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Flying Shoes: A Novel
On page 191 of Lisa Howorth's book, I put it down so noisily, I startled my husband. I explained that I had had it with this book. It made me so mad. ...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Emily Shepard vows to tell us the whole truth. CLOSE YOUR EYES, HOLD HANDS is Chris Bohjalian's profound new book that assesses the world as it may be ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 04, 2014
The Drowning House
Elizabeth Black's debut novel, "The Drowning House," is set in Galveston, Texas, in the present day with memories of the past. The protagonist, Clare, ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
Beneath a Meth Moon
I saw the review for "Beneath a Meth Moon" in the Sunday LA Times, bought the book on a Monday and finished the book on a Tuesday the same week. What ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Forgotten Daughter
Renita D'Silva inspires her readers to slow down and taste life. Her chapters shimmer with the colors and scents of the Indian neighborhoods where her ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
The Panopticon
My book of the year for 2013. A knock-out of a gut-wrenching journey through foster care.

THE PANOPTICON by Jenni Fagan is my favorite book of 2013 so
Jul 04, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
Dog Songs
Poetry speaks to me. I like the standard poets, Plath, Heaney, Auden, Housman, Dickinson, and the full canon of must-read-because-you're-an-English-ma ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Lily Love
LILY, LOVE by Maggi Myers is the story of a single-parent coping with the multiple challenges of parenting a child with numerous medical and perhaps p ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Northwest Corner
WARNING: If you haven't read "Reservation Road," then do not read this review of its sequel because it might spoil your experience with the former.

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Jun 06, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That Doesn't Exist
Imagine that you are ill, very ill, and no one believes your symptoms. Because of the lack of diagnosis, your health insurance will not pay. You feel ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
The Widower's Tale
In "The Widower's Tale," Julia Glass deftly introduces many, many narrators, each offering a portion of the intertwined stories of life in Boston's af ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Monsoon Memories
Renita D'Silva's MONSOON MEMORIES leaps into the story of an Indian family torn by a secret. The secret becomes apparent to the reader about half-way ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
His Name is Ron: Our Search for Justice
Angelenos of a certain age lived through two of the biggest trials of the 20th century: first that of Charles Manson and his followers and then that o ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
Return to the Water
RETURN TO THE WATER by John Stephens hits the right notes in a memoir of his dysfunctional childhood family and his married life/child raising crusade ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 03, 2013
Olivia, Mourning (Olivia, #1)
OLIVIA, MOURNING is part of a series.

The book begins at her dreary home where Olivia would rather stand outside in the cold than go in and be bossed
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Falling Together
We begin with three college friends, two young women and a man. It sounds like the set up for a typical love triangle romance, don't worry. There's fa ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
The Collection of Heng Souk
What a surprise this book was! Not only does S.R. Wilsher deliver the depth of fear and pain of the POW, but he also touches the heart with a family f ...more
May 27, 2014
May 18, 2014
The Stolen Girl
Renita D'Silva scores high points again for her lovely new book. THE STOLEN GIRL. Both her style and her plotting are growing as she writes her third ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
Eleven Days
Lea Carpenter debuts in a novel of unexpected subject and depth. She writes of a mother-son relationship, close and chipper, everything is fine. Until ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
Daniel Levine takes the Robert Louis Stevenson original and builds it up. He has written a long book, told mostly from Hyde's point of view. A stroke ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
Beauty's Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy
Here's a taste of Greek mythology that mixes the well-known (Helen of Troy, Achilles, the usual suspects) with the barely mentioned, Hermione, Helen's ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 13, 2013
The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son
I agree with a goodreads review that said Conroy's newest book, THE DEATH OF SANTINI, would not be interesting as a first dip into Conroy's arsenal of ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 21, 2014
The Pinata-Maker's Daughter
Book is out in Kindle and in paperback.

This review was sent in by my fan, Larry Dorrell.

The Pinata-Maker's Daughter by Eileen Clemens Granfors is a re
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Jun 15, 2013
The Sandcastle Girls
Chris Bohjalian seeks out difficult subjects. His novels are unique. His novels are passionate. His novels make the horror of violence in the world a ...more
May 28, 2012
May 25, 2012
Defending Jacob
Andrew Barber is a prosecuting attorney. He has a wife he loves and a son with a lot of potential. It's just a phase with Jacob, in his teens, surly, ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
I wrote a prequel to A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and with this experience, I was eager to gain a clearer understanding of Estella's background, her pride, h ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
Joanne DeMaio's first book, "Whole Latte Cafe," introduced me to a new author. I like the way she writes about sharp women who have real-world problem ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
Dance like no one is watching, but don't write like no one's reading! BALLROOM by Alice Simpson portrays six separate characters, each with an unhappy ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
Take Me with You
Catherine Hyde Ryan knows the minds and feelings of children. Her books reveal the inner turmoil that may be covered by a sullen or placid exterior.

Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
The Possibilities
Was "The Descendants" a book/film you loved? It was for me, and it wasn't George Clooney, who sold me on it. It was the story, the dialogue, the famil ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
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