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Beyond The Little Paris Bookshop: More Books and Baked Goods for the Brokenhearted

Beyond The Little Paris Bookshop: More Books and Baked Goods for the Brokenhearted

While the sane ultimately concede that there’s no such thing as perfect, we all indulge in the occasional fantasy about the store clerk, librarian, or bartender who will look deep in our eyes and say, “Ah, yes. I know exactly who you are and what you need. Sit while I fetch the enchanted item that […]

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Mockingbird and More: The Literary Class of 1960

Mockingbird and More: The Literary Class of 1960

So, Harper Lee’s having kind of a big week, right? But she only wrote two books. And, they’re probably not on the shelf right now. Why not remind readers of the other works with remarkable staying power that were published or produced that year ? What a time to promote the Wayback List!  (Mockingbird/Green Eggs and Ham mashup, anyone?) […]

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Shark-Safe: 18 Beach Reads for the Landlubber

Shark-Safe: 18 Beach Reads for the Landlubber

If your readers prefer their beachside adventure books more domestic than deadly, steer them away from Shark Week—full steam ahead to these relationship-focused reads. These are “drown your sorrows” stories of love, lost and found, not “drown in the ocean while trying to escape a man-eating shark that has a vendetta against you and your […]

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Beyond Bunheads: Ballet Books for Everyone

Beyond Bunheads: Ballet Books for Everyone

Last week, Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Copeland is the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the company’s 75-year history. (She became a viral superstar with last year’s inspiring Under Armour commercial.) You may soon find all copies of her 2014 autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, checked […]

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Third Time’s the Charm: Winning Trilogies

Third Time’s the Charm: Winning Trilogies

If you like team contact sports played on ice, or if you simply live in Chicago, you are aware that the Chicago Blackhawks just won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. With three, luxuriously long months of summer upon us, what better time to celebrate stories that go on and on and on.   All […]

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From Rap Sheets to Mad Tweets: 16 Crime Writers to Follow on Twitter

From Rap Sheets to Mad Tweets: 16 Crime Writers to Follow on Twitter

Some of the mystery genre’s most prolific writers just can’t stop. In addition to writing deftly plotted crime novels, these authors keep their keyboards clicking with frequent updates and shout-outs to their social media fans. Can’t wait a year to reconnect with favorite characters? Catch up with their creators on Twitter.    @DonnaAndrews13  (Donna Andrews) @alafairburke  (Alafair […]

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Mysteries of the Mad Men Era

Those who aren’t ready to move on after saying goodbye to their friends at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce may want to escape into other richly detailed tales of life in the swinging sixties and the confounding, wide-lapelled seventies. Series fans who were always looking for clues into the real Don Draper will enjoy putting the pieces together in these postmodern […]

Solving the Puzzles of the Mind: Psychiatrists in Mysteries

Solving the Puzzles of the Mind: Psychiatrists in Mysteries

In Lisa Scottoline’s new stand-alone thriller, Every Fifteen Minutes, a psychiatrist puts his family and career at risk to save a troubled young man. From good guys like Alex Cross to the unbelievably bad like Hannibal Lecter, psychiatrists offer a uniquely qualified view into the minds of men. (And, lest we forget Chelsea Cain’s deliciously […]

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

RIP Ruth Rendell, Grande Dame of the Mystery World

The mystery world has lost one of the grande dames. The much-lauded Ruth Rendell (winner of numerous mystery awards, including the 1991 Cartier Diamond Dagger for a Lifetime’s Achievement in the Field, not to mention being awarded a CBE in 1996), who had suffered a stroke at the beginning of this year, passed away on May 2, 2015. […]

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

About Time: From Concept to Clocks (Books for the Apple Watch Launch)

As impressive as the Apple Watch is, I’m going out on a limb and saying that the printing press is still at the top of the heap when it comes to innovation. (Along with the wheel, internal combustion engine, and the programmable coffee maker.) Lead your early adopters into the stacks and remind them where […]

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