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Owens’ 2018 tale of a mysterious murder and a young woman who lives in a North Carolina marsh sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. “Surprise bestsellers are often works that chime with the times,” wrote Mark Lawson in The Guardian, noting that the book, though set in the past, “is, in its treatment of racial and social division and the fragile complexities of nature, obviously relevant. But these themes will reach a huge audience through the writer’s old-fashioned talents for compelling character, plotting and landscape description.” (Penguin, $14.99)

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When her late detective father leaves Kelly Pruett a letter including a clue for an unsolved case of a young woman’s death by train, she is determined to see the case to its end. While Kelly juggles taking care of her deaf daughter and dealing with a complicated family and a controlling ex, she discovers layers to this mystery that reveal a murder and a double life.

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"Survive": Each episode of this very adult and harrowing tale is engrossing and perfectly paced. Sophie Turner stars as a young woman with sui…

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On my way into Sam's Club in Orlando, Fla., I am greeted with an offer on keys. Today, the enthusiastic young woman explains, someone will cut and program copies of my keys while I shop.

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A Sacramento teen navigating her senior year of high school in the early aughts doesn't necessarily sound like "important cinema" but that's exactly why Greta Gerwig's semi-autobiographical solo directing debut is so great. The naivete and angry restlessness of young adulthood is given a crackling form in Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a perfectly imperfect heroine who clashes with her mother and desperately yearns for something — anything — that takes her away from the familiar, whether that's a boy on the nice side of town or a college on the other side of the country. It is, ultimately, a loving look at a young woman who hasn't yet become her fully realized self and the town that, despite her best efforts, has shaped her to her core. — Bahr

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This romantic-musical-comedy-drama never fails to find insight and humor in the plight of a smart, attractive young woman who also happens to be a bit loony in matters of love. Co-created and starring the radiant Rachel Bloom, it is funny, poignant and supercharged with musical production numbers that would find a warm welcome on any Broadway stage (how DO they create and film those witty sequences week after week?).

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"You reflect on being a son, you reflect on being a father, and it's a good time. For past issues that I've had with my father, now he's passed and you kind of think of things differently. But the joy for me is being so proud of my daughter, who's now 24 and an actor in her own right, and independent and a freethinking, funny, talented young woman."

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Smart Rating: 13.91Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 7%Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 19%Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion CrockettIn a spoof of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Hannah Steele interviews entrepreneur Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) for her roommate's school newspaper. The wealthy and eligible Black quickly learns how clumsy the young woman is. As flirtation leads to attraction, Christian invites Hannah to his home and introduces her to his kinky world of S&M. Despite their different backgrounds, the new couple consistently surprise each other with how far they're willing to go to make their relationship work.

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