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This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
The cover photograph of Sally Mann’s memoir, Hold Still, shows the author as a prepubescent tomboy, airborne against a gray expanse of sky. She …

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THE KILLING Starts Again

April 2, 2012 – 1:33 am | 3 Comments
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So, did you watch the season two premiere last night, or are you still holding a grudge about last season’s finale? This post contains SPOILERS so you might not want to read further if you …

Fantasy Island

March 29, 2012 – 10:34 pm | 12 Comments
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I’m on vacation. Can you guess where I am?
I’m reading Driven by James Sallis (sequel to Drive) and Getaway by Lisa Brackmann becase it’s a thriller that takes places during a woman’s vacation in …

Book Review: THE PROFESSIONALS by Owen Laukkanen

March 26, 2012 – 11:42 pm | 8 Comments
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After graduating from college without promising job prospects in the troubled economy, four friends decide to kidnap an anonymous, rich businessman for a modest ransom. Their reasoning:
“You get a junior VP at a Fortune 500 …

THE HUNGER GAMES: A Movie Discussion from Three POVs

March 26, 2012 – 2:05 am | 24 Comments
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Life’s been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to blog in about a week, a fact that probably only three of you noticed. But I managed to finish my work on time last Friday …

Book Review: CLAWBACK by Mike Cooper

March 19, 2012 – 10:15 pm | 5 Comments
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This review originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
When Wall Street’s worst-performing financiers start dying in suspicious ways, financial “consultant” Silas Cade—who happens to be a black ops vet—is hired …

Book Review: BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French

March 14, 2012 – 5:49 pm | 3 Comments
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This review originally ran in Shelf Awareness for Readers, and is reprinted here with permission.
Nicci French’s Blue Monday is the first novel in a new suspense series featuring Frieda Klein, an insomniac London psychologist who does …

Book Review: STARTERS by Lissa Price

March 12, 2012 – 9:20 pm | 6 Comments
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This review is by my YA contributor, Mena Dolinh (aka my niece), 10, who’s no slouch in her pop culture knowledge.—PCN
This book is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Callie who decides to become a starter. …

TV Review: GCB

March 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | 4 Comments
Potts & Bibb

Are y’all watching GCB Sunday nights on ABC? Would it help if I told you it stands for Good Christian Bitches, which was the original title (based on Kim Gatlin’s novel of the same name) …

Adventures in the Real World

March 9, 2012 – 12:21 am | 9 Comments
Mine, ALL MINE!!

I’ve been quiet this week partly because of work (editing Brett Battles’s The Destroyed, among other things), and partly because certain recent events made the Internet explode in anger and ugliness that just wore me …

Winner of Cristina Alger’s THE DARLINGS

March 5, 2012 – 3:15 am | One Comment

The name selected by Random.org was:

Sheryl

Please use this contact form to let me know where you would like Penguin to send the book. If I don’t hear from you by noon on Wednesday, March 7, …

Book Review: BLEED FOR ME by Michael Robotham

March 2, 2012 – 2:20 am | 3 Comments
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The novel begins with a diary entry by a girl named Sienna about how she cuts herself because “when i bleed i feel calm and clear-headed. it’s like the poison inside me is dripping out. …

AMERICAN IDOL S11: Top 12 Girls Perform

March 1, 2012 – 12:26 pm | 4 Comments
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Once again, guest blogger Poncho breaks down Idol as only he can.—PCN
Before I start bashing the girls, I have to dedicate a little rant to dear ol’ dawg Randy Jackson: Stop with the freaking name …