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A Conversation with Jo Baker, author of The Body Lies

The Promise of Endless Variety | Romance, July 2019

World War II in Focus | History, June 2019

Getting Ready for ALA Annual, Jun. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Jun. 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

Get Your 2019 ALA Galley & Signing Guide

Page To Screen, June 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Darkdawn

Readers who enjoyed the first two books will not be disappointed by this dark, addictive story that contains coarse language and plenty of sexual content. [See Prepub Alert, 3/17/19.]
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The Cruel Stars

Continual space battle action, despicable enemies, tight corners, and plucky heroines enliven the story, though one-dimensional characters, improbable last-minute saves, and familiar tropes weaken it. For larger collections; space opera lovers will enjoy a fast and reasonably exciting read.
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Betrayal in Time

Despite some awkward use of 21st-century jargon, this is an entertaining mystery with considerable period detail and a touch of romance. Fans of historical mysteries with strong female characters, such as Rhys Bowen’s “Molly Murphy” series or Laurie King’s “Mary Russell” books will enjoy.

Lock Every Door

Likable characters, great writing, just enough twists, and a Rosemary’s Baby vibe will make this a summer hit. Purchase for Stephen King and Gillian Flynn fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Rabbits for Food

Kirshenbaum has excelled at capturing one woman’s disturbing mental illness and the daily struggles to cope with survival even in a setting that supposedly offers support and rehabilitation. Drawing parallels to Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes easily because of the similar setting and a cast of characters supporting the main character. Recommended.

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The Safe House

The lengthy setup in this second installment of “The Black Market” series may have readers yawning until Swinson’s trademark violence finally explodes.

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Breathe In, Cash Out

While the heavy use of business and yoga jargon slows things down, the wit that pervades Allegra’s search for #bliss and the requisite quirky supporting cast make this a fab read for chick lit fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

The Last Book Party

Part coming of age, part gossipy peek into the enclave of writers, editors, poets, and artists who annually escaped the heat of Boston and New York to talk, drink, and work on Cape Cod, this seminostalgic debut is the ideal summer read for book people. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

Home Remedies: Stories

Wang’s stories are funny, generous, and surprising as they introduce a youthful demographic that is growing worldwide. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.

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Where We Come From

Cásares, a Brownsville native and University of Texas associate professor of creative writing, delivers this third book (after the story collection Brownsville and novel Amigoland), a timely and sensitive examination of U.S.–Mexico border issues as illuminated by the backstories of major and minor characters.

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The Capital

The tension between a supranational European vision and a rising tide of nationalism is at the center of this trenchant political satire. Given that increasing nationalism is not a strictly European phenomenon, this German Book Prize winner may well find an audience on this side of the Atlantic. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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The Marriage Clock

This charming and humorous novel will appeal to a wide audience and should be an excellent fit for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Kwok’s tightly woven novel is an emotional and thrilling page-turner that also provides insight into her Asian culture. A major change of pace for Kwok; readers who enjoyed the work of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl should appreciate. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/18.]

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Cygnet

Brimming with powerful and sometimes raw emotions, occasional glimmers of hope, and solid descriptive writing and character development, Butler’s debut intertwines multiple themes to create a thoughtful coming-of-age story and a young adult’s pursuit for adventure in a new locale and the eventual face-to-face dance with mortality, not just the elderly. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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Home Improvement: A Love Story

Lain (“Love in Laguna” series) writes a tender hidden-identity romance with appeal for fans of Heidi Cullinan, Alexis Hall, or Annabeth Albert. Recommended for all libraries.
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The Trouble with Cowboys

James (Christmas with the Sheriff) has delivered a delightful cast of small-town characters who will have readers wanting to visit Wishing River again. This charming title is for fans of hot cowboys and sweet romances.
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A Love Like Yours

Readers who appreciate seeing their couples struggle to grow up and grab their HEA while overcoming difficult circumstances will need tissues as Sam and Lucy fight their way back to each other.
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Butterfly in Frost

Fans of Day’s “Crossfire” series will relish this subtle and emotional companion piece and its unflinching look at depression and loss. However, the novella’s abrupt twist of an ending and point-of-view shift feels a little out of left field and might leave some readers wishing that this story could have been fleshed out more in a full-length novel.
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Nothing But Trouble

With a charming secondary romance for Wade’s brother Wyatt, contemporary echoes of Western mail-order-bride schemes, and a small farming community filled with quirky characters, this series opener will appeal to fans of small-town romance and anyone who enjoys a “falling for the boss” story.
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Just One of the Groomsmen

While the opening views on gender may be problematic to some, the way Addison reclaims herself will have readers rooting for the sassy heroine and charming ex-lawyer. The small-town atmosphere will make readers feel like coming home.
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Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

Fans of Gondelman will find these stories delightful, and readers unfamiliar with his comedy will still discover a connection to a nice guy making a nice try.

Four Friends: Promising Lives Cut Short

Cohan is a masterful biographer, even if the occasional slip into armchair cultural anthropologist misses the mark. His detailed research spans newspaper accounts and school records to weave a full narrative of privilege and tragedy.

New Bestsellers, June 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

An engaging read for both teens and adults interested in satellite remote sensing and other technologies as well as archaeology. They will learn some intriguing things about civilizations in the process.

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The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

A fitting celebration and remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France and Paris. Recommended for readers of military history.

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How To Read the Constitution and Why

People of all political persuasions will benefit from this book, especially with a battle looming between Congress and the president in the coming months. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]

Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

Highly recommended for readers interested in American history, especially those wishing to understand better the influence of capitalism, religion, and petroleum in the creation of America’s 20th-century ascendency and many 21st-century political dynamics.

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Healing All Creation: Genesis, the Gospel of Mark, and the Story of the Universe

Connell and Bartholomew spend comparatively little time with either Mark or Genesis, relying instead on the silences of the linked narratives. While useful for storytelling, this technique risks importing, rather than exploring, meanings. This presentation of ecotheology might interest casuals reader, but serious students might find it distracting.

When Poets Pray

Will appeal to religious readers who might be reticent to read poetry as well as those who enjoy it. Strongly recommended for all libraries.

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America’s Religious Wars: The Embattled Heart of Our Public Life

Those interested in American religious and political history and religious and cultural wars will find this book to be highly informative.

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The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning

With charming sketches of the various mushrooms Woon encounters, this moving memoir explores one woman’s journey through grief and will please fans of personal narratives as well as those who may be interested in mushroom foraging.

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code

Fascinating reading from start to finish. Benjamin’s work is ideal for anyone who is unafraid to look at the historical intersections of racial injustice, technology, and where these topics inform possible solutions for the future.

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Love: A Discovery in Comics

De Heer’s lighthearted but comprehensive touch on both micro-and macrovisions of love make this entry into the “Discovery” series a treat for almost any curious reader. [Previewed in Ingrid Bohnenkamp’s Graphic Spotlight, “Mass Appeal,” LJ 6/19, p. 38.]
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Liege-Killer: The Graphic Novel

Recommended for libraries where Hinz’s “Paratwa Trilogy” is popular or where patrons request.

The Forbidden Harbor

From the married creative team of writer Radice (Disney Fairies) and artist Turconi (“Agatha: Girl of Mystery” series) comes a tale that’s far from forbidding. Radice’s flowing prose and Turconi’s fanciful pen invite even the utterly uninitiated to delve into the delight of a sailor’s tale.

Rumor Mill

The Friend Zone

Notes on Nature

The Space Race

Spy Games

The Simpsons at 30

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Summer Thrillers, June 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Laughing While Reading, June 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Collecting Mental Health | Mental Wellness Management

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Making the Make Book | BookExpo 2019

LJ's ALA Galley & Signing Guide - 2019

Olaf Olafsson, Jeff VanderMeer, Niall Williams: Literary Fiction Previews, Dec. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

End-of-Year Thrillers: Fiction Previews, Dec. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

End-of-Year History: Nonfiction Previews, Dec. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Editors' Picks | Day of Dialog 2019

Women Have Their Say | Day of Dialog 2019

Thriller Quest | Day of Dialog 2019

In the News | Day of Dialog 2019

Top Fiction Debuts | Day of Dialog 2019

Fiction Makes History | Day of Dialog 2019

Community Reads | Day of Dialog 2019

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The Graphic Format: Picture the Possibilities | Day of Dialog 2019

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, June 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Register for LJ's ALA Galley & Signing Guide - 2019

A Conversation with Julie Kibler, author of Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Global Library Perspectives, Information Literacy, Campus Outreach | Professional Reading, May 2019

Advice for Single Parents, Dads of Daughters, Camp Grandma, Raising an Organized Child, & More | Parenting, May 2019

Framing Devices: Photography Titles Merge Fact with Fiction, Reality and Illusion

Van Gogh's Life & Works | Fine Arts, June 2019

Graphic Novels from Beeby/Kristantina, Bendis/Reis, Casey/Marra, DeForge, Gropper, Rosa, Seth, & More | June 2019

Page to Screen, Jun. 7, 2019 | Book Pulse

Tayari Jones Wins the Women's Prize for Fiction, plus New Bestsellers, Jun. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Ayesha at Last

There’s an overabundance of Pride and Prejudice retellings, but few are as thoughtful and creative as this stellar debut from an author to watch. Jalaluddin takes a familiar plot and transforms it into a contemporary #ownvoices romance that is fresh, insightful, and thoroughly modern. The story of Ayesha and Khalid will leave readers swooning, but it will also get them thinking.

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The Book Charmer

This heartwarming story by Hawkins (“MacLean Curse” and “Hurst Amulet” series) will delight fans of cozy romantic fiction with its quirky characters and charming small town.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

Like a 19th-century avatar, Fitch gives a 360-degree view of the suffering caused by the Bolsheviks’ consolidation of power and tells a long and sweeping story without wasting a word. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]
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Evvie Drake Starts Over

Holmes’s (host, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) debut is charming, funny, and warmhearted and will please fans of Jasmine Guillory and Maria Semple.

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Supper Club

Williams’s first novel (after the short story collection A Selfie as Big as the Ritz) delivers a poignant tale of a woman finding her place in the world as she approaches the big three-oh. An homage to female rage and the bonds of friendship, this will entice readers like a gourmet feast and leave them just as satisfied.

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Give Up the Ghost

Libraries where paranormal romances are popular should add this series.
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Twice in a Blue Moon

With a then-and-now plot similar to Lauren’s Love and Other Words, the writing duo’s latest has a youthful voice that may be a good fit for fans of new adult romances.
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One Little Secret

Holahan’s latest stand-alone (after Lies She Told) is a great beach read for those with a penchant for scandalous secrets and gossipy, suspenseful mysteries.
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Girls Like Us

This fast-paced psychological thriller by Alger (The Banker’s Wife) will intrigue mystery readers as they shadow Nell’s precarious quest for the truth at all costs, despite the consequences. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

The Warehouse

Highly recommended for dystopian fiction fans. The film rights have Ron Howard associated, which will pique more interest.
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Death in a Desert Land

As in the beloved Agatha Christie novels, a large cast of characters and many red herrings keep readers guessing. A strong sense of place and a thoughtful protagonist add interest. For readers of classic mysteries and, of course, Christie’s legions of fans.
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On a Quiet Street

Every suspect, along with Antelope and Dr. Pepper, takes a turn telling a version of the story. The accounts and short chapters break up the narrative, making it choppy and sometimes hard to follow. Overall, this might be too disjointed a read for most.
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Murder in Bel-Air

Readers will enjoy the exciting trip through Paris and the colorful characters who turn up along the way in this latest page-turner from Black that will make readers want to hop the next flight to the City of Light. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]

The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration

Foodies, gardeners, and those who wish to push their own taste buds are encouraged to embrace the anthropomorphizing of okra and take a deep dive into its many possibilities. Readers will be inspired by this work’s cultural context, growing tips, and recipes from highly acclaimed author interviewees such as Leah Penniman (Farming While Black), Sandor Katz (Wild Fermentation), and Marcus Samuelsson (The Soul of a New Cuisine).

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Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds

This unique memoir will likely appeal to fans of personal medical writing and narratives.

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Waffen-SS: Hitler’s Army at War

Despite these drawbacks, this book may find a home among dedicated readers of military history.

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When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History

Hayoun’s debut memoir offers a new perspective on world affairs and will be appreciated by readers interested in family histories told through personal narratives.

How To Self-Publish Your Book: A Complete Guide to Writing, Editing, Marketing & Selling Your Own Book

With self-publishing an increasingly common option for writers today, it would be hard to imagine a more useful and easy-to-follow guide than this comprehensive volume. Highly recommended to everyone hoping to self-publish a book that won’t look self-published.

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The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India’s Quest for Independence

While the details can get tedious as the story unfolds, this book is recommended for fans of Anand’s previous works, biographies of political assassins, and histories of British-controlled India.

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Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom

Recommended for popular culture and behavioral economics readers.

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Begin the Begin: R.E.M.’s Early Years

Lurie’s investigation of R.E.M.’s beginnings challenges established myths about the group that will interest fans, and provides a valuable history of Athens’s arts scene in the early 1980s, when R.E.M shared the spotlight with bands such as Pylon, Side Effects, and Love Tractor.

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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women

Recommended for readers seeking a new look at this much-loved classic, the source of Alcott’s inspiration, and how contemporary authors have seen themselves evolve over time.

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Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly

Individuals who have experienced abuse may want to avoid this book entirely. For readers interested in the cult of celebrity, the life of R. Kelly, true crime, journalism, and the #MeToo movement.

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Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History

Moore is a die-hard fan, and it shows in this lovingly crafted book. Alert readers will notice the lack of textual criticism; however, Family Guy’s fanbase will find this freakin’ sweet.

The Soul of Power

An excellent and exciting conclusion to an outstanding romantic fantasy trilogy. Sophy is as intriguing and complex a hero as Elanna and Jahan (The Memory of Fire), while the secondary characters remain just as well drawn. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]
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Rotherweird

Some readers may find playwright Caldecott’s debut worth reading for originality and inventiveness, but others might find it difficult or baffling.
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