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The Wonder Test

Richmond’s (The Marriage Pact) latest is a two-in-one winner: a gripping thriller set in a Stepford-esque California suburb, and a story of surviving loss and building family bonds. With a realistic protagonist, well-described setting, and an uber-creepy villain, it will please readers who like their stories with action and heart in equal measure.

The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It

A fascinating international glimpse of Earth’s last frontier that will draw in readers concerned for the health of our oceans.

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England

Expertly blending history and true crime, this is an essential read for anyone wanting to understand modern Irish history. Kavanagh’s writing is engaging from start to finish.

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When the Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America

Johnson supports his argument with a mix of stories, both personal and historical, which brings a personal aspect to a work that can be academic at times. While the book covers the same territory as recent works by Isabel Wilkerson and Ibram X. Kendi, Johnson’s particular point-of-view makes his call to action feel like a patriotic duty.
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Resistance

Thought-provoking elements fail to cohere in this underwhelming graphic novel.
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Transient Desires

Brunetti continues to delight, and this will do well in libraries where the series has proved popular.
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The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance

Standout narrative nonfiction that will engage bibliophiles and readers who enjoy historical nonfiction.
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The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware

O’Donnell has made a career of shedding light on underreported yet interesting incidents in American wars, but his writing often veers into hagiography. This book will attract Revolutionary War enthusiasts, but it pales in comparison to Winning Independence, by John Ferling, which offers a comprehensive look at pivotal moments of the war.
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Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home

Overall, this fascinating, sometimes brutal, and in a few minor instances, rambling narrative will grasp the attention of readers interested in the Holocaust and modern German history.
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