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FIERCE POISE by Alexander Nemerov

September 18, 2021

HELEN FRANKENTHALER’S EXTRAORDINARY career, captured in microcosm in this deep dive into her first ten years as a professional painter. Mixing art criticism and biography, this generous, engaging look at one of the greats enchants. B PLUS

FIERCE POISE
Penguin Press
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain

September 16, 2021

SAVAGELY INSIGHTFUL NOVEL about motherhood, daughterhood, and the infinite number of stress points in families blends the structure of a psychological thriller with poetic, almost philosophical prose. B PLUS

THE PUSH
Pamela Dorman Books
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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THE BARONET UNLEASHED (STELLA HART BOOK 3) by Lucy Blue

September 13, 2021

CHARMING ROMANTIC MYSTERY finds intrigue in both the silent film industry and 1920s high society. Well crafted plot, engaging writing, memorable characters! B PLUS

THE BARONET UNLEASHED (STELLA HART BOOK 3)
Falstaff Books
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH by Alison Bechdel

September 11, 2021

MIND, BODY, AND THE ZEITGEIST: the always brilliant Alison Bechdel shines with another autobiographical graphic memoir, this time an exploration of her lifelong love/hate relationship with fitness (and literature, philosophy, daytime TV)… B PLUS

THE SECRET TO SUPERHUMAN STRENGTH
Mariner Books
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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PEACES by Helen Oyeyemi

September 9, 2021

A CHARMING FAIRY TALE of a couple on a train to nowhere mixes the sweet and the unsettling in nearly equal measure, but love of all kinds always holds center stage. B PLUS

PEACES
Riverhead Books
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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BRINGING HOME THE RAIN by Bob McGough

September 6, 2021

THE “OUTLAW WIZARD” TROPE gets a fresh take in this inventive rural Alabama fantasy. “Methmagician” Howard Marsh, scion of an old family with powers, works spells for the law to keep himself in drugs and junk food. Sharp, vivid writing! B PLUS

BRINGING HOME THE RAIN: THE REDEMPTION OF HOWARD MARSH 1 (THE JUBAL COUNTY SAGA)
Broken Oak Publishing
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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SLEEPER AGENT by Ann Hagedorn

September 4, 2021

THE SOVIET SPY INSIDE the Manhattan Project—how he got there, and how he got away with it. Fascinating story explores a complex intelligence operation, as well as the factors that led Iowa-born George Koval to spy for the USSR. B PLUS

SLEEPER AGENT
Simon & Schuster
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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INSPECTOR HOBBES AND THE COMMON PEOPLE by Wilkie Martin

August 30, 2021

A NOT-EXACTLY-HUMAN POLICE INSPECTOR, a daring archaeologist, and her bumbling reporter husband track down mysteries in the Cotswolds and in the Himalayas. Fun paranormal mystery with great characters, tight plotting, ridiculous puns. B PLUS

INSPECTOR HOBBES AND THE COMMON PEOPLE: COMEDY CRIME FANTASY (UNHUMAN BOOK 5)
The Witcherley Book Company
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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HOW TO MARS by David Ebenbach

August 21, 2021

THE FIRST MARS COLONISTS face some unexpected events in this charming, witty novel. Both skillful near-future science fiction and a warm comedy of manners, it’s a delight. B PLUS

HOW TO MARS
Tachyon Publications
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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BLIND MAN'S BLUFF by James Tate Hill

August 14, 2021

A LIFE WITH LOW VISION, and with even greater barriers of profound self-consciousness and shame, made beautiful by a passion for reading, writing, and teaching, and especially by love and friendship. Candid, uncompromising memoir. B PLUS

BLIND MAN'S BLUFF
W. W. Norton & Company
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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