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August 02, 2017

The power of language — in both good ways and bad — is apparent in the books we feature in this issue. In The Confusion of Languages, Siobhan Fallon explores how it can complicate already tenuous relationships while in Hunger, memoirist Roxane Gay uses language as a tool to explore her struggles with body image and weight. Among the newly released paperbacks we have a Daphne du Maurier-like Rabbit Hall and a fresh new voice in My Name is Leon. Happy reading!

July 12, 2017

Enjoy the dog days of summer with a few reading indulgences. We've got a riveting mystery set in California, Shadow Man, and a pulse-pounding procedural, The Force. We also feature Arundhati Roy's new novel after a hiatus of twenty years, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Pack your beach bag with the Oprah pick, Behold the Dreamers or a whole host of other newly released paperbacks including the atmospheric Smoke, or take a journey around the world in Crossing the Horizon. Happy reading!

June 21, 2017

History hits home in various ways in this issue. World War II and Vietnam loom over Before We Sleep, while the paperback original, Kintu, traces Uganda's history over the course of many generations. Personal histories visit Driving Miss Norma, a spirited account of one woman's facing down her own mortality, while Priestdaddy is an engaging memoir by a young poet mostly focused on her father, a colorful Catholic priest. Don't miss new paperback releases including the exquisite Mischling about twin subjects in a Holocaust camp and YA releases, The Serpent King and Thanks For the Trouble. Happy reading!

May 31, 2017

Get the summer reading season into high gear with a delightful mixed bag of books from this issue. Add Proving Ground, a sweeping crime novel set in New York City, to your list, or dig into the paperback original, The Garden of Small Beginnings. Continue in the thriller genre with the newly released paperback, Redemption Road. If nonfiction tickles your fancy, don't miss Street of Eternal Happiness, a look at contemporary China, also now in paperback. Happy summer and happy reading!

May 17, 2017

Heroes can come in all shapes and sizes and in this issue we have quite a few of them, including a couple of improbable ones. In the light-hearted young adult novel, Grendel's Guide to Love and War, teenager Tom Grendel must defend his neighborhood from being overtaken by rowdy kids. On a more serious note, in the novel The Women in the Castle, Marianne von Lingenfels takes it upon herself to protect a set of widows and children in the aftermath of a pivotal moment in World War II. And, by overcoming homophobia and mind-numbing poverty, the protagonist in The End of Eddy, a publishing sensation in France, reinvents himself in a heroic attempt to discard his previous self.

May 03, 2017

We've assembled a bursting bouquet of books to kick-start your spring and summer reading. Four nonfiction books including Glass House and The Islamic Enlightenment complement a rich selection of fiction including Elizabeth Strout's latest, Anything is Possible. In paperback, we have BookBrowse's Favorite Novel of 2015, The Nightingale, and books by popular authors such as Ann Patchett and Louise Penny. Happy reading and Happy Mother's Day!

April 19, 2017

That old saying about home being where the heart is might be trite but it's true. The protagonist in Vaddey Ratner's Music of the Ghosts certainly thinks so after returning to her native Cambodia as a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, while Sarah Gerard's collection of essays, Sunshine State, shows her feeling ambivalent about home. In Annie Proulx's Barkskins, the native Americans can't recognize their own homeland generations after it's been colonized. Sink into the riches of books in this issue. Happy reading!

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