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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
As a favor for a friend, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers looks into multiple dognappings that have occurred …

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Movie Review: LES MISERABLES + Notes from Q&A with Cast and Director

December 16, 2012 – 11:50 pm | 5 Comments
Movie Review: LES MISERABLES + Notes from Q&A with Cast and Director

Full disclosure: I dislike musicals. I know Victor Hugo’s story, and liked the 1978 Les Miserables movie with Anthony Perkins as Javert and Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean, but the one time I saw the musical live, …

Winners of Jojo Moyes’s ME BEFORE YOU

December 11, 2012 – 10:13 pm | 3 Comments
Winners of Jojo Moyes’s ME BEFORE YOU

Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You is one of my top 5 reads this year, so I’m really excited to share it with the following randomly selected winners. I think you all will enjoy it. After …

Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

December 10, 2012 – 1:27 pm | 9 Comments
Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

Wow, it’s good to be back. If you visited this site over the past several days, you probably saw a “suspected malware” warning, which was extremely upsetting to me. I hired a company to scan …

Nerdy Special List December 2012 + Giveaway

December 3, 2012 – 8:45 pm | 10 Comments
Nerdy Special List December 2012 + Giveaway

 
Here’s what my blogging pals and I recommend this month, just in time for your holiday shopping!
 
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
Invisible (Bantam, Dec. 11) is Carla Buckley’s sophomore novel, and like her debut, The …

Nerdy Mad Libs Results

December 1, 2012 – 11:33 am | 20 Comments
Nerdy Mad Libs Results

Yesterday we played Mad Libs™, and below are the results, with your words inserted into a fake book review I wrote.
I thought the game would be open for at least a day, but you gave me …

Nerdy Mad Libs!

November 30, 2012 – 1:56 pm | 24 Comments
Nerdy Mad Libs!

Over Thanksgiving, I played Mad Libs™ with some friends and laughed my stuffing off at the results. I’d forgotten how fun it is, how much I enjoyed it as a child, playing with my siblings. …

Seussian Thanksgiving

November 23, 2012 – 11:12 pm | 10 Comments
Seussian Thanksgiving

For the past two decades, I’ve most often spent Thanksgiving with my dear friend Mari, who hosts a theme dinner every year. She never fails to make my jaw drop in wonderment at her creativity …

Thank You, Universe

November 21, 2012 – 11:35 pm | 2 Comments
Thank You, Universe

I have so many reasons to be thankful—the most loving family, friends more generous than I deserve—but luckily those have been true my whole life. This year, I thought I’d mention my thanks to the …

Movie Review: HITCHCOCK

November 21, 2012 – 1:55 am | 2 Comments
Movie Review: HITCHCOCK

Hitchcock (out Friday, Nov. 23), which takes place during the making of Psycho, should be called Hitchcock and Alma. Yes, we get to peek behind the shower curtain to see how the iconic movie was …

Weird Casting Conversation

November 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm |
Weird Casting Conversation

Some of you know Mr. PCN is a casting director. I sometimes help answer phones. Yesterday, I had this conversation.
Man on the line, in heavy accent: “Yes. I have Japanese ladies. You looking for Japanese …

Movie Review: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

November 16, 2012 – 4:12 am | 8 Comments
Movie Review: SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

I still have to see many more awards contenders, but Silver Linings Playbook is an early favorite. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, charming, moving, wacky, and…well, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar …

ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

November 14, 2012 – 1:04 am | 10 Comments
ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

I attended a Variety screening Monday night of Anna Karenina, and stayed afterward for the Q&A with director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley. It’s the kind of movie that benefits from such a chat.
For the …

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