Literature

Literature

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.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin commiserates with another tired mama in author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor’s Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic.

Title: Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic

Author: Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Pages: 150

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1476787305

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin is haunted by the past with Renée Knight’s psychological thriller debut, Disclaimer.

Title: Disclaimer

Author: Renée Knight

Pages: 336

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 978-0062362254

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

I've read a staggering number of excellent books recently, and it has done things to my head. I'm not sure the human brain was meant to read so many brilliant books in such short order — even less sure that swinging my reading-pendulum from Hannu Rajaniemi's collected science fiction stories to Naomi Novik's sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel is at all wise. By all rights I should have tumbled into Uprooted feeling disoriented and confused, dissonant and harsh in my criticism — but no. Uprooted has leapt forward to claim the title of Best Book I've Read Yet This Year.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin drowns out the voices in her head with W. Bruce Cameron’s audio whodunit The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man.

Title: The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

CDs: 9 (11 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

ISBN: 978-1427261458

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back to Siesta Key for Blaize and John Clement’s latest Dixie Hemingway mystery, The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers.

Title: The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers

Author: Blaize and John Clement

Pages: 288

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 978-1250051165

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

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin makes a horrifying move with Adam Nevill’s No One Gets Out Alive.

Title: No One Gets Out Alive

Author: Adam Nevill

Pages: 628

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 978-1250041289

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

In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.

A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin reminisces about young love with Sarah Tomp’s My Best Everything.

Title: My Best Everything

Author: Sarah Tomp

Pages: 241

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316324786

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

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A famous fictional conflict in children's literature has a happier ending. Tomorrow is the day "Harry Potter" fans know as the date of the Battle of Hogwarts. And there is evidence the boy wizard's power might extend beyond the book.

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