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They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance

They Want to Kill Americans is a wide-ranging investigation into the movements that coalesced into the January 6th insurrection and their continuing efforts to take over the government, preferably, it seems, by force. They are unified in their white nationalist disdain... Continue Reading →

It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler

It All Comes Down to This is the story of three very different sisters who come together after their mother's death. Beck is a freelance writer with kids and a seemingly happy marriage though she suspects her husband might be... Continue Reading →

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories edited by Yu Chen and Gina Kanyu Wang

The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories is an anthology of Chinese fantasy and science fiction by female and non-binary authors and translated into English. There are seventeen short stories as well as five critical essays on Chinese science fiction.... Continue Reading →

Mecca by Susan Straight

Mecca is a messy book. It spreads out past the confines of a single main character. It moves from place to place in Southern California. It shifts from first to second to third person. It sprawls, but the centrifugal force... Continue Reading →

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple tells the story of Avery Chambers, a therapist who got tired of the slow therapy that waits for people to trip over their answers rather than give them direction. She took action and she lost her license... Continue Reading →

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain's mĂ©tier is crafting a story that links the past and the present in unique ways, from a contemporary artist restoring a historic mural in Big Lies in a Small Town to time-traveling in The Dream Daughter, she has... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead pick up right where Finlay Donovan Is Killing It left off. Someone wants her ex-husband murdered. Not that Finlay has not been tempted but she really wants to be off the list of professional assassins.... Continue Reading →

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered is a fast little retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty. Normally, she is the most boring fairy tale princess as she really does nothing but sleep in her crib, reach her accursed birthday and prick her... Continue Reading →

Wildland by Evan Osnos

Wildland describes the many ways Americans lost faith in their government and society, becoming a tinderbox waiting for the arsonist Donald Trump. It begans with the attack on 9/11/2001 and continues to the insurrection on 1/6/2021, looking at the many... Continue Reading →

Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy

Desolation Canyon is the second in P. J. Tracy's new Margaret Nolan series. Nolan meets with a colleague for drinks knowing it is unwise, but did she really deserve to find a body on their date? The body is of... Continue Reading →

Hello, Transcriber by Hannah Morrissey

Hello, Transcriber is a fascinating and unique mystery featuring a transcriber, someone who listens to record police reports and types them into the official record. Hazel Greenlee is an unhappily married woman uprooted from her small-town life to live Black... Continue Reading →

Fan Fiction by Brent Spiner

Fan Fiction is a memoir like no other. Brent Spiner plays Data on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Picard. Although he has had other roles, Data has cemented him in popular culture. Perhaps that gave him the impulse to... Continue Reading →

The End of Bias by Jessica Nordell

The End of Bias: A Beginning is so much more than I expected. Jessica Nordell set out to explore the science of reducing biases such as sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and xenophobia by looking at what people are doing and... Continue Reading →

Truth of the Divine by Lindsay Ellis

Truth of the Divine is the sequel to Axiom's End, a first-contact science fiction novel I loved so much I was a bit afraid to read the sequel. Unlike most science fiction, this story takes place in the recent past.... Continue Reading →

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Husbands is the story of Nora Spangler whose on track to become a partner in the law firm where she works. She's behind after taking some time off for parental leave when their child was born. She's pregnant with... Continue Reading →

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