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Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives

An ideal overview of American violence that will pique the interest of general readers and provide high school students and undergraduates with an outstanding resource for reports and background research.

LGBTQ Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice

Paired with Sally Kuykendall’s Skewed Studies, this work provides everything one needs in designing and following through on LGBTQ research. A must for health science and social science majors, graduate students, faculty, and researchers.
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African American Culture: An Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs

Covering subjects that are frequently mentioned in contemporary discourse but not always fully explained (see, for instance, the informative entry on historically Black colleges and universities), this is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers.
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A History of What Comes Next

Neuvel’s intriguing first-contact story is set through centuries of manipulation and pursuit. It’s a promising start to what looks to be a dark and exciting trilogy.

The Burning God

An incredible end to this epic trilogy. Mixing historical parallels of Chinese history, the themes of war, politics, and colonialism are balanced with terrific, flawed characters and amazing worldbuilding.
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Persephone Station

This enjoyable and thrilling read features excellent worldbuilding and lively characterizations. The engaging crew and well-drawn plot will have readers hoping this will become a series.
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We Could Be Heroes

Chen’s (A Beginning at the End) writing wraps hard topics with heartfelt and humorous prose, creating a delightful novel of the steps and missteps of power, friendship, and trust.
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D (A Tale of Two Worlds)

Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), an award-winning writer of short stories, fiction, and nonfiction, has created a thoroughly engaging young adult crossover fantasy that occasionally breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the reader midstory. Clever and enjoyable, this Narnia-like work will delight any fantasy buff.
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The Children’s Train

Ardone’s first English-language translation is recommended to fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and for libraries where those are popular.
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All Girls

An important take on sexuality and #MeToo from the perspective of the young, including many references to pop culture and social media.

Big Girl, Small Town

With echoes of Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine crossed with the 1990s-set British sitcom Derry Girls, this debut is recommended for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, Emma Donoghue, and Sally Rooney.
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Hadley and Grace

Redfearn’s latest (after In an Instant) starts as a domestic drama but quickly morphs into an unexpected Thelma & Louise–style adventure. The quickly moving story and well-drawn characters will keep readers turning pages even if the madcap road chase and happy ending seem unlikely.

A Certain Hunger

You won’t soon forget Dorothy or her delicious insights, but fair warning: This book might turn you into a vegetarian, if you aren’t already. (Though as Dorothy herself acknowledges, “It’s surprisingly easy to overcome moral qualms, if you give in to the appetite.”)
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Land of Big Numbers

Told in a straightforward journalist’s style, Chen’s stories are filled with individuals facing hardships of varying degrees, with no happy endings to be found She delves into the human psyche to ponder just how far individuals will go tolerate duress. Not light reading, but this collection may be of interest to those looking for book group titles addressing the challenges of finding success, happiness, love, and contentment.
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The Orchard

Though Hopen presents a somewhat formulaic story of the journey from child to adult, he renders it compelling by inserting discussions of Jewish and other religious traditions and making mental health—or lack thereof

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

Seidule openly confronts his own indifference to racism, and this absorbing book will be of value to anyone interested in how history informs our present.
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All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion

A moving account of not just a seminal battle but the lasting effects on those waiting for decades to know what happened to their loved ones.
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Ruin and Renewal: Civilizing Europe After World War II

This eminently readable study thoroughly details how European nations sought to redefine and rebuild themselves in the postwar era. It’s indispensable reading for those seeking to better understand modern world affairs.
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Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Mixing memoir, civil rights history, and polemic, this blunt litany by Flowers delivers a call to action for all concerned about sustainable solutions to the shamefully inadequate environmental infrastructure, policies, and practices in the United States.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.
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Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility

This very detailed look at carefully crafted principles for organizations of any size to apply will appeal to fans of Susan David’s Emotional Agility.
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Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption

Scholars and lay readers alike will be enlightened and spurred to thought and discussion.
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Killer Triggers

True crime stories with all the gory details, both aided and stymied by the author’s insights.

Black Futures

A significant offering for its timely, accessible documentation of writing, artwork, and thought around Black lives and Black futurity.

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers.

The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government’s Greatest Humanitarian

A must read for anyone interested in humanitarian work, foreign policy, and biography.

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

This thoroughly researched work will engage anyone interested in military, social, and political history of Britain during World War II.

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

This riveting account will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of immigration and current U.S. policies.
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White Fright: The Sexual Panic at the Heart of America’s Racist History

This book makes a compelling argument that white America’s fear of interracial procreation was a driving concern in the creation and maintenance of segregation throughout the Jim Crow era; a thought-provoking read.
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Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis

This is a satisfying contribution to World War II scholarship, highlighting a sophisticated, cultured, and still grassroots resistance effort. Recommended for public libraries.
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Girl Gurl Grrrl: On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

This thought-provoking collection of ruminations from Black women on how they thrive and struggle in the complex world today is particularly relevant to this moment but will remain an important text for years to come.

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

While some of the material may be dense for non-classicists, there are many readers who will find the sections about how we tell and understand medical stories timely and important.
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Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell

Terrell is an understudied figure in American history, and this biography is well suited for scholars of history and women’s studies as well as aspiring agents of change.
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Nazi Wives: The Women at the Top of Hitler’s Germany

Recommended for readers of popular World War II history.
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Shipped

For fans of Helen Hoang and Sophie Kinsella, this charming romp at sea will make readers wish to stay with the characters well after the story’s end.
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Don’t Look

Although prolific Ivy’s (The Intended Victim) latest is formulaic, readers will still eagerly turn the pages to see if their suspicions about the killer’s identity are correct and to insure Kir and Lynne will find their happily ever after. The physical romantic scenes are few and far between, as the focus of the plot is on the emotional connection between the two main characters and the elements of suspense.
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Notorious

Spencer (“Outcasts” series) kicks off the “Rebels of the Ton” books with two Regency rebels trying to navigate polite society while staying true to themselves. Packed full of fiery exchanges and passionate embraces, this is for those who prefer their Regencies on the scandalous side.
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How To Fail at Flirting

With a deeper emotional punch than expected, Williams’s banter-filled romance makes her an author to watch.
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Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents

In this time full of tumult and unrest, statistics already show a sharp increase in mental health issues in children and adolescents, and parents will be looking for resources to help. Recommended for its practical insights and tips.
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The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

This book combines expertise with humble personal experience to show how modeling, believing in our children, and valuing learning instead of accolades will go a long way toward preventing addiction.
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Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices

Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this book provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.
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Impossible Parenting: Creating a New Culture of Mental Health for Parents

This will prove a helpful volume to parents in the trenches.
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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

Attenborough’s iconic sense of narration is present throughout this career biography and testimonial. Longtime devotees as well as newcomers will find much to learn about the man and his mission.
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The Science of James Smithson: Discoveries from the Smithsonian Founder

Seamlessly intertwined with information about scientific and social developments in Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including facts about important names in geology, chemistry, and mineralogy, this welcome guide will engage readers of science biographies and the history of science.
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Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places

Complete with instructions for reading, this book showcases some of Macfarlane’s most genre-defying work.
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The Last American Hero: The Remarkable Life of John Glenn

While Glenn and Nick Taylor’s biography John Glenn: A Memoir and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff offer more details about NASA and Glenn’s role in the Space Race, George provides interesting insights into the mark he left on American culture.
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The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans

A fascinating albeit chilling account of how human embryo engineering moved from the realm of sf to scientific fact. Recommended for anyone interested in the brave new world of genetic engineering technologies.
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The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

Offering a window into the world of medieval monks, this will appeal to lovers of scientific history.
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Black Hole Survival Guide

Recommended for nonscientists and those seeking to understand the cosmos better.

Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life’s Oldest Betrayal

Arney has successfully managed to wrangle a huge amount of complex information into one significant volume. Readers are given a vision of potentially powerful future treatments, as there is hope that strategies will evolve ahead of the rebel cells. Essential for medical and consumer health collections.

My House Is Killing Me! The Complete Guide to a Healthier Indoor Environment

Entertaining, not dryly technical, with illustrations throughout, this wide-ranging resource will be of interest to anyone concerned about indoor air quality and particularly those who live with allergies, and whose symptoms are worse in their homes.
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What We Didn’t Expect: Personal Stories About Premature Birth

Support groups often provide listening and understanding beyond what professionals can offer. When that sort of personal contact isn’t immediately available, a book such as this can serve as a close substitute. The elegance and honesty with which these writers share raw emotions and practical knowledge make it a valuable resource.
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Floral Embroidery: Create 10 Beautiful Modern Embroidery Projects Inspired by Nature

While the scope of this gorgeously photographed book is narrow, there is a wealth of easy-to-follow information for both novice and advanced embroiderers, who by carefully stitching along with Sturmer will soon find their homes blooming with colorful art.

Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters

An illuminating compilation and study of an American artistic treasure. This study is both a finely wrought biographical snapshot and an opportunity to sit in on conversations with one of the sharpest and most provocative minds of our time.
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Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture

A slight, unnecessary look at cultural divisions between a creator and his creations.

Dearly: New Poems

Atwood’s flare for precise metaphor in no way softens her delivery, as when she observes “We are a dying symphony.” Combining the wit of Dorothy Parker with the wisdom of Emily Dickinson, Atwood adds a steely grace and richness all her own. If there is beauty in despair, one may find it here.
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The South Never Plays Itself: A Film Buff’s Journey Through the South on Screen

Recommended for film buffs and those interested in a reflective, nonacademic examination of race and film.
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Beethoven: A Political Artist in Revolutionary Times

Kinderman’s exhaustive scholarship and fluid style combine with up-to-date references to issues such as systemic repression and other provocative topics, which should resonate with both academics and informed general readers.
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The Fall of America Journals, 1965–1971

Ably edited by Schumacher, this book provides a wealth of source material for researchers on Ginsberg’s life and work during this period.
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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Heartwarming and insightful in equal measure. For Parton fans.
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When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras

A multilensed view of a continually evolving and consistently vibrant art form. For gospel fans, music scholars, and scholars of African American history and culture generally.
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Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

Carlin’s spring-loaded narrative keeps the reader involved, and characterizing the empathetic side of some of the outsize personalities humanizes the Warner mythos. Record label books abound, but there has been little available about Warner itself or its sister companies since Warren Zanes’s Revolutions in Sound; Carlin’s title admirably fills that gap.
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ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History

Dasal takes all the best and most interesting parts of art history and puts them into a fun, easy read. This is perfect for art history beginners and experts alike.
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Musser, Elizabeth. Promised Land

There is a lot going on in this book, including an unusual plot and strong characterization. Faith elements are interwoven in a subtle but clear way. Fans of Michele Phoenix and Lauren K. Denton will appreciate this distinctive story of the human journey.

Unnatural Resources

This straightforward account of the trail of pillage, rape, and murder left by multinational companies dramatizes a recurrent archetype in literature about Africa, as well as an economic failing too rarely addressed. Therese’s shame in her dirty dress and her dignity as she treks across the land in search of her people make this novel a worthy contribution to the growing pool of migrant literature.
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The Transatlantic Book Club

Recommend this enjoyable family story to fans of the late Maeve Binchy.
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The Center of Everything

In this exquisitely nuanced, beautifully constructed novel, Harrison (“Jules Clement” mystery series) draws the reader into young Polly’s filtered understanding of her world, rich with happily married couples, vs. the uncertain reality of the adult Polly, coping with memory loss while slowly untangling shocking family secrets. A magnificent gem.

Miss Benson’s Beetle

Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) has written a delightful book filled with for whom characters readers will root. Margery finds herself again, after being buried by family and work troubles; Enid finds a friend and completes her own dream while in the wilderness of New Caledonia. Sure to be a hit with book clubs.
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City of a Thousand Gates

This ambitious, forceful debut novel, likely informed by Sacks’s years studying in Tel Aviv, personalizes with startling clarity the seemingly unsolvable conundrum that is the Middle East. This is a thinking reader’s book.
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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Mystery lovers, especially fans of Christie’s works, as well as those who enjoy period pieces, will find this an engrossing fictional answer to a real historical mystery.
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Other People’s Children

Hoffman’s debut is powerful with strong, well-developed characters. The decisions they must make are gut-wrenching, particularly those of Gail and Carli. The story takes turn after hairpin turn, moving into domestic suspense, that will have readers waiting with bated breath until the conclusion; even then, they’ll be left to wonder if there is more.
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The Other Mother

Dicks (Twenty-One Truths About Love) doesn’t seem concerned with medical accuracy, but it is doubtful that readers will mind too much as they laugh, cry, and cheer their way through this touching coming-of-age tale. For fans of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Andrew David MacDonald’s When We Were Vikings.
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The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks

Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges. She takes a deep look at the people behind the social media posts and the struggles that everyone, even the seemingly perfect, faces daily. Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.
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A Stranger at the Door

Pinter’s strong depictions of diverse types of love, respect, and loyalty resonate loudly in this nail-biter novel.
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The Sentinel

Longtime fans will be satisfied with this straightforward adventure filled with familiar Reacherisms and more depth. He even acquires a cell phone, briefly. Those who enjoy Grant’s “David Trevellyan” series will also enjoy this book. It’s fun—but also difficult—to try to discern which brother wrote what.
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Untraceable

Though readers will be disappointed if they expect a fast-paced cat-and-mouse chase, Lebedev’s rich and ruminative writing raises important questions about the ethics and personal costs of perpetrating anonymous mass murder.

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Shed No Tears

Frear creates an atmosphere of tension among the detectives and witnesses and in Cat’s personal life that will make readers want to devour this mystery in one sitting.
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Murder at the Bake Sale

Crime abounds in a mystery with a ripped-from-the-headlines political angle and a surprising turn in the personal lives of both sleuths. With a diverse cast of characters, including Sandra’s gay son, and the unusual political/school angles, the sequel to Murder at the PTA sets itself apart from most cozies.
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Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World

Despite the lack of careful editing, especially in the African and Buddhism chapters, these generally nuanced, in-depth, and wide-ranging volumes should benefit postgraduates and general readers alike.
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The Handy Western Philosophy Answer Book: The Ancient Greek Influence on Modern Understanding

Although the language is lucid, these complex philosophies are explicated rather than simplified, and math and abstract concepts make this work more challenging than other “Handy” offerings. Motivated readers will find the subject admirably expounded.

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Cyber Warfare: A Documentary and Reference Guide.

Conveniently providing primary sources with clear, pertinent analysis, this volume will be useful to students, policymakers, and even interested nonspecialists.

Remote Control

This compelling novella is Africanfuturism sf at its best.

Colonyside

The third “Planetside” novel (after Spaceside) is a story that lives in the universe-weary voice of its protagonist. It is highly recommended for readers who like their heroes cynical, their mystery twisted, and their sf thought-provoking.
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Black Buck

Worthy evidence of potential yet to be fulfilled, and we look forward to the time that potential is realized.

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How We Go Home: Voices from Indigenous North America

A seminal collection of perspectives that are often unheard or overlooked, this work deserves a broad audience.

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Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy

O’Neill is a talented writer, and this powerful meditation on collective memory is necessary reading for knowing ourselves and our history.

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Busted Synapses

A superb example of dystopian, cyberpunk f lash fiction that echoes William Gibson’s Neuromancer, this volume may be slim but it packs a punch. Satifka (A Punk Rock Future) magnificently weaves an in-depth world that is entirely believable (and possible) and that is a fast, but great, read. Readers of dystopian sf will especially love this irreverent take on the darker side of the virtual world and the move toward transhumanism.

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Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance

While there may be an audience for this, it is not a book that will have wide appeal. This novel caters to readers who enjoy hard sf in its most literal interpretation by including scientific theories and jargon that may not be accessible to average readers. The format and its reliance on footnotes to explain key elements is another drawback. But the chief issue is its complicated worldbuilding and thin plot, which all but ensures that only advanced readers of the genre may want this book.
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Learned Behaviors

Ellis (Jeremiah) delivers a satisfying, sensual queer Black romance and happily ever after for two men struggling to balance career obligations and familial responsibilities. This will hit home for many readers, who will rejoice in seeing the characters build a fulfilling relationship in the midst of chaos.
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All the Colors of Night

Krentz’s second “Fogg Lake” entry (after The Vanishing) offers her typical romantic suspense heavily dosed with heightened mental abilities and can read as a stand-alone, although characters from the first book make appearances. Fans will enjoy the Easter eggs sprinkled throughout referencing the Jones brothers from Krentz’s popular “Arcane Society” series. Recommended for where the author is popular.
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Our Last Goodbye

Against the backdrop of World War II, this complex romance is the perfect example of how the right person will accept another’s flaws unconditionally. Fans of Dickson’s (The Orphan Sisters) earlier books will recognize familiar characters but need not have read those previous works in any particular order to enjoy this latest stand-alone.
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Tall, Duke, and Dangerous

A captivating second in the “Hazards of Dukes” series (after Never Kiss a Duke). Frampton deftly handles heavy subjects of abuse and neglect without ever losing the light of her characters’ spirits or tamping down the steamy, slow-burn romance. Ana Marie’s Cinderellaesque rise and banter with the notoriously taciturn Nash will enthrall readers of Eva Leigh’s “Union of the Rakes” series.

Gentleman Jim

Best-selling author of the “Victorian Romantics” series, Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance, filled with scheming and betrayals, and featuring a courageous heroine in fragile health paired with a hero bent on retribution who isn’t too good to be true.
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Second Chance on Cypress Lane

Ryan’s (Secret Heir Seduction) sweet and promising introduction to her new “Holly Grove Island” series is sure to warm readers up during the long winter. Dexter and Dakota’s second chance at love is absorbing and will be a welcome addition to the ever-favorite staple of big romances in small-town settings.
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Raising Your Spirited Baby: A Breakthrough Guide to Thriving When Your Baby Is More—Alert and Intense and Struggles To Sleep

Sure to be a landmark book, Kurcinka’s well-researched advice may just be a sanity and sleep saver for new parents.

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Behind the Bears Ears: Exploring the Cultural and Natural Histories of a Sacred Landscape

This splendidly crafted book will appeal to regional specialists and general readers.
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Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

Anyone interested in the early days of space exploration will be drawn to this fast-paced, accessible book.

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Modern Fabric: Twenty-Five Designers on Their Inspiration and Craft

Not a “how-to” or technical presentation but an exploration into the creative lives of contemporary fabric designers. This should appeal to quilters, sewers, and designers, both hobbyists and professionals.

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The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

There is something for everybody here, and since the writings are short, it is a perfect companion for moments of waiting. Because all of Brevity’s essays, and some additional resources, are free online, the anthology makes a useful tool for both teaching flash nonfiction and learning how to write it.
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The Way of Bach: Three Years with the Man, the Music, and the Piano

For the serious music lover and anyone seeking answers to some essential questions about art and music.

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