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May 18, 2016

Diversity. We embrace it in the books we review and feature, the many Beyond the Books sections we explore and the voices of our reviewers. Some of the varied books in this issue include veteran author Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets as well as the debut, The Mirror Thief. You can sail on the high seas with The North Water or visit New Delhi, India, with The Association of Small Bombs. One of the best books from 2015, Medicine Walk, is now released in paperback. These and many more form our diverse crop of features this issue so jump right in and happy reading!

May 04, 2016

Historical fiction is always a great transport to a time and place different from ours and popular author Chris Cleave's Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, brings us right in the middle of World War II action. Pick up the paperback original The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper for a dash of whimsy and travel to a remote Basque village to chase down a serial killer in The Invisible Guardian. Newly released in paperback is When the Moon Is Low, an Afghan family's flight from Taliban control. Which new books will you add to your list? Happy reading and Happy Mother's Day!

April 20, 2016

A rich palette of reading possibilities is yours for the taking with the many impressive books in this issue. The Vanishing Velazquez uses an ancient painting as the starting point for an engaging non-fiction detective story, while the novel Paint Your Wife explores human relationships through an old art form. The critical role of art in our lives forms the scaffolding for the memoir, All Tomorrow's Parties. Pick up The Sympathizer, a critically acclaimed favorite, now in paperback as well as a host of other compelling books. Happy reading!

April 06, 2016

Let your imagination roam far and wide. First stop: An Unrestored Woman, with this terrific debut, you can travel to India in the aftermath of the country's violent partition from Pakistan; then on to the small English town of Rye in The Summer Before the War (Helen Simonson's second novel following Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Sara Novic's Girl at War looks at child soldiers in the Bosnian War, and is now released in paperback, as is The Sunken Cathedral, in which you can travel to a time when extreme weather is the norm rather than the exception. Bon voyage and happy reading!

March 16, 2016

Poetry seeps into prose in some of books in this issue. Forty Rooms' protagonist dreams of becoming an accomplished poet, while established poet Charles Smith sets his languorous novel Ginny Gall in the Jim Crow South. Innovative books including H is for Hawk, BookBrowse's 2015 winner for nonfiction; and The Folded Clock, an imaginative journal by Heidi Julavits are among the many great books released in paperback. Happy reading!

March 02, 2016

March into...March with a whole new slate of stellar recommendations including non-fiction books such as The Hundred-Year Walk, one young woman's exploration of her family's horrific past and Evicted, a journalistic peek at grinding poverty in America. In paperback we have a heart-wrenching memoir, Girl in the Dark, about coping with a rare and devastating medical condition and an indictment of the tourism industry, Overbooked. Add a dash of drive with the debut thriller, The Drifter, and you've got a compilation ready to sink your teeth into. Happy reading!

February 17, 2016

Chase the winter blues away with a hearty selection of heartwarming and enlightening books, from Tender, an engaging exploration of obsession; to Light, a nonfiction narrative that explores the history and science of one of nature's vital phenomena. You can fire up your imagination and travel to the Wild West with Into the Savage Country, now out in paperback; or chill out by visiting the ice festival in China's northeast in In Manchuria. So bring on the hot chocolate and read on!

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