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The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

Fans of British royalty and that particular kind of historic fiction that is interwoven with a strand of modernity—think Beatriz Williams and others' The Glass Ocean—should consider this novel. ["Historical details about fabric, embroidery, and the royal family are well incorporated into their stories, with light romance rounding out this charming work of historical fiction": LJ 9/15/18 review of the Morrow hc.]

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

Highly recommended to listeners with an interest in the Great War. ["This detailed account will appeal to readers of military and adventure history": LJ 9/15/18 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]

The Piranhas

May be of interest to fans of Mario Puzo's The Godfather. ["Those who enjoy Mediterranean or Neapolitan noir (Sandrone Dazieri, Massimo Carlotto, Giancarlo de Cataldo) will feel right at home in a world where chaos and vulgarity reign": LJ 8/18 review of the Farrar hc.]

An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice

This thoughtful book is an excellent read for anyone concerned about the increasing polarization of America. ["Khan's depiction of his family's loss serves as a poignant reminder of what military families sacrifice in service to their country, which the Khans have done with exemplary stoicism and grace": LJ 10/15/17 review of the Random hc.]


Perfect for discussion groups, gamers, reluctant readers, and dystopian fans alike. Listeners will be eagerly waiting for the sequel.

Mustaches for Maddie

Maddie is a strong, resourceful, and charming role model who addresses strong topics of bullying, divorce, and illness without being preachy or trite. Hearing her voice through her mother's adds much to her appeal.

Tool of War

Not for the faint of heart owing to violence, but a dandy experience for teens and adults who like to be pulled in quickly. It serves as a stand-alone, although those who have read/listened to the prior books will get more from the experience.

The Map of Salt and Stars

Already a best seller often described as the "Syrian Kite Runner," Joukhadar's urgent, timely debut will undoubtedly garner demand across all formats. {"A wise, vibrantly told story for a wide range of readers, particularly relevant now": LJ 4/1/18 review of the Touchstone hc.]

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Hanna-Attisha's debut work offers a dramatic firsthand view of what happens when government fails to serve the public good, sacrificing public health for the sake of saving municipal dollars. {"Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment": LJ 6/1/18 starred review of the One World hc.]

Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People

This wonderful and uplifting reflection on youth, lessons learned, and self-love would be a perfect gift for graduates and fans of inspiring reads.

Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

Recommended to fans of the documentary series or those looking for a powerful overview of Latino Americans' substantial contribution to American history.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

A thoughtful glimpse into the creative process, this documentary will appeal to those interested in photography.

Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

Recommended for nonfiction collections and wherever Mark Kurlansky's books (Salt; Cod) are popular.

Treasure Houses of Britain

The images of these grand rooms and vast grounds demonstrate that the homes are stately and the visuals lovely, but many of the views are repetitive, and the pacing is rather slow. In addition, at times while Scott is discussing one object, the camera is focusing on something else entirely, leading to a less than engaging experience. Of interest to history and architecture enthusiasts.


A solid documentary, suitable for all libraries.


Stefan Rudnicki does an outstanding job of conveying the mood, gravity, and emotion of the text via his energetic reading. ["Weiner's book is so engrossing that even the footnotes make for worthwhile reading," read the also starred review of the Random hc, LJ 4/15/12.—Ed.]

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