Kelly's Reviews

While longtime admirers of Stevie Nicks won’t find any new revelations within these pages, the book is still a lovingly crafted biography about the goddess of rock. Respected music biographer Stephen Davis (who cowrote Fleetwood with Mick Fleetwood) follows all the heartbreaks, drama, drugs, and magic that fueled Nicks and her songwriting. Gold Dust Woman documents how Nicks used her talent to create the life of fame and success in which she continues to reign. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781250032898
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 21st, 2017

Not for the squeamish, this historical look at female serial killers removes the rose-colored glasses often applied when studying the “fairer” sex. Showing how these murderesses used polite society’s biases to their homicidal favor, Tori Tefler creates colorful yet compassionate retellings of fourteen of history’s most cunning killers. Perfect for My Favorite Murder podcast fans. - Kelly

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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

I am so excited for the release of this book! Any self-professed wordsmith or etymology nerd should be, too. Paul Anthony Jones looks at 100 words in the English language that have surprising or silly origins (think “tiddlywink”) and traces their journey from their intended use to the definitions we now know. These bite-sized lessons are sure to spice up your small talk and keep you endlessly entertained. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781681775692
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 3rd, 2017

This fantastic book stayed with me long after I first read it. A lesbian couple, both of them engineers-turned-spaceship-hijackers, attempts to join a pirate crew for gold and glory (and to escape the crushing unemployment of the future). The catch? The pirates are being held hostage by a homicidal AI, and the pair are given a suicide mission to destroy it. A new sci-fi must-read for fans of Becky Chambers’s award-winning Wayfarer series (The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet). - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781481476874
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Published: Saga Press - October 31st, 2017

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created an edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes, this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

The World of Tomorrow is a dazzling debut written with the same frenetic pace as the boozy jazz age in which it’s set. Three Irish immigrant brothers are reunited in prewar NYC—under terrible circumstances—right before the World’s Fair. Entertainment abounds as our rotating protagonists stay one step ahead of trouble. With a serpentine plot that never loses its thread, and a payoff worth the page count, it will thrill fans of Michael Chabon. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780316382199
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 5th, 2017

In her atmospheric and steady burn of a novel, Ami McKay pulls as much from historical notes as she does from whispered lore to spin a supernatural web. Two seasoned witches apprentice a young woman who isn't fully aware of her powers, but things don't go as any of them plan. Settle in with a cuppa and be transported to 1880s NYC, where witchcraft is an alluring taboo and an undeniable force in each characters' lives. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780062359926
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 11th, 2017

The quintessential book for lexophiles and logophiles! Lexicographer Kory Stamper takes readers on a delightful tour of Merriam-Webster’s hallowed cubicles and shows us how dictionaries are created and edited. Full of charming, hilarious, and never-pedantic anecdotes—including how in the world the word “irregardless” earned a spot in the dictionary—this is fantastic for any wordsmith. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781101870945
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

An epic fantasy that kicks off a trilogy perfect for fans of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. In a world where magic is criminalized, young Davian discovers he possesses a long-forgotten power. Along with his friend, he embarks on an incredible, expansive journey to stop a terrible evil. With such extraordinarily immersive world-building, you won’t want the trilogy to end! - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780316274074
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Published: Orbit - May 9th, 2017

A zany look at the dark and elusive world of psychopaths -- how to spot them, how we've tried to cure them, and how they've managed to infiltrate some of the most powerful positions in the world. Investigative journalist Jon Ronson adds the perfect amount of his trademark humor to an otherwise horrifying topic. By the end, you'll be giving everyone some serious side-eye. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

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