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Marked (House of Night #1)
Oh, I liked this book SOOOOOOOOO much better than the Stephanie Meyer series--these kids are smarter, more diverse, less whiny and far more intersting...more
Oct 30, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
The Gargoyle
This is a most unusual tale. It is the love story of a severely burned ex-porn star and a schizophrenic sculptor on it's surface. Which is interesting...more
Aug 30, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Handle with Care
I haven't read anything by Picoult in a few years, and I had forgotten how brilliant she is at blending multiple voices throughout a hefty, impressive...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
The 19th Wife
This book is rather unusual because it's actually two books in one. One of the books is a well researched historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza You...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
The School of Essential Ingredients
***oops--I misposted this review with the wrong book earlier this week. Sorry! I'm blaming holiday craziness!

This is a glorious book. It's about food...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
Chosen (House of Night #3)
This series just keeps getting better and better. The Casts are fearless about adding new dimensions to their beloved characters. I admire the creativ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
A Reliable Wife
This book, the #1 IndieNext list pick for April 2009, is an infinite loop of love turning to hate and hate turning to love and what all that kinetic p...more
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 03, 2009

This book smashed into my heart like no other, and I freely admit that I sobbed uncontrollably through the last 25 pages or so. This is a story of gre...more
May 25, 2011
May 29, 2011
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
One day Laura Schroff, a busy ad exec, was walking down a street and barely registered a small boy ask her "Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare cha...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Zone One
I have, by design and general constitution, largely avoided the whole zombie craze. It's just not my thing. But when a publisher's rep came cloyingly...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
The Household Guide to Dying
Don't let the title fool you, or at least read the whole title, which continues "a novel about life". Because that's certainly what it is. The main ch...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Well and the Mine
This book, Phillips' debut novel, came out last year on Hawthorne Books, which has now belongs to Penguin, who will be re-releasing it sometime in the...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Betty Crocker's Cookbook
I have a dozens cookbooks, but I have to say that this one is the one that gets pulled out most often. It's tried, true and a dear friend to me in the...more
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Jun 09, 2008
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
I am soooooo in love with this book! Josh is an ex-drag queen and writer turned advertising maven, Brent is "Dr Brent" on The Martha Stewart Show. The...more
May 16, 2010
May 29, 2010
The Testament of Mary
Wow, expect to hear a lot about this novella. Colm Toibin, author of Brooklyn and The Empty Family, has taken on Mary, Jesus' mother in a brilliantly...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
I could NOT put this book down. That is no exaggeration. This book is riveting and beautiful. It's about how a mother's love can make the world magica...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Raven Stole the Moon
This is a slightly updated re-release of Stein's first novel originally published in 1996 and out of print for some time. Don't expect any Enzo-like c...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
Secrets of Eden
I had the privilege of getting to read a very early, pre-final-edit manuscript of this book, and I am SO glad, because now I can be among the first to...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Labor Day
This is only a bound manuscript at this point, but I believe it's scheduled for late summer 2009 publication.

I haven't read anything by Maynard before...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
House of Earth
I've spent the last couple of days lost in the 1930s Dust Bowl, specifically on the Texas plains. It's a hard, nasty place to be, but it was enlivened...more
Feb 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death
I spent 3+ years a decade and a half ago taking care of my dying mother. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book--it was a difficult time that I'm ge...more
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
I love reading debut novels because I want to find the next awesome author that's going to shake up the reading world. And that's what is going to hap...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
February might be a short and bleak month, but this year we have the debut of a new, unstoppable, hilarious, hard hitting crime fighting duo--Bernie a...more
Nov 14, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
The Kept
This debut novel is a powerhouse of a time and place that shows very little mercy to anyone. The frozen land is just as much of a character as is 11 y...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
70 authors came together to tell their stories. Most are about being bullied. Some are
about being the bully. Some are about not stopping a bully or he...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
Ready Player One
This is 384 pages of pure '80s geekfest fun, turbo injected and ready to bogey to every video on the brand new MTV. I spent my whole teens in the 1980...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Last Testament: A Memoir by God
You know about God's credentials, so I'll just tell you about David Javerbaum. He has a masters degree in irreverence after being a head writer and ex...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
The Night Strangers
I've been reading Bohjalian's books for years now, and they are always well worth the time to curl up and enjoy them. But with this new one, for the f...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Little Bee
This book is painful and beautiful and bound to be HUGE. Little Bee, a Nigerian girl who fled after the murder of her whole village by oil men, ends u...more
Nov 22, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Gone Girl
If you hate unreliable narrators, this book is not for you. But if you like a deliciously tangled, multifaceted and nuanced mystery, this is the book...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
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