Fiction

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“the kind of story we used to watch at the Saturday Morning Movies, one we hate to see end, and one we’d like to have return again and again in a series of sequels just as funny, exciting,

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“well plotted and richly populated” 

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“J.D. and the Great Barber Battle is a refreshing slice of life about a small-town kid who discovers he’s gifted in unexpected ways. It’s a fun read.”

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“This story has more twists and turns than a corkscrew, and just when the reader thinks he’s figured it out, there’s one more turn of that screw.”

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“A gorgeous book with an inspiring point of view: treasure your uniqueness, your relationships, and your place in the world.”

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Dorthe Nors’ Wild Swims is a collection of 14 short stories written tightly and tensely, with most under a thousand words.

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A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, though billed as a novel, is a collection of vignettes and interrelated stories concerning various goddesses, nymphs, and mortal women connected in some

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“Those who value similar portrayals of place as character—as in Louise Penny’s Three Pines, for instance—will treasure A Fatal Lie and its Welsh backdrop.”

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“Comes the War is a powerful, vivid evocation of wartime London.”

The place is London, England. The year is 1944.

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“Dalton has created a page-turning thriller with undertones of contemporaneous, serious, societal, and academic issues.” 

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The short stories in Mary-Beth Hughes’ collection The Ocean House are linked, not by the titular manse—the last of the great seafront houses in Long Branch, New Jersey, its property covete

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“sure to be loved by The Wimpy Kid set, a fun mix of cartoons and text with just the right amount of middle-school angst.”

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“Pick up Exit if you’d like to sample a very new way of building a crime novel with an unusual pace. It has something of Jasper Fforde in the compiled coincidences.”

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“As all good mysteries, and especially thrillers, move toward the end, there is an exciting scene that concludes in a race between good and evil, and although we all know who wins in the en

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Evelyn Caldwell tells herself “I am not a monster,” but she may not believe it. Evelyn is a self-centered, work-obsessed woman who has devoted everything to her scientific career.

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“The STEM Night Disaster delivers on teaching kids not just about science but also about a scientific mindset.”

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Surely there are World War II novels that aren’t depressing, but this isn’t one of them.

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"chilling depictions of prewar naivete, the slowly tightening noose in the ghetto, and a murderous eruption of anti-Semitism in Ukraine”

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Written with harrowing intimacy in cadence and phrasing so poetically elegant as to be breathtaking, it sings of perseverance in the face of adversity . . .”

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Welcome back Liam Campbell, Alaska State Trooper. This fifth book of his adventures comes as the first since 2002.

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“Fiorito’s prose is magical, evocative, mesmerizing.”

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“Original, informative, suspenseful—the big three in a literary slam bang.”

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“Fast, thrilling, and full of intrigue, The Power Couple is a story that surprises to the very end.

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“a captivating story that leads to an emotional but satisfying bittersweet ending.”

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The Witch’s Heart is gripping, evocative, and alternatingly joyful and heart-breaking. Gornichec’s prose is lyrical and fierce, just like her protagonists.”

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