replete with the joy, cynicism, excitement, frustration, and other deep emotions that we often find accompanying any worthwhile, profound learning experience.”

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A Ladder to the Sky is not a book you want to love.

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