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Literature

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins the battle between demons and jesters in Camp Arcanum by Columbus author Josef Matulich.

Title: Camp Arcanum

Author: Josef Matulich

Pages: 247

Publisher: Post Mortem Press

ISBN: 978-0615965703

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

Here's the good news about Ceridwen Dovey's short story collection Only the Animals: It contains a genuinely moving story told from the point of view of a parrot. That's obviously not an easy thing to pull off, but Dovey manages it beautifully. The bird, adopted by an American divorcée who has moved to Beirut, makes for an intriguing narrator, and the story is clever, biting and wistfully sad.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to battle with grim reaper Charley Davidson in the audio version of Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones.

Title: Seventh Grave and No Body

Author: Darynda Jones

CDs: 9 (10 1/2 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427244376

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

'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

Sep 2, 2015

Despite numerous, valiant efforts over the past few years to broaden the palette of epic fantasy, the genre still has a default setting: some fictionalized version of medieval Europe. Add Bradley P. Beaulieu's new novel, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, to the growing list of proud exceptions. Set in a world covered by desert and lit by twin moons, Twelve Kings includes Islamic and Ancient Egyptian influences among its fabulist mix of cultures.

About two-thirds of the way through Jonathan Franzen's big new novel, Purity, we're told about an "ambitious project" conceived by a young artist named Anabel. Anabel finds it strange that people can go through their lives without "having made the most basic acquaintance with [their bodies] ...

Spoiler alert: Terry Pratchett's final novel begins with the death of one of his toughest and best-developed characters.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gets a peek beyond the gossip mags with author Hilary Liftin’s fictional celebrity memoir, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper.

Title: Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper

Author: Hilary Liftin

Pages: 334

Publisher: Viking

ISBN: 978-0670016419

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

Taking chances can sometimes lead to great art. But award-winning poet Carl Phillips says there's a risk to, well, taking risks.

"I think there has to be a place for risk and for restlessness in any kind of fully lived life, and especially I think for an artist," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "I think it's the only way that imagination gets stimulated and continues — but I think it can easily go unchecked."

His latest work, Reconnaissance, looks for the balance between restlessness and stability — and between the raw and the refined, the omnicient and the intimate.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin follows a hostage crisis in Manhattan with Stefanie Pintoff’s Hostage Taker.

Title: Hostage Taker

Author: Stefanie Pintoff

Pages: 392

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 978-0345531407

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels to India for an unusual job interview in The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup.

Title: The Accidental Apprentice

Author: Vikas Swarup

Pages: 434

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250067760

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin listens in as a reporter investigates the past in the audio version of Allison Brennan’s Notorious.

Title: Notorious

Author: Allison Brennan

CDs: 10 (13 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427236319

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin cooks up some romance with author Amy E. Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake.

Title: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Author: Amy E. Reichert

Pages: 231

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1501100710

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

Twenty-seven years ago, journalist Buzz Bissinger decided that he wanted to write about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football — he just needed to find the right town. At the suggestion of a college recruiter, he visited Odessa, a west Texas town with a high school football stadium capable of seating 19,000 — and a population of approximately 90,000.

"Odessa is just kind of a dusty, gritty place," Bissinger tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "And I see that stadium ... and it's like a rocket ship on the desert."

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin turns to desperate measures with Mickey J. Corrigan’s The Blow Off.

Title: The Blow Off

Author: Mickey J. Corrigan

Pages: 198

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

ISBN: 978-1509201037

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gets caught up in the historical whodunit of Michael Murphy’s Wings in the Dark.

Title: Wings in the Dark

Author: Michael Murphy

Pages: 193

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00ONUVRUA

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes on a quest to save a troubled teacher with Matthew Quick’s Love May Fail.

Title: Love May Fail

Author: Matthew Quick

Pages: 398

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 978-0062285560

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels to a village in transition with the audio version of Ishmael Beah’s The Radiance of Tomorrow.

Title: The Radiance of Tomorrow

Author: Ishmael Beah

CDs: 6 (8 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427233400

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin takes another case with Mort Grant and The Fixer in Fixed in Blood.

Title: Fixed in Blood

Author: T. E. Woods

Pages: 276

Publisher: Alibi

AISN: B00RKO6P4E

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin explores vacation romance gone wrong with Kate White’s The Wrong Man.

Title: The Wrong Man

Author: Kate White

Pages: 322

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 978-0062350657

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin searches for answers with a small-town girl in The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows.

Title: The Truth According to Us

Author: Annie Barrows

Pages: 421

Publisher: The Dial Press

ISBN: 978-0385342940

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

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