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A Reliable Wife
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick,

ISBN 9781565125964, Algonquin Books

$23.95, March 2009

With A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick has given us a rare t...more
Nov 29, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Release Date 1/27/2009, $24.00

I've just finished reading Jamie Ford's forthcoming novel, Hotel...more
Oct 2008
Oct 08, 2008
The School of Essential Ingredients
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (9780399155437, $24.95, January 2009, Fiction, Putnam) is absolutley charming and Bauermeist...more
Dec 06, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
All the Living
Wow. All the Living reads like a waking dream on a hot August afternoon. The language is a delerious mix of colloquialism and lyricism. Like Coomer's...more
Jun 20, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
The Day the Falls Stood Still

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
9781401340971, $24.99, September 2009, Hyperion/Voice

This a wonderful historical novel in the vei...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
False Mermaid (Nora Gavin #3)
In False Mermaid, Nora Gavin returns to St. Paul for Ireland intent on finding out the truth of her sister's death. It took a little longer thatn usua...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
31 Hours
**spoiler alert** Going to try something new...I've been invited to preview this one on NetGalley. I enjoyed Hamilton's Camel Bookmobile, and adored S...more
Aug 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Hannah's Dream
In Hannah's Dream, author Diane Hammond takes a snippet of news footage about an aging elephant and her keeper and expands it into a marvelous novel....more
Nov 09, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
Far Bright Star
Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead

$24.95, May 2009, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Olmstead has the ability to imagine a world, a rich fully realized...more
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
Burning Bright: Stories
These magnificent short stories center around tough choices in limited circumstances. Rash once again captures the voice of the Appalachians in stunni...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
Give Her the River: A Father's Wish for His Daughter
I read this simple yet beautiful children's book to my father in the nursing home and all the residents and nurses hovered by the door to hear it. The...more
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Aug 06, 2009
Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude
I just (and I mean just) received the copy Jim Perlman sent of Beloved on the Earth; 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (9780977945894) and have already...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
The Creator's Map
The Creator's Map by Emilio Calderon (Hardback, July 2008)

The writing in Caleron's historical novel captivates and enchants. The Creator's Map is fill...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
Italian Shoes
Italian Shoes.(978-1-59558-436-6, 4/2009, $26.95). I will be recommending to loudly and often!

Indie Next List Nomination:

Marvelous. Just marvelous. A...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Starvation Lake
Gruley enters the Mystery genre with a great story about Gus Carpenter, a journalist who almost got himself a Pulitzer and a hockey player who almost...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
As We Are Now
This is the first book I read that gave a true understanding of the frustartaions of aging. At the time my parents we still just beyond middle age and...more
Jan 1982
Jun 25, 2009
Then Came the Evening: A Novel
Reviewers compare this book to the work of Cormac McCarthy who I haven't read, but I am sure they are correct. Bandy Dorner is a man who courts traged...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese
Goat Song is written with tenderness, humor and intelligence. Kessler's writing seamlessly combines his personal experience and observations with thou...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning with Her Own Depression
Manning - a therapist - set out to write about depression not from the point of view as a doctor but as one suffering her won spiraling drop into depr...more
Jan 1995
Jun 27, 2009
Corked by Cabernet (A Wine Lover's Mystery, #5)
I love Michele Scott's Wine Country Mysteries for a quick Sunday read. Though her previous book, A Vintage Murder, was a letdown I've sort of grown fo...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
Madewell Brown
This book takes you by the hand and draws you up onto the porchan invites you into the story of Obie Poole and Madewell Brown. Madewell Brown is as mu...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
The Decatur Road
Love the cadence of this book. It was the book that turned me into a Coomer fan for life. I still reread the opening pages everyone so often for the s...more
Jan 1986
Apr 24, 2009
Swallow the Ocean: A Memoir
Laura Flynn will be in Little Falls April 4 & 5th 2009 to teach at Great River Arts Association (What's in a Word? a 2-day workshop on writing fam...more
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
Half Broke Horses
IndieNext Nomination:

Once I adjusted to the “plainspoken” style of Jeannette Walls’, Half Broke Horses, I was hooked. The narrator, Lily -styled after...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 12, 2009
The Cuckoo's Haiku: and Other Birding Poems
The bird illustrations are beautiful and so are the haikus that represent each bird. The illustrations here remind me of the drawings of birds, nests,...more
May 13, 2009
May 14, 2009
South of Hell (Louis Kincaid, #9)
Another great outing for Louis Kincaid who finds himself out of Florida and back in Michigan unofficially working a cold case. Parrish is always a goo...more
Jul 26, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
After Hours at the Almost Home
Tara Yellen has some good moments in this book and I am a fan of down and out bar stories, but this (though I finished it) is not my favorite of the g...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
The Tricking of Freya: A Novel
Although I was annoyed by the first chapter,the overly self-conscious posture of it, I read on and am glad I did. I love Sunley's characterizations, b...more
May 30, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
Loved the storyline and background, but the writing style was a bit heavy on the palette. Still, I've recommended it often with great response from cu...more
Jan 2006
Dec 07, 2008
Ragtime in Simla
I really like this series, rich in historical detail. My only quibble with this particular book in the series is that the "surprise" ending stretches...more
Jul 2008
Mar 08, 2009
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