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The Stud Book
This is the kind of book that makes me think my own novels are pure garbage. The title is misleading. This is not porn. Well, maybe the part about the...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
The Slaves Have Names: Ancestors of My Home
Although some may call it history, I’d label this book a meditation inspired by the land on which Cumbo-Floyd lives. Formerly a plantation worked by s...more
Feb 03, 2014
Dec 02, 2013
Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness
Melanie Notkin is the author of the Savvy Auntie book, blog and brand. She champions the role of childless women as fabulous aunts to their biological...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
An Unstill Life
Livvie, a 15-year-old high school student, is having a tough year. Her sister Julie is sick, her mother seems to hate her, her best friends are sudden...more
May 13, 2014
May 14, 2014
Rending the Garment
It takes a few pages to get used to the format in this book of poems written in the voices of Schneberg’s father, mother and herself. But then magic h...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting
It took me a long time to get through this book about handwriting analysis, mostly because once you get past the initial section that offers the basic...more
Dec 17, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster
After years of hearing that we have too many people on this planet and that we have to decrease our population, here comes Jonathan Last to tell us th...more
Apr 18, 2013
Dec 17, 2012
Humor for a Boomer's Heart: Stories, Quips, and Quotes to Lift the Heart
I can't believe I have something published (pg. 58) in this book of well-known comedy writers. Bill Cosby and Robert Fulghum are here. But on to the r...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth
I thought this would be a poetry book when I bought it. Wrong. It’s a collection of essays, which mostly center on Holm’s home town of Minneota, Minne...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Birds in Fall
A plane crashes near a tiny Nova Scotia Island. The families gather at a bed and breakfast inn to await word about their loved ones. Much of the story...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
Handle with Care
Picoult’s books aren’t just stories; they’re experiences. By the end of the nearly 500 pages, you have gone through something extraordinary. I read th...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Evening Hour: A Novel
Another book that makes me doubt my writing ability. So good. This is the story of a man, Cole, and a community living in the shadow of a coal mining...more
May 2014
May 01, 2014
You know how sometimes you finish reading a book and you feel bad because there isn’t anymore? This is one of those books for me. Martin, whom we know...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
They don’t write ‘em like this anymore. I first read Rebecca as a teenager, but I remembered very little of it, and as an adult I understand it a lot...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Lowcountry Bribe
I know C. Hope Clark as the Funds for Writers lady. I had no idea she spent many years working for the Department of Agriculture in South Carolina, wh...more
May 06, 2012
May 07, 2012
Love Letters
What a coincidence that I read Mariana by Katherine Vaz a couple months ago and then came across this older book about the same subject. They both tel...more
May 2012
May 07, 2012
The Contract of Love
Now this is how you write a memoir. Jose, aka Joe, has written a love story about a man and his father. Jose’s dad, Hernando Chaves, is a crazy drunk...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Bone Worship
This first novel by Iranian-American author Eslami started slow for me. We kept changing scenes, moving between past and present, and nothing seemed t...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
This book was put together in one week to save the stories of people involved in the massive earthquake, tsunami and radiation accident that hit Japan...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories
How do I describe these stories? Although Vaz is a California native, these tales are very Portuguese.They are filled with Portuguese language and tra...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
As I close this book, I feel “shattered,” a word that Strayed uses several times. As a reader, I feel as if I have gone through an incredible experien...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life
What a delight this book is. The fun starts with the look of it, a smaller than average 4 1/2 by 7 1/4 hardback with a picture of a penguin on the fro...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
Fifteen Minutes
What is it really like to be on a singing competition TV show like American Idol? That is the question Kingsbury tackles in this Christian novel. Zack...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Childless: Reflections on Life's Longing for Itself
This is a marvelous book that covers a vast range of topics related to women who never have children. Guthrie spent many years working in television n...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World
Carroll, who previously published Families of Two, about couples living happily childfree, has put together an absolute encyclopedia about why the “pr...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
The Crying Tree
Wow. I know Naseem Rahka. I have been wowed by her readings and talks, and I have tried to read everything else she has written. But I delayed reading...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
Birds of Paradise
They seemed like the perfect family. Avis was a baker, Brian was a lawyer, and their two kids, Stanley and Felice were doing well. But when Felice ran...more
May 28, 2014
May 29, 2014
We May Choose: A Novel of California's Santa Clara Valley
This is the story of fictional people plopped into real history. Dugdale has gathered each of the threads of Santa Clara Valley’s past, offering stori...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
Murder at Cape Foulweather
If you’re looking for a little fun, here it is. Five friends who call themselves the Sun City Sluts get together with five other writers at a remote l...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Kidfree & Lovin' It! - Whether by Choice, Chance or Circumstance
I should have known. This is yet another book glorifying the childfree life. It is extremely well done, full of solid information and great resources,...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
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