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Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen

A solid choice for fans of flavorful Israeli cuisine or Middle Eastern food in general. Suggest with Leah Koenig’s encyclopedic The Jewish Cookbook, which includes a broad view of historical Jewish food.

Lateral Cooking: One Dish Leads to Another

A joy for any serious cook.
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No Gluten, No Problem Pizza: 75+ Recipes for Every Craving—from Thin Crust to Deep Dish, New York to Naples

Recommended for anyone gluten-free as well as pizza lovers who will enjoy experimenting with the dozen or so flours used.
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The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff

Those looking for a deep dive into managing overcollecting and cluttering, as well as changing patterns of thought that lead to such behavior, will be drawn to Stone’s guidance.
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The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Easy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Pressure Cooker, or Multi-Cooker

This handy resource offers many ideas and strategies for making your own baby food.
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The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low

This well-researched book is as much a history of NASA as a biography of George Low, and as such is an important contribution to the history of the agency. Jurek’s detailed book will appeal to both fans and scholars of NASA and of the engineers like who make the agency’s spaceflights work.
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Sushi Modoki: The Japanese Art and Craft of Vegan Sushi

A welcome title for those with even a passing interest in plant-based culinary options.
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Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking

More than a cookbook, this collections of recipes offers an excellent starting point for anyone interested in African American culinary history.
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Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

A clever, amusing book about some of life’s more serious problems; highly recommended.
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America’s Test Kitchen Twentieth Anniversary TV Show Cookbook: Best-Ever Recipes from the Most Successful Cooking Show on TV

Despite some flaws, this volume would be helpful for home cooks interested in honing their techniques and building upon a base repertoire of recipes.
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Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle To Save the Florida Panther

This sometimes disheartening, but ultimately hopeful, exploration of how the Florida panther recovered against the odds will appeal to those who enjoy reading about wildlife and endangered species.
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Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What It Teaches Us About Being Human

A well-written, carefully researched book that should be of vital interest to potential parents and their friends and families.
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Two Peas & Their Pod Cookbook: Favorite Everyday Recipes from Our Family Kitchen

For home cooks looking to expand their repertoire and/or host a low-stakes gathering.
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Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Grafton’s compelling exploration of the relationship between the body and the mind is recommended for anyone interested in the workings of the brain.
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American Birds: A Literary Companion

An enjoyable anthology for naturalists, especially birders, and those who enjoy literature.
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Transcendence: How Humans Evolved through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time

An engaging, well-researched book for anyone curious about the development of humanity as approached through a social lens.
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How To Dress an Egg: Surprising and Simple Ways To Cook Dinner

This collection of varied and delicious suggestions for dressing up basic key recipes is recommended for home cooks looking to add some flair to their meals.
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Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights

An incredibly comprehensive resource for readers seeking a look at women’s history that diverges from what is typically taught in school.

Lupus

Peeters is a compositional genius, utilizing stunning swaths of negative space and thick fields of inky darkness that imbue nearly every panel on every page of this volume with dynamism and pathos.

Holy Hannah

Dinksi (Trying Not To Notice) borrows heavily from the life of charismatic cult leader Jim Jones and the tragic events at Jonestown to create commentary on social media and the dangers of group think, illustrated in a deceptively simple cartooning style that makes the inevitable tragic ending truly jarring.
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The Man Without Talent

While the opening chapters deliver a portrait of an artist’s ennui, later scenes depicting Sukesawa’s interactions with the owner of a bird store and a bookseller in his village reveal that Tsgue’s (Nejishiki) actual interest lies in a withering dissection of male entitlement in a rapidly changing society.

Street Angel: Deadliest Girl Alive

Unimpressed at meeting Santa Claus but ebullient while serving out a prison sentence, Jesse is a scrappy yet supremely confident spitfire with appeal to readers of all ages.

No Longer Human

If the internationally acclaimed master of horror Ito (Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection) seems at first a strange choice to adapt Dazai’s 1948 novel, his skill for stories mixing existential dread, body horror, and nightmarishly surreal imagery quickly prove him matched to the material. This unsparingly intense vision of life as a journey through hell, reminiscent of Dostoyevsky and Kafka, just might be Ito’s magnum opus.
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The House

Celebrated Spanish creator Roca’s (Twist of Fate) cartoonishly drawn characters are juxtaposed against highly detailed backgrounds, showcasing the strange dislocation they feel inhabiting a space that ought to feel much more like home in this melancholy and deeply sympathetic meditation on sibling dynamics and the role memory plays in the grieving process. [Note: a simultaneously released Spanish-language edition is also available from the publisher.
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Swimming in Darkness

Harari’s adept skills as a storyteller are elevated even further by his talents as a designer with a strong sense of color, as pleasantly round, cartoonish characters wander angular planes and inhabit a world filled with warm, glowing red rooms and grainy, foreboding purple skies.

Inappropriate

Memoir and fiction stand side by side, often in the same story, in this frequently hilarious, occasionally melancholy collection that affirms Bell’s status as one of the best cartoonists of her generation.

Making Comics

An engaging combination of how-to and why-you-must, perfect for Barry superfans, budding cartoonists, and anyone with a story itching to be told. [See the author interview, p. 77.]
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Blade Runner 2019. Vol. 1

This first chapter in an ongoing series that promises to bridge the gap between the classic 1982 film and the 2017 sequel from coauthors Green (Blade Runner 2049) and Johnson (Star Trek vs. Transformers) and artist Guinaldo (Justice League Dark) cleverly captures the tone of the source material while thrillingly expanding the scope of the larger world only hinted at in the films, resulting in the rare licensed title that feels essential instead of perfunctory.
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Bradley of Him

Willumsen pokes fun at the vapidity of celebrity culture and seems interested in satirizing a particularly American sense of entitlement, but ultimately he obscures whatever point he has in mind in favor of remaining willfully, and fascinatingly, perplexing.

Spider-Man: Life Story

A fantastic collection suggesting that Peter Parker, even more than his spandex-clad alter ego, is actually one of the greatest comic book characters of all time.

Dreamland

This fast-paced, engrossing novel from Bilyeau (“Joanna Stafford” mysteries) gives readers an up-close and personal view of New York’s Gilded Age, from the flash and glamour of the decadently wealthy to the hardscrabble conditions of newly arrived immigrants.
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Wendy Carlos: A Biography

Sewell’s nuanced biography of an overlooked composer is our best look yet at this groundbreaking artist, and a reminder that art can and should speak for itself.

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

On par with Wasson’s exceptional Fosse, this portrait of a neonoir classic will weave a spell over cinephiles.
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In Five Years

The story has a strong New York setting and sympathetic characters. Emotional hooks alongside moments of humor and self-awareness will remind readers of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You or Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]
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On the Corner of Hope and Main

Readers new to the series may grow confused with characters from earlier volumes popping into scenes without backstory. Jenkins’s easygoing tale takes time to warm up to its somewhat exciting ending, which promises another addition to the series. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]
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The German House

Fans of Kate Quinn will enjoy this historical fiction tale for the strong female character and rich details. Recommended for additional purchase, as there are better historical fiction choices.tate Lib., Argos
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Among Others: Blackness at MoMA

Fans, students, and scholars of art, art history, museum studies, and black studies will learn something new from this important text.Höfer, Candida
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Revolution in Black and White: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era

A visual documentary and an insider’s perspective of the civil rights movement, and a timely glimpse into the modern history of racial injustice in America.

The Secret Guests

This elegant novel will satisfy all readers who appreciate a good story, well told. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]
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Adequate Yearly Progress

This novel provides an entertaining and humane story of what it’s like to teach high school. Already a hit with teachers when it was self-published in 2018, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys humorous workplace narratives.
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Saving God from Religion: A Minister’s Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age

More conversational than theological, Meyers reveals a God that is expansive, mysterious, and immediate. This book will appeal to those who enjoy popular, probing works on religion.
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Rocket Man: The Life of Elton John

Whether readers have been listening to Elton John since Goodbye Yellow Brick Road or know him only from the film Rocketman, they’ll find this a comprehensive biography, infused with a satisfying dose of dishy gossip.
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Mama Hissa’s Mice

Unfortunately, the social disorder experienced by the main characters is mirrored in the plot, complicating an already complex story, and uneven pacing detracts from the novel’s exploration into whether friendships can overcome generations of religious and ethnic differences. No match for Alsanousi’s well-received debut.

Remembrance

This book deserves to be a breakout hit. Woods’s magical realist take on the black female experience will have huge appeal to readers of Marlon James and Tara Conklin.

Conjure Women

Atakora effectively handles the before-during-and-after structure, enriching her story. If its center is the vibrant Rue, the entire community finally feels like the main character. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/19.]
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Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Chock-full of approachable and engaging critical analyses, this work will pique the curiosity of both Shakespeareans and anyone interested in American culture. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]

American Dirt

Here, it’s the journey rather than the arrival on American dirt that counts, and readers will wonder whether they could ever have survived such a trek even as they realize that this could happen to them. An important book. [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/19.]
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Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster

The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.
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Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice

A well-written introduction to the Transcendentalists and a complement to Philip Gura’s more idea-driven American Transcendentalism.
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Holly Banks Full of Angst

Perfect for fans of Laurie Gelman’s “Class Mom” series and the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

Recommended for those who appreciate popular approaches to religious studies and anyone curious about their final destination.
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Westering Women

Though the dialog can be stilted at times, Dallas (The Bride’s House) has written an engaging historical fiction about the strength of women in times of adversity. Though the women were all intended to be brides, we see each as much more than her connection to a man
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No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing

Foreman fans and those who remember his Rumble in the Jungle will enjoy this adept look at the champion’s life inside the ring.

Long Bright River

In her fourth novel (following The Unseen World), Rome Prize–winning author Moore blends the reality of today’s deadly opioid crisis with a complicated family dynamic to create an intense mystery with stunning twists and turns. Impossible to put down, impossible to forget. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/19.]
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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder

Doyle imparts a sense of breathless curiosity and joy in this blend of spirituality and philosophy; probing readers will find surprises and solace..
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And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges

Each story is vivid, unexpected, and satisfyingly weird. Darkly comic and whip-smart, this collection is recommended for readers of Aimee Bender and Alexandra Kleeman.
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Libraries: Candida Höfer

A compelling aesthetic project that will appeal to bibliophiles and photography and architecture fans.
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The Wrong Kind of Woman: Inside Our Revolution To Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood

An intriguing read about how influence works in the film industry, for people in it; also relevant for the way it spun conversations around #MeToo.
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Song and System: The Making of American Pop Music

A solid premise in need of greater depth and polish.

Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.
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Been There, Married That

The level of Hollywood narcissism shown in Levangie’s (The Starter Wife; The After Wife) novel is astounding and makes it hard to empathize with or even believe the characters in this marital farce. For fans of the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and frothy celebrity memoirs.
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Kaufman, Bob. Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman

Acutely aware of the contradictions between American ideals and its practices, Kaufman’s imaginative and jaggedly passionate poetry seems ripe for rediscovery. “When I die,” he wrote, “I won’t stay/ Dead.” This volume persuasively argues for his resurrection.
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The Illness Lesson

Bard Prize winner Beams (We Show What We Have Learned) successfully shapes the characters who tell the story, capturing the mores of the times and delving deeply into the psychological aspects of the situation. The underlying secret creates a tension that is resolved only in the final pages. Readers of general fiction will enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]

A Good Neighborhood

Fowler skillfully renders her characters and their experiences into an unforgettable, heartbreaking story. Great for book clubs and fans of Tayari Jones and Jodi Picoult. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/19.]

The Yellow Bird Sings

Memoirist and award-winning children’s author Rosner challenges the Holocaust with a touch of magic (the yellow bird appears throughout), clarifying a dangerous time and place even as she offers a vibrant, affecting portrait of the mother-daughter relationship. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]
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The Exhibition of Persephone Q

Percy’s perspective is so limited and her world so small that readers who don’t identify with her may lose patience. This book’s primary audience will be those interested in the ruminations of an insecure young woman trying to find her way in the world.

Cartier’s Hope

A must-read for lovers of atmospheric historical fiction heavy with facts, as well as fans of strong female protagonists, the prolific author, and Lauren Willig.
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Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight To Fit In

Tran’s engaging prose will connect with readers who ever went through a phase of wishing to fit in, which is pretty much all of us.
PREMIUM

The Martyrdom of Collins Catch the Bear

At times meandering and lacking the amount of detail about the case some readers might wish for, Spence’s book nonetheless thoughtlessly portrays justice both manipulated and denied in this sharp indictment of the treatment of indigenous people.
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Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe

Fans of travelogs, history buffs, and those with an interest in Russia and the former U.S.S.R. will thoroughly enjoy.

Rebel Cinderella: Rose Pastor Stokes: Sweatshop Immigrant, Aristocrat’s Wife, Socialist Crusader

Lucidly written and painstakingly researched, this is a joy to read, cementing Pastor in her rightful place with other progressive figures of the time.
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American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

A fascinating book worthy of being associated with the title’s literary sleuth. Readers will want a follow-up so they can discover more of Heinrich’s cases as told through Dawson’s great storytelling.
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Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

Even astute readers of history and civil rights will be alarmed by this story, which is why it should be read. For fans of American history, politics, and civil rights. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]
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Philosophers: Their Life and Works

Graphically pleasing, with a varied, international selection, this is an engrossing introduction for any public library.
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Love Her or Lose Her

The story is strongest when delving into communication and vulnerability but occasionally gets bogged down by repetitive writing and a too-predictable plot. Still, fans of Lyssa Kay Adams’s The Bromance Book Club or Farrah Rochon’s Cherish Me will be glad to discover another contemporary marriage-in-trouble romance.
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A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

Kate (Love and Other Mistakes) brings the outback to life in this stand-alone Christian romance that features two people struggling to figure out what they want.
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Risk It All

This fast-paced romance is laced with humor and a bit of heat. Fans of Janet Evanovitch’s “Stephanie Plum” series will enjoy the interplay between Cara and Henry but will find more grit and less slapstick humor.
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Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

Well-written, entertaining, and strongly recommended for readers interested in American history.
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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir

A poignant transgenerational story of trauma and recovery in South Korea, Japan, and America.
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Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

This narrative presents an engaging and enlightening perspective on the history of the presidency.
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Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century

Highly recommended for readers interested in 20th-century sociopolitical history as well as Day’s life.

The Prince of Broadway

Shupe (A Scandalous Deal) continues her lusciously detailed Gilded Age–set series with a dynamic duo determined to get what they want at any cost. Sensual and passionate and with an unconventional, intriguing story line, this second in the series (after The Rogue of Fifth Avenue) is one readers will clamor for.
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Now You See Them

The fifth in Griffiths’s “Magic Men” series (The Vanishing Box) is written with a lighter touch and quirkier characters than her “Ruth Galloway” archaeological mysteries. Nevertheless, it’s a highly entertaining read with a spot-on portrayal of the manners and mores of the 1960s. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
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Lost Tomorrows

Coyle’s sixth “Rick Cahill” novel (Wrong Light) will please noir enthusiasts with its staccato prose, evocative descriptions, and hard-nosed protagonist. Readers new to the series can still enjoy this book as a compelling stand-alone mystery, and enticingly vague references to previous books make a strong case for checking out Rick’s past adventures.
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The Missing American

This promising series debut from the acclaimed Quartey (“Darko Dawson” mysteries) introduces the formidable Emma, and most important, the culture and politics of Ghana. Recommended for readers of mystery, African American and African fiction, and international crime/mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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If She Were Dead

For readers seeking an unsympathetic portrayal of “the other woman,” but with the ample offerings of domestic thrillers available, this is an optional purchase.
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Good Girls Lie

Ellison (Tear Me Apart) has created a complex, convoluted plot that mystery fans will savor.

Hide Away

Pinter’s (The Darkness) outstanding series launch is a deft combination of domestic suspense and police procedural that recalls the works of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay. Both an unstoppable force of nature and painfully human, Rachel is a heroine readers will not soon forget.
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Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour

Fowler’s 17th installment in the series (following Hall of Mirrors) has all the idiosyncrasies and dark humor of its predecessors but stands alone well. Perfect for fans of police procedurals with nontraditional, especially older, detectives.
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Pretty As a Picture

Little (Dear Daughter) once again delivers a dark, witty thriller. Movie fans will be delighted with the behind-the-scenes setting and the numerous cinematic references. While there are some twists, this character-driven whodunit is mainly propelled by Marissa, an intelligent, charming protagonist whose neurodiversity is well portrayed. Recommended for mystery fans drawn to amateur sleuths and quirky, realistic protagonists.
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The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

Solomon incorporates many historically accurate events, details, and characters into this engaging story, based on an actual incident. Historical mystery fans who relish rich period details will be eager to see Hay again.
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How the Dead Speak

The 11th in McDermid’s series (Insidious Intent) is chock-full of crime and yet not as compelling as past installments. Regardless, fans and newcomers to the series will enjoy the twists and turns.

Into the Fire

Another exceptional installment in the “Orphan X” series, full of action, excitement, and adventure. A must-read for thriller fans. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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Murder in Rat Alley

The seventh “Sam Blackman” mystery (Hidden Scars) has the right amount of action, humor, and intrigue. Fans of the humor of Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser” series with some North Carolina history thrown in will enjoy Sam’s relentless pursuit of the truth.
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HappiNest: Finding Fulfillment When Your Kids Leave Home

Holland puts a positive spin on what could be a tumultuous season of life, providing a solid route on which to travel.
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Growing Old: Notes on Aging with Something Like Grace

With wit and humor, Thomas thoughtfully conveys the realities of aging. This fully absorbing memoir will especially resonate with readers over 65 and those who work with geriatric populations, yet all readers should find much wisdom to be gained from this warm offering. .
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In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead

Smart, savvy, and informed, Douglas is the perfect guide for women who are sick of the rampant sexism and ageism in our society and are ready to do something about it.
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Modern Etiquette Made Easy: A Five-Step Method to Mastering Etiquette

An optimal choice for readers looking to add that finishing touch to their own grace and style.
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Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician’s Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery

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Taking Sexy Back: How To Own Your Sexuality and Create the Relationships You Want

A welcome read for women looking to explore more adventurous, impassioned sexual lives.
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