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We have everything from edge-of-your-seat thrillers and mysteries to books on spirituality and serious academic works, and toss in a few great children’s titles.
Find it all on our Reviews page. Search notable indie titles, books by genre and even by authors whose work recalls your longtime favorites.
Holiday Gift Ideas!
With the holidays on the way, we have some great recommendations for the readers on your list.
The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music by Robert E. Price: This book about the musicians who populated Bakersfield, California, in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, developing a rockier counterweight to Nashville’s pop country music, skillfully transports readers to a time of pure American music. Read review.
Nearest and Dearest by Caroline Jolly: This romantic comedy features Effie McIver, a woman undertaking midlife dating after her divorce. Prone to drinking and over-analytical to a fault, Effie’s passion for “diabolical” Sudoku puzzles speaks to her desire for an ordered universe — but love tends to upend those ideals, creating humorous situations and a novel readers will adore. Read Review.
Tumble: The Andaman Event by Bob Triggs: In this vivid, gripping thriller, an intense seismic event west of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands triggers a larger potentially cataclysmic global disaster. When weather satellite designers link the problem to a surprising phenomenon and notify the White House, they suddenly become targeted by the people they thought they could trust. Read review.
Grace Period by Melinda Worth Popham: A middle-aged Malibu writer struggling with her young daughter’s debilitating depression and a pending divorce, Popham began a spiritual quest that eventually led her to attend Yale Divinity School. This wise, honest, and satisfying memoir of her journey recalls the writings of Anne Lamott and Elizabeth Gilbert. Read review.
The Marsco Dissident by James A. Zarzana: The first of a projected quartet, this novel is reminiscent of speculative fiction masterworks such as Ben Bova’s Grand Tour and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. It explores a near future where, after an apocalyptic war that killed billions, the multinational corporation called Marsco has essentially replaced all governments with a cyber nation. When Lieutenant Tess Miller sees how the corporation/government has manipulated and oppressed her legendary father, Marsco’s “most famous dissident,” she begins to view her world in a different light. A highly appealing blend of utopian and dystopian elements, the story is powered by fully realized characters and a meticulously described and terrifyingly believable future. Thematically profound, this is grand-scale science fiction at its best. Read review.
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall, by Aaron Safronoff: This visually spectacular all-ages story is set on the world of Cerulean, where a trio of heroic young Arboreals embark on a quest to find out why the Great Trees are dying and, ultimately, to save their failing world. An instant fantasy classic. Read review.
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