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On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins the quest for survival with the plane crash survivors in author Bill Rancic’s First Light.

Title: First Light

Author: Bill Rancic

Pages: 308

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

ISBN: 978-1101982273

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

There's a tendency to approach a posthumous collection of work by an esteemed "writer's writer" with respectful courtesy, but Stanley Elkin's essays demand a rowdier response from readers. They're weird and spirited, full of literal piss and vinegar. Pieces of Soap is the name of this collection and writer Sam Lipsyte, in his introduction, rightly says that reading Elkin makes you realize "how lazy most writing is."

This is how it begins.

Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about impatiently, restless in the new wind sweeping through the country. They smelled something in the air, something unfamiliar. Perhaps if we had listened closely, we would have heard it. We may have heard the sound rising from the forgotten and sealed caverns in the depths: the muffled pounding from something trying to get out.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes into hiding with the daring kids in author Gregg Hurwitz’s The Rains.

Title: The Rains

Author: Gregg Hurwitz

Pages: 272

Publisher: Tor Teen

ISBN: 978-0765382672

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Sex is a fraught subject in April Ayers Lawson's impressively polished debut collection of stories. The audacious but vulnerable young Southerners who populate these five tales live in a world where the ordinary uncertainties of relationships and physical intimacy are amplified and distorted by their devout, fundamentalist Christian upbringing, and in several cases, a history of childhood sexual abuse. Despite her limpid, supple prose, there's a creepy cast to Lawson's vision, with shades of Flannery O'Connor's dark humor and Southern Gothic sensibility.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gets cold feet with the stressed-out bride in Karen King’s I Do...or Do I?

Title: I Do...or Do I?

Author: Karen King

Runtime: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

AISN: B01JJ779U8

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin moves into an eerie apartment with the Japanese thriller The Graveyard Apartment by author Mariko Koike.

Title: The Graveyard Apartment

Author: Mariko Koike

Pages: 324

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 978-1250060549

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin makes some difficult choices in Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays.

Title: Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays

Author: Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon

Pages: 179

Publisher: Diversion Publishing

ISBN: 978-1682303191

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to Arcanum for more supernatural adventures in Josef Matulich’s Power Tools in the Sacred Grove.

Title: Power Tools in the Sacred Grove (Arcanum Faire #2)

Author: Josef Matulich

Pages: 204

Publisher: Post Mortem Press

ISBN: 978-0692399309

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Based on the Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is a whodunit constructed through an ornate latticework of multiple narrators, temporal jumps, blackouts, constant misdirection, and out-and-out red herrings. There are a good four or five possible suspects, each waved at the audience like a red cape in front of a bull, with the lance awaiting on the other side.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back through the magic mirror to visit with Sleeping Beauty in author Sarah Mlynowski’s Dream On.

Title: Dream On (Whatever After #4)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Runtime: 3 hours, 2 minutes

Publisher: Scholastic Audio

AISN: B00HZ6NCH0

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

From the ground, flying is a wonderfully loose metaphor — for freedom and speed and ambition, for superhuman ease and laborless achievement. But Fran Wilde's Bone Universe series makes flying a fatal and real technical science. It isn't magic, but a controlled harnessing of something terrifyingly strong: the wind. The taut violence of flight — catching gusts, snapping wings, shaving the air — is the best and most real part of the novels. Not a broomstick whoosh or the effortless flutter of a superhero's cape, but groaning joints, deadly winds, an awful void below.

When The Three-Body Problem, the first installment of Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, it drove home a big point: Science fiction from other countries has been overlooked too long here in the U.S., and it's to everyone's benefit to fix that.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin digs for answers with a disgraced journalist in author Mark Hosack’s The Good Spy Dies Twice.

Title: The Good Spy Dies Twice (Bullseye, #1)

Author: Mark Hosack

Pages: 301

Publisher: Wide Awake Books

ISBN: 978-0997850512

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to Otter Lake for more murder and mayhem with Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace.

Title: Pumpkin Picking with Murder (Otter Lake Mysteries #2)

Author: Auralee Wallace

Pages: 338

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

ISBN: 978-1250077783

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins a young woman on the rocky road to recovery in author Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us.

Title: It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 367

Publisher: Atria Paperback

ISBN: 978-1501110368

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Mara Wilson says that the most complicated relationship she has ever had is with a fictional 6-year-old girl. That's because you probably know Wilson best as Matilda, from the 1996 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic.

"I wanted to be her so badly ... " Wilson tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "She's kind of like my big sister overshadowing me."

Wilson, now 29, was a successful child actress — you may also recognize her from her starring roles as Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, or as Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street.

As you open Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood's new comic book, your mind may wander through her previous works in search of comparisons and common themes. In her case, that's quite a trip. Though best-known for more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and essays, she's also a creator of comics.

'Everfair' Looks Into Steampunk's Dark Heart

Sep 7, 2016

I've been excited to read Everfair for the last six years.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gets cozy with the classics in author Katherine Bolger Hyde’s Arsenic with Austen.

Title: Arsenic with Austen (Crime with the Classics #1)

Author: Katherine Bolger Hyde

Pages: 312

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250065476

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin ventures under the sea with the little mermaid in the audio edition of Sarah Mlynowski’s Sink or Swim.

Title: Sink or Swim (Whatever After #3)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Runtime: 3 hours, 19 minutes

Publisher: Scholastic Audio

AISN: B00HZ6N5M2

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

"Every path that leads to new victories is lined with crosses of the dead," wrote one early practitioner of proto-lobotomies. Luke Dittrich's new book asks: How many lives does a medical breakthrough cost? "By the middle of the twentieth century," Dittrich writes, "the breaking of human brains was intentional, premeditated, clinical." But were "all those asylums, all those lesions, all those broken men and women," worth what we now know about the human brain?

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin connects with an old woman and a strange little boy in Monica Wood’s The One-in-a-Million Boy.

Title: The One-in-a-Million Boy

Author: Monica Wood

Pages: 334

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 978-0544617070

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Blue Monday was a comic weirdly out of time. Creator Chynna Clugston-Flores started drawing the adventures of music-loving high-schooler Bleu Finnegan and her band of mad, mod friends in the late 1990s — but somehow they lived in a world where grunge never happened, where Adam Ant and Paul Weller were still style icons and The English Beat ruled the airwaves (in other words, my kind of place).

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin runs from spiders in the first book in author Ezekiel Boone’s creepy-crawly new series, The Hatching.

Title: The Hatching

Author: Ezekiel Boone

Pages: 303

Publisher: Emily Bestler Books

ISBN: 978-1501125041

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

'Dark Matter' Is A Jet-Propelled Science Thriller

Jul 31, 2016

Your time is valuable. I know that. There are roughly a billion books published every year and you've only got time to read a few of them. There are important books and acclaimed books and books you can put down like junk food — like sitting on the couch in your underwear and eating that whole bag of barbecue potato chips because there's no one there to tell you not to. You have to make some choices.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin robs a bank with a bunch of bumbling crooks in the audio edition of Jeff Diamant’s true crime story Heist!.

Title: Heist! The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft

Author: Jeff Diamant

Runtime: 5 hours, 34 minutes

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

AISN: 011VM6NF6

Jason Dessen, the protagonist of the new novel Dark Matter, is just a regular guy: He's 40, a devoted husband, a professor of physics at a small college, and a loving father to a teenage son.

But one day he's drugged and kidnapped and wakes up to find he's in a very different world. Not just a different world — a different life.

Blake Crouch joins NPR's Elise Hu to talk about the new book, and about why he loves imagining alternate realities.

In the summer of 2004, after two decades of estrangement, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Susan Faludi received an e-mail from her father. It read:

Dear Susan,

I've got some interesting news for you. I've decided that I have had enough of impersonating a macho aggressive man that I have never been inside.

The letter was signed, "Love from your parent, Stefánie." Faludi's 76-year-old father, Steven, had had gender reassignment surgery.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin hits rock bottom with a grieving wife and mother in Jack Jordan’s My Girl.

Title: My Girl

Author: Jack Jordan

Pages: 128

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 978-1532815386

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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