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Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is not actually by Lizzie Pepper, who’s a fictional celebrity, but by Hilary Liftin, a ghostwriter who has collaborated on bestselling celebrity memoirs. But Movie Star is a novel. Confused …

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Fashion Roundup: The Met Gala 2012

May 8, 2012 – 12:45 am | 4 Comments

On Monday night, some of the biggest stars in Hollywood and the fashion world attended the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala in their fanciest duds. Some of the outfits were duds in another …

First Impressions 5.4.12

May 4, 2012 – 1:14 am | 6 Comments
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May the Fourth be with you! You know I had to get that out of the way.
Now, for this week’s First Impressions, let’s add something new. After reading the following opening passages, leave a comment …

Movie Review: THE AVENGERS

May 2, 2012 – 11:25 pm | 6 Comments

My greatest concern about having so many superheroes crammed into one movie was that it’d be a disjointed mess, but Joss Whedon has managed to justify—for the most part—each character’s presence in The Avengers, and …

Inside Classic Films

April 30, 2012 – 1:44 pm | 11 Comments
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Late last night, Deadline.com reported that Warner Bros. Digital Publishing will be releasing a series of eBooks that contain shooting scripts for classic films, with loads of extra content about each movie. The four announced …

First Impressions 4.27.12

April 27, 2012 – 1:54 am | 10 Comments
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Another Friday, another sampler of opening passages from books in my TBR pile to see which ones grab your attention right away.
For your perusal this week:
Long Gone by Alafair Burke, Harper, out June 19
Second Acts: …


April 23, 2012 – 2:59 am | 5 Comments

If you walk through the memoir section in bookstores, chances are you’ll find books by people who have no business writing a memoir, such as a twentysomething reality-show star whose biggest life struggle so far …

First Impressions 4.20.12

April 20, 2012 – 1:15 am | 11 Comments
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Last week I got several votes to make this a regular feature, so I’ll once again feature the opening passages of three upcoming books to see a) which ones you would read based on the …

Why Write the Great American Novel When You Can BE in One?

April 19, 2012 – 3:05 pm | 15 Comments
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I saw this on Twitter this morning via @PenguinLibrary and thought it was such a fun idea, I had to share. Flavorwire had written an article about a service called U Star Novels that will …

Book Review: GETAWAY by Lisa Brackmann

April 17, 2012 – 11:53 am | 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a little getaway to Morro Bay on the central California coast. I packed too many books as usual, but the one I decided to read was Lisa …

First Impressions 4.13.12

April 12, 2012 – 9:34 pm | 13 Comments
what comes next

Last Friday I did a post on the opening passages of the books I was reading. I received positive feedback from readers who enjoyed those glimpses so I decided to do it again this week.
When …

Blatant Self Promotion

April 12, 2012 – 2:20 pm | 6 Comments

Yup, I figured I’d put that right in the post title so you know what you’re getting into. I’d understand completely if your eyes are rolling backward or are already more glazed than a Krispy …


April 11, 2012 – 2:30 am | 17 Comments

In the midst of all the controversy last fall surrounding the National Book Foundation announcing a wrong nominee for the National Book Award in its YA category, it seemed to me the author who actually …