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Can You Keep a Secret?
Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?" blew me away with its wit and humor. There were times when I roared out loud with laughter and there was a ...more
May 19, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
Karen White's The House on Tradd Street is part romance, part ghost story, part mystery. The narration of this novel grips the reader with its beautif ...more
Nov 04, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
Gods Behaving Badly
Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. What would the ancient gods of Greece and Rome do in today' ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles, #1)
Quite a number of today's urban fantasy books toy with the vampire myths and werewolf stories to modernize them and make them more relevant. When I st ...more
Oct 08, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune, #1)
Sandrine Salome finds her world upended by her husband, Benjamin, and even as she flees to Paris from New York, she is haunted by her own ancestry in ...more
Mar 18, 2015
Nov 10, 2014
Testimony by Anita Shreve, which will be released on Oct. 21, was such a surprise in my mailbox from Hatchette Group's Miriam Parker. Thanks, Miriam! ...more
Oct 19, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
The Lotus Eaters
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli takes place in Vietnam between 1963 and 1975 and becomes a journal of Helen Adams’ evolution into a photojournalist f ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
The Weight of Heaven
Thrity Umrigar's The Weight of Heaven is a heavy with grief, emptiness, and struggle. The Bentons (Ellie and Frank) lose their son, Benny, at age seve ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn is the last book in the Twilight series and is a jam packed book of 750 pages. Edward and Bella are some of the best c ...more
Aug 16, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
The Robot Scientist's Daughter
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey, which will be on tour with Poetic Book Tours this month, is a collection that blends invention ...more
Mar 18, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir
The best teachers are those that give of themselves freely to their students and their craft, and with reference books available on various ways to wr ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Baker's Daughter
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy is a novel told in a number of different points of view and spans several time periods, including the final year o ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Jane Austen's First Love
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James takes readers back into Jane Austen’s teen years, between the time she is a young girl free to play and the ti ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 30, 2014
City of Thieves
City of Thieves by David Benioff, which was the May book club selection, is set during WWII on the Western front of the war between 1942 and 1945, tho ...more
May 09, 2012
May 02, 2012
The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation
"MJ: Everybody's funny bone is the same color, isn't it? We are all the same, really. I have seen that a lot." (Page 258)

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Nov 16, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Into the Beautiful North
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea on audio was a delight, especially with the voice and passion of Susan Ericksen. Nayeli is a young girl ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of those classics that defines an author. Set during the 1920s just after WWI, Jay Gatsby is a mysterio ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Seduction (Reincarnationist, #5)
Seduction by M.J. Rose shifts from the present day to the 1850s as Jac E’Toile uncovers more of her family and Malachai’s secrets, as well as the conn ...more
May 09, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist, #4)
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose continues the search for the 12 memory tools that Malachai Samuels continues to search for as part of his res ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Dien Cai Dau
Yusef Komunyakaa‘s Dien Cai Dau is another collection of Vietnam War poetry. The poet, who received the Bronze Star and edited The Southern Cross, ded ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 21, 2008
Ariel by Sylvia Plath is a collection that she crafted near the end of her life, before her suicide, according to the forward by Robert Lowell. These ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a young adult novel set in the future after the collapse of the world and its rebuilding by The Capitol. To maint ...more
Jul 08, 2009
Dec 29, 2008
Song of Napalm: Poems
Bruce Weigl’s Song of Napalm is another collection of poems dealing with the impact of the Vietnam War. Robert Stone says in the introduction, “Bruce ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Jul 30, 2008
Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean, #6)
Normally, I don't review children's books, but I've made an exception (yes, they do happen). I remember buying a set of Ivy + Bean books for The Girl ...more
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 15, 2009
Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer
Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer by Lisa Pliscou is an unusual biography in that it is written from the perspective of a young girl, the now famou ...more
May 30, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds, a debut novel by Kevin Powers, is a powerful look at the confusion soldiers experience while abroad during the Iraq War between 2004 ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting: An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden
The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Josie Jeffery is a reference guide that not only helps first-time gardeners understand the principa ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
A Dangerous Affair (Liberty Lane, #2)
Caro Peacock's A Dangerous Affair: A Novel of Victorian England is an advanced reader's copy I received through the HarperCollins First Look program a ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
My God, What Have We Done?
My God, What Have We Done? by Susan V. Weiss combines two seemingly divergent topics under one roof — a marriage and the making of the atomic bomb — a ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris does not read like a debut novel, but like a well-engineered corkscrew ride through the African heat and the deep rec ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
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