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Review – Just Say When by Kaylee Ryan

Author Kaylee Ryan mixes girl crushes, first apartments, training bros, final exams, late brunches, new jobs, and former marines into her potent self-published cocktail “Just Say When.” The book uses ultra short chapters to unfold its narrative structure, taking 46 mini bites with alternating points of view from protagonists Ava Mae and Nate.

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I Was Lucky Because I Could Walk to Our Local Library: A Conversation with Cece Bell

Award winning author Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books for several years. This year, her book for older children, El Deafo, earned her a Newberry Honor. A graphic novel memoir, El Deafo tells her story of becoming almost completely deaf at a young age due to illness. Depicting the resulting challenges—and delights—are a cast of bunny characters that tell a very human story.

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Review – All I Ever Need Is You (The Sullivans – Book 14)

Architect Adam is the hot, eligible playboy in town. He’s known for having new eye candy on his arm at each event he attends – and he’s definitely not looking for anything serious. But it isn’t until he meets gorgeous and successful wedding planner Kerry that he understands what he’s missing in a long term relationship.

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Review– Silent Scream: An Edge of Your Seat Serial Killer Thriller

Detective Kim Stone has a track record for solving tough cases. When dead bodies start mysteriously cropping up one after another, she digs up a secret from an abandoned girl’s orphanage that someone would prefer to keep buried. But who could be the killer? The local, well-known priest? The handyman who cares for his disabled daughter?

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The ALA 2015 Book Award-Winners – A Reading List

ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, in January 2015, unveiled numerous award-winners as well as longlists for future consideration. Maybe your patrons have already read the nominees and are thirsty for more from these authors, or perhaps the increased attention has contributed to lengthy reserve lists. In either case, now might be the time to shine some light on other books by these acclaimed authors.

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I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper

This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.


In Memoriam: Eugie Foster

Fantasy and Science Fiction author Eugie Foster (b. 1971) left us on September 27, 2014 at the age of 42 as a result of respiratory failure. I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Foster at JordanCon in 2012, and her works left a lasting impact on me.

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Certain Experiences Carve Out Pieces of You: A Conversation with Kathleen Hale

In Kathleen Hale’s exceptional debut novel, No One Else Can Have You, sixteen year-old Kippy Bushman sets out to solve the gruesome murder of her best friend, Ruth Fried. As Kippy investigates those closest to Ruth, she realizes everyone in her seemingly cheerful hometown harbors dark secrets, from Kippy’s peppy guidance counselor father to Ruth’s […]

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Bouncing Ideas Off the Wall of Reality: A Conversation with Ben Winters

Ben Winters’ The Last Policeman poses the daunting question, how do you maintain law and order in a world poised on the edge of disaster? Set in the near future, an asteroid is set to strike earth in six months, leveling most of the planet’s population. In Concord, New Hampshire, Detective Henry Palace finds himself thrust into his dream job with only a few remaining months to enjoy it. With the world around him falling apart, Palace lands a seemingly open-and-shut case: the suicide of a local actuary. As Palace digs deeper, he uncovers the dark secrets of citizens pushed to the edge and the unsettling truth of the true killer. Winters continues the exploits of Palace with Countdown City, where a quest for a missing husband leads Palace to the University of New Hampshire (now turned into a quasi-commune), among other places. In both books, Winters spins a deftly plotted mystery while vividly depicting a world on the brink of extinction. World of Trouble, the final book in the Last Policeman Trilogy, will be published this July. Winters spoke to Brendan Dowling via telephone January 31, 2014.

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Librarians Enthrall: A Conversation with Jon Cohen

Jon Cohen’s The Man in the Window was first published in 1992, but is now enjoying a second life thanks to Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries. Disfigured from a fire at his father’s hardware store, Louis Malone has spent the past sixteen years observing his neighborhood from the confines of his parents’ house. When he […]

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The Shores of My Imagination: A Conversation with Ruth Ozeki

In Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth, a novelist living in an isolated island off the coast of British Columbia, finds a package washed up on the beach during a morning walk. Inside is a Hello Kitty Lunch box containing, among other objects, the diary of Nao, a suicidal American teenager living in Japan. Ruth believes the package washed up as a result of the 2011 Japanese earthquake, and is soon consumed by discovering Nao’s fate. Alternating between Ruth’s life on the island and excerpts from Nao’s diary, the reader learns how Nao ended up in Tokyo, as well as the stories of Nao’s great-grandmother, a 104 year-old Zen Buddhist nun, and Nao’s great-uncle Haruki #1, a World War II kamikaze pilot. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and praised as a “a tantalizing narration that brandishes mysteries to be solved and ideas to be explored” by The Washington Post, A Tale for the Time Being was one of 2013’s most acclaimed novels. Ozeki spoke to Brendan Dowling via telephone on January 2nd and 6th.

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First Do No Harm: A Conversation with Mary Schmich

For over twenty years, Mary Schmich’s  perceptive columns  have been a staple of the Chicago Tribune. In 2012, she was awarded the Pulitzer for Commentary, yet she had achieved a broader audience even earlier. In 1997, her column “Wear Suncreen” (originally misattributed as a Kurt Vonnegaut commencement address) rose to prominence and was even eventually […]

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If You’re Funny You Can Get Away with A Lot – PL Talks to Author Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson’s new novel, Someone Else’s Love Story, is already accumulating accolades: it’s a #1 Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Okra Pick, a LibraryReads Selection, a Bloggers Recommend Pick, and it received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

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Epic Fantasy Spotlight: Mordant’s Need

No other two-volume set of books has ever held more power over me than Mordant’s Need (The Mirror of Her Dreams; A Man Rides Through). I had never been a huge fan of fantasy before I read these two books.