Liz French

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Isolation Consolation | What We’re Reading, Watching, Doing

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My Life as a Villainess: Essays

Fans of Lippman’s novels (The Lady in the Lake) and her Twitter followers will gobble up this short collection and beg for more nonfiction from this gifted storyteller. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Final Draft: The Collected Work of David Carr

This collection will make readers wish Carr was still here to share his observations. A must for aspiring journalists and fans of Carr who want to read more of his award-winning reporting.
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Have You Seen Me?

White spends much time describing fancy apartments and houses, what characters are wearing, what they eat and drink, some of which her readers expect and enjoy, but in this outing it tends to slow down the narrative Still, White’s ability to write realistic characters and twisty plots make this worthwhile. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/19.]
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Broken

Fans of the author will eat up these neat, taut, action-packed stories, told in staccato sentences and one-line paragraphs. Newcomers to Winslow’s world will hope to see more of Lubesnick—or almost any of the characters still standing after the stories end.

Coping in Times of COVID-19 | What We're Reading, Watching, Playing

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Are Snakes Necessary?

De Palma and Lehman stuff their book with cinematic tropes, unrealistic characters, and predictable plot twists, but somehow it’s still an overall exciting read.
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Bowie’s Bookshelf: The Hundred Books That Changed David Bowie’s Life

With illustrations and suggestions for read-alikes and Bowie songs to listen to while reading each book, this is a fun peek at what stirred and shaped a legend. For Bowie fans and devotees of offbeat reading guides.
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Eight Perfect Murders

The wintry New England setting and eerily cool narration, together with trust-no-one twists and garish murders, will satisfy thriller readers; fans of classic mysteries by Agatha Christie, Ira Levin, and John D. MacDonald will enjoy how Swanson (Before She Knew Him) repurposes the plots. While you may not warm to Malcolm, you’ll stay to the finish of this one. [See Prepub Alert, 8/25/19.]

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