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LIAR by Rob Roberge

December 2, 2016

EXCRUCIATINGLY HONEST MEMOIR of a life marked by both intense creativity and by mental illness, addiction.

Grade: SOLID B

LIAR: A MEMOIR
Crown Publishing Group
2016

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PLAYING DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF DEATH FRAUD by Elizabeth Greenwood

November 30, 2016

FAKING YOUR OWN DEATH? Interviews with people who have tried, and with experts in the field. Fascinating!

Grade: B PLUS

PLAYING DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF DEATH FRAUD
Simon & Schuster
2016

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HEX ON THE BEACH by Gina LaManna

November 27, 2016

CHARMING, FUNNY PARANORMAL thriller with strong characters, appealing worldbuilding, sweet romance.

Grade: B PLUS

HEX ON THE BEACH (THE MAGIC & MIXOLOGY MYSTERY SERIES, BOOK 1)
Gina LaManna
2016

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THE FORTUNES by Peter Ho Davies

November 25, 2016

FRESH, POWERFUL RETELLING of four vivid Chinese-American stories, from the Gold Rush to the present day.

Grade: A MINUS

THE FORTUNES
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2016

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VILLAGE ATHEISTS: HOW AMERICA’S UNBELIEVERS MADE THEIR WAY IN A GODLY NATION by Leigh Eric Schmidt

November 23, 2016

HOW “VILLAGE ATHEISTS” built a free-thought movement in the 19th century US. Absolutely engaging history!

Grade: A MINUS

VILLAGE ATHEISTS: HOW AMERICA'S UNBELIEVERS MADE THEIR WAY IN A GODLY NATION
Princeton University Press
2016

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A STAR-RECKONER’S LOT by Darrell Drake

November 20, 2016

MAGIC, MAYHEM, AND MYTHOLOGY abound in a fiercely inventive fantasy adventure set in ancient Iran.

Grade: B PLUS

A STAR-RECKONER'S LOT
Darrell Drake
2016

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THE GRADUAL by Christopher Priest

November 18, 2016

MUSIC AND TIME TRAVEL intertwine in Christopher Priest’s latest poetic, dream-like fantasy tale.

Grade: SOLID B

THE GRADUAL
Titan Books
2016

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AN ABBREVIATED LIFE by Ariel Leve

November 16, 2016

QUIETLY HEARTBREAKING MEMOIR of a childhood spent amid affluence and creativity—and terrible abuse.

Grade: B PLUS

AN ABBREVIATED LIFE: A MEMOIR
HarperCollins
2016

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THE ALCHEMIST’S CHILDREN by Carolyn Killion

November 6, 2016

ENGAGING YA FANTASY offers a fresh take on some classic legends, from leprechauns to goblins to dragons.

Grade: SOLID B

THE ALCHEMIST'S CHILDREN
Calumet Editions
2016

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POUR ME, A LIFE by A. A. Gill

November 4, 2016

A COMPLICATED LIFE, WITH ALCOHOL and after: A. A. Gill’s memoir is crushingly candid and self-pitiless.

Grade: A MINUS

POUR ME, A LIFE
Penguin
2016

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