A Reviewer’s Conundrum: The Rising

November 24, 2015

Occasionally, reviewers get books that we hope beyond hope we won’t have to write a negative review. This is not to say we don’t want to write a negative review; the challenge is the subject matter. In The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town, by Ryan D’Agostino, the […]

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Giada De Laurentiis: Happy Cooking – Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out

November 12, 2015

The sign of a good book is from the moment you open the cover you know exactly who you can share the book with and know they will have a similarly positive experience. I believe this applies to just about all books. That said, I have just discovered what it means to have a great book […]

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Beth Thomas Cohen: Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting!

November 5, 2015

This is going to be a different type of review – more of a spotlight, really. I was given an opportunity to review Beth Thomas Cohen’s new book Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting! – I took it. To my dismay, I received an uncorrected galley. For those of you who have never seen one of […]

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the Satellite Sisters: You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship

October 21, 2015

I’d never heard of the Satellite Sisters until I was offered the opportunity to review their book, You’re the Best, on sale October 27th, 2015. If you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting them, I’d suggest brewing a nice cup of coffee, sit down with your device in your favorite comfy chair, go to: satellitesisters.com […]

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J.D. Horn: Shivaree

October 17, 2015

J. D. Horn’s newest foray into the paranormal world is due out on November 15, 2015. The book is titled, Shivaree, and will most certainly take revenge on the enemy in a way few will expect. I’m a fan of Horn’s storytelling technique. He has a knack for easy reading without getting too immersed in […]

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Women And The Clichés Of The Literary Drunkard

September 17, 2015

I was drawn to the article below due to its mention of Dorothy Parker, as I really enjoy all things Dorothy Parker and Algonquin Roundtable – its probably more the time period than the actual people, though I really admire Parker’s bluntness. Most everything I’ve ever read about Parker – and I assure you, I’ve […]

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The Self-Appointed Moralist of America: Jonathan Franzen

September 16, 2015

So…until the last quarter of the article, I had no idea it was a lead in for Franzen’s new book, Purity. I’ve never read Franzen’s novels, anything I have read by Franzen sort of seemed like a bit like he was speaking to hear himself speak. In hindsight, I think maybe I’ll pick up one […]

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Shakespeare, A Stoner?

September 15, 2015

This is completely and utterly one of those nonsense articles in that there is nothing conclusive at all. That said, doesn’t it seem more likely than not when you really sit down and think about the effects (good and bad) drugs and alcohol has had on some of our most prolific and/or beloved authors? For […]

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Michael Crichton: State of Fear

September 4, 2015

Two days ago, I was putting the finishing touches on the warm fuzzy feelings I had about the book stack I’d just plowed through, when I decided I’d look through what Kindle had in the cheap book recommendations for me. I was surprised when I found a Crichton novel for $0.99; I was even more […]

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A Book Stack Full of Insight

September 3, 2015

I just had a wonderful week of reading a small book stack recommended by one of the teenagers in my life. Before I get into the books, I want to spend a tiny bit of time pleading with parents to read with their children/kids/young adults. One can learn a great deal about someone by checking […]

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