Tag: 2015 releases

Reading New England: Hidden View

Posted May 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Reading New England: Hidden View

Brett Ann Stanciu, Hidden View (2015) If you’re tired of seeing the same books from the same big-name publishers hyped everywhere, and would like to discover some quality under-the-radar fiction that not everyone knows about, I have got something for you. Hidden View by Brett Ann Stanciu is a true hidden gem, a novel with […]

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Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Posted March 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Mystery on the Rock: A Dangerous Place

Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place (2015) Welcome to the Maisie Dobbs readalong! TLC Book Tours is hosting a month-long celebration of the first eleven books in this popular historical mystery series, on the occasion of the release of number twelve, Journey to Munich, on March 29. I’ll be posting about that title next month, but […]

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New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Posted October 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Reprint Review: Heather, Oak, and Olive

Rosemary Sutcliff, Heather, Oak, and Olive: Three Stories (1971) This slim collection of stories by Rosemary Sutcliff takes us to three different historical settings — tribal Wales, Roman Britain, and ancient Greece — with the author’s characteristically vivid sense of place and time. In each story, a pair of young people forges bonds of loyalty […]

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New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

Posted October 2, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad (Candlewick, 2015) Using the life and work of the composer Dimitri Shostakovich as a “hook,” and specifically his masterful Seventh Symphony (the “Leningrad”), Symphony for the City of the Dead explores one of the most horrific places and times […]

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New Release Review: Girl Waits with Gun

Posted September 18, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Girl Waits with Gun

Amy Stewart, Girl Waits with Gun (2015) Bestselling nonfiction writer Stewart (The Drunken Botanist) hits all the high notes in her fiction debut, Girl Waits with Gun. She gives us a meticulously researched historical setting (the factory district of New Jersey in 1914), a trio of gloriously unconventional and independent female protagonists, a tone that […]

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In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

Posted September 15, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 10 Comments
In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

      This fall, three of today’s brightest names in writing for children and young adults have new titles out. Even if you haven’t read their previous award-winning works, and whatever your age, these are all worth a look. Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me; Liar and Spy) With its mature […]

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New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Posted July 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe, eds., CS Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford CS Lewis Society (2015) Closely following The Fellowship, a splendid group biography of the Inklings, comes this new collection, a fine companion volume for those looking for more on CS Lewis and company. A student society […]

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New Release Review: The Philosopher Kings

Posted July 17, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Philosopher Kings

Jo Walton, The Philosopher Kings (2015) Rejoice, readers of The Just City! The sequel to Jo Walton’s fantasy about gods and humans attempting to create Plato’s Republic in ancient Greece is here, and you’ll be wanting to snap it up to find out what happened after that book’s dramatic ending. (If you haven’t read The […]

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