Fiction

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Quantic holds the pacing taut and sustains the tension for 270 pages before finally revealing the truth.

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It is the summer of 1993 and 23-year-old Mallory Blessing is desperate to get away from her Baltimore childhood home.

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“revenge, like love and death, comes at inopportune times.”

When Caleb and Shelby Bentley’s mother dies, Shelby hatches a plan of revenge.

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“Reality isn’t what it appears to be. Our perception of reality is a construction of the brain, and science is achieving what decades ago seemed impossible.”

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Readers will find Zadie Smith’s short story collection a mixed bag with a few interesting bits and pieces, and a few good short works.

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“an engaging story, full of wit, more than an occasional tongue-in-cheek statement, and a great deal of fact.”

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“an image of a proud man who gave in to the wishes of his people to reunite them with their families and suffered the ignominy of becoming a prisoner in his own land . . .”

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“Focusing on estrangement, abuse, forgiveness, and a chance for new beginnings, The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season is sure to tug at the heartstrings.” 

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“Traveling Kate’s journey with her offers insightful experience many readers will relate to, expressed through some delightfully snappy prose.”

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“Spain lays out a good story plot and every clue follows a path to the end of the story with no deviations, no short cuts, just good detective work.”

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Robert Reich’s new work, The System, offers a wide-ranging critique of our nation’s contemporary political and economic ills.

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“Undercard is a good crime novel and a solid debut for David Albertyn.”

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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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“With affable characters intelligently written, it is the world-building that sets this book apart from the usual fare.”

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“This lovely picture book is a great addition to any storytime.

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“a shadowy fairy tale, in which two lovers, of which one, unfortunately, is dead, live in an enchanted house inhabited with wondrously quirky beings.”

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In the second of The Locked Tomb Trilogy books, Harrowhark Nonagesimus returns, having successfully consumed her cavalier and ascended to Lyctorhood. Well, almost successfully.

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“If Carlos Manuel Alvarez’s debut novel The Fallen is any indicator, he is a Cuban writer to watch.”

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You spend the night cuddling with your husband and wake up the next morning to find him gone having left a note saying, "Lily, I can't do this anymore. You deserve more than what I can give you.

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“The suspense of Eagle Station lies in how each detailed flight maneuver in air or space will turn out, and who’ll walk away with few enough injuries to survive—and return to Earth

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The Gordons of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, spend every summer at the century-old saltbox passed down from Ed Gordon's grandparents.

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“If Jin Yong’s story continues to grow richer as it progresses, by the end it will pack an impressive punch.”

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And I Do Not Forgive You is uneven, but where it shines, it’s wonderful.”

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Compelling. Hilarious. Poignant.”

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“This book is quite entertaining. It is literally a page-turner and a very successful whodunnit.”

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