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Class conflict meets Arthur Conan Doyle in this riff on the backstory of Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis, Moriarty, who teams up with his two adopted brothers to get justice for the proletariat. Ten volumes are currently available, with at least two more to come ..read more
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2023 preview: Most anticipated nonfiction
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Patti Hartigan is a theater critic who knew legendary playwright August Wilson personally, and we’re eager to get her authoritative take on his life and work in . Wilson is responsible for some of the most revered plays of the 20th century, including 100 Places to See After You Die: A Travel Guide to the Afterlife , Beach tells her own story. This memoir in essays seeks to capture the absurdist humor of becoming an adult, with all of its professional, romantic, personal and existential crises. We’re excited to hear more from Beach, and to find out what kinds of sharp observations she’ll make a ..read more
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2023 preview: Most anticipated fiction
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No one captures the sorrow and beauty of a coming-of-age love story quite like Bryan Washington, so we are thrilled to hear that the author of , completely transformed the Western fiction genre with its magical tale of two Chinese American siblings trying to survive amid the American gold rush. We have high hopes for her follow-up: Set in the near future (just a bit further along in our planet’s demise), this speculative cli-fi novel follows a chef who takes a job on a decadent mountaintop colony. is back this fall with another intimate novel that focuses on the lives of two young men. , which ..read more
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4 incredible memoirs written by novelists
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) reflects on the costs of structural racism in Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir . The death of her brother and a number of male friends inspired Ward to explore mortality and how loss impacts the living. In this searing memoir, she remembers her Mississippi upbringing and the ways in which economic inequality, drugs and societal stressors create an environment in which Black men are needlessly sacrificed. Ward writes with sensitivity about mourning and moving forward, and themes of race, grief and gender will inspire meaningful dialogue among readers. I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes ..read more
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The best mysteries of January 2023
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In 1996 Bangkok, Supot Yongjaiyut is a mail carrier who is “somewhat economical when it [comes] to facial expressions. . . . He had feelings as deep as any, but they rarely inconvenienced his face.” His best friend, Ali, runs a video store, which allows the two to fully pursue their obsession with cinema, a love so profound that they happily watch movies without subtitles and guess at plot and dialogue. When Ali buys a new box of VHS tapes, neither suspects that one of the films will turn out to be an obscure masterpiece, bounces between two protagonists. The first is Mae Pruett, known in Los ..read more
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Animal Joy by Nuar Alsadir
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She narrowed down the year’s best covers to 11 show-stoppers by focusing on both elements: the bright pop that catches your attention, and then the details that await. We see juicy, vibrant colors on the covers of a designer chose to do it that way.” ; layers upon layers on This Is What It Sounds Like ; and even sweet nostalgia on . Special attention must be paid to the very brainy cover of and the iconic simplicity of , the latter of which benefits from the fact that “it doesn’t have other elements that distract. It is a very confident cover: We don’t need that much; this book is so good, we ..read more
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The best leading men in thrillers right now
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Riley is infuriated to learn that Prescott has kidnapped his mother and Monique to ensure compliance. Can he rescue them from Prescott’s goons while coming up with a way to breach Balodis’ missile silo without coming to great harm, or even death? Readers will be transfixed by Riley’s every move as he engages in astonishing transformations and clever ruses in pursuit of his seemingly impossible goals in this audacious and action-packed thriller. by Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter series (and creator of the hit TV adaption).  and Riley is doing the last thing readers would expect: sittin ..read more
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The 5 best holiday romances of 2022
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A Jewish artist gets a chance to save the family Christmas tree farm in by Helena Greer. When her estranged but still beloved Great-Aunt Cass dies, Miriam Blum discovers that Cass named her part-owner of Carrigan’s, a tree farm and inn that caters to uber-fans of the holiday season. The other owners include Miriam’s childhood BFF and Noelle Northwood, the farm’s manager. Noelle sees Miriam as an interloper and is resolved to dislike her, no matter how sexy Noelle may find her. While determining what to do with the property, Miriam and Noelle are forced to face their pasts and end up intimately ..read more
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The 4 best mysteries of December 2022
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Some of the giddiest delights experienced by mid-20th-century suspense aficionados were summoned forth by author Rex Stout in his mysteries starring grumpy armchair detective Nero Wolfe and his smart-alecky assistant/biographer, Archie Goodwin. Stout died in 1975, and with the exception of tributes in print and on screen, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin passed away with their creator—until 2020, when Stephen Spotswood’s introduced readers to brilliant sleuth Lillian Pentecost and her stalwart assistant, Willowjean “Will” Parker. While not an intentional homage to the Nero Wolfe mysteries, the Pe ..read more
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Giftable glimpses of history
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With images old and new from around the world, all selected from the archive of the Affinities: A Journey Through Images From the Public Domain Review this is a book designed for random perusal. Some images come with suggested paths to different pages, creating a sort of chutes-and-ladders effect. As explained in the introduction, the result is “a maze of rootlike cut-throughs that allow you to move through the book in different ways, to disrupt the sequence and carve through your own serpentine trajectory.” during a World War I battle.  ..read more
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