R.A. Clipping File — Fiction

The following titles are widely held in libraries, so I haven’t included bibliographic information.

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The LA Times profiles Lydia Millet, author of “witty and uncomfortable novels.” Her new novel, How the Dead Dream was pubbed by Counterpoint this month. It is also reviewed in the Seattle Times.

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The Barnes and Noble Review features a column by Eloisa James (An Affair Before Christmas) on “romances in which the heroines start out as naïve — and grow up as they fall in love.” The article features backlist as well as new titles (Skinny Dipping is pubbed this month).

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Entertainment Weekly reviews Celebutantes (which rates a C+. The book’s videos are not mentioned or rated) and Oscar Season (which gets a B).

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The Monsters of Templeton, “a multilayered saga [that] both thrills and delights with its poignant, breathtaking prose” goes to the head of EW‘s class, with an “A” rating.

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The LA Times reviews Meg Rosoff’s What I Was and notes that her books have been published both in YA and adult. The reviewer says she doesn’t “pretend to understand” these “publishing strategies.” But one has to wonder, if this book had been published as YA, would the Times be reviewing it?

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USA Today’s Bob Minzesheimer, praises one of my favorite debut books of the season, Beginner’s Greek. The Washington Post excoriated it last week. I guess one man’s “charming” is another’s “avalanche of annoying plot devices.” I always thought Bob had a superior eye for popular fiction. He calls it “a literary love story for grown-ups.”

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From the online New York Inquirer, which bills itself as “he hottest Alternative Weekly on the web,” a story by Andrew Bast, Editor-in-Chief, and former NY Times reporter, that looks at the book the 8-time Oscar nominated There Will Be Blood was loosely based upon.

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