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The BookBrowse Review

Published June 1, 2016

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Editor's Introduction
Hardcovers Paperbacks
First Impressions
Recommended for Book Clubs
Book Discussions

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Short Stories/Essays




Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Alternate History


History, Science & Current Affairs

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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Alternate History

  • Blog:
    Ten of the Best Books of Summer 2016
  • Notable:
    Book Club Q&A: Retired Old Willis Ladies (and Gents)
  • Wordplay:
    B A Usual
  • Book Giveaway:
    The Perfect Summer Escape!
  • Quote:
    When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.
Dear BookBrowsers,

In the previous issue of The BookBrowse Review, we spotlighted the diversity of voices from our reviewers who each have their favorite genres to dip into. When determining which books to evaluate for inclusion, we also emphasize diversity in the range of publishing houses we choose from. BookBrowse doesn't just run with the large publishers, we look far and wide and dig deep to carefully curate the books that will truly resonate with you.

For example, this issue includes The Seed Collectors from Soft Skull, an indie press that is now part of Counterpoint Press based in Berkeley, California; Quiet Neighbors from Midnight Ink, a small press based in Woodbury, Minnesota, that focuses on mysteries; and Flannery from Groundwood Books, an independent Canadian children's publisher based in Toronto.

As always, our Beyond the Book section brings many intriguing topics including two articles looking at the process of writing from authors who have long gaps in the work they produce to bending real life into fiction. For some added color, take a look at our fascinating facts about orchids.

A delightful summer read, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is now out in paperback as are two thrilling mysteries, Death in Brittany (staycation, anyone?) and Bad Country.

We also bring you a special preview of Ten of this summer's best novels, selected from the 200+ you'll find on BookBrowse. which in turn are culled from the many thousands of books that will publish.

Finally, we feature a conversation with ROWLS, a book club of retired teachers in Delaware, Ohio. We hope you enjoy our diverse selection and find a few gems for your own reading pile.

As always, happy reading!

Your editor,

Davina Morgan-Witts

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