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March 15, 2018 – 12:52 am | One Comment

Coincidentally, without even thinking about how March is women’s history month, I’ve been mostly reading books and watching movies and TV shows written or directed by women and featuring strong female protagonists.
I’ll write about the …

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Book Review: WHERE AM I NOW? by Mara Wilson

October 17, 2016 – 7:36 pm | One Comment

Mara Wilson shot to fame when she was five years old, after playing Robin Williams and Sally Field’s daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire. That led to her stepping into Natalie Wood’s shoes in the remake of …

Squirrels and Kittens and Gators—Oh, My!

October 10, 2016 – 10:48 pm | 10 Comments

Today is pub day for Laura Benedict‘s The Abandoned Heart, and I’m happy to welcome her back to PCN. She’s the nicest twisted person I know, as evidenced by the creepy post she wrote for me …

Nerdy Special List October 2016

October 9, 2016 – 9:30 pm | 3 Comments

Need something to take your mind off all the ugliness in the news these days? How about checking out the books on this month’s Nerdy Special List? Our contributors have diverse and excellent taste so I hope …


October 6, 2016 – 6:44 pm | 8 Comments

Though I was less than impressed with The Girl on the Train in book form, I like the talent associated with the movie, especially Emily Blunt, who plays Rachel, the titular character. So I went …

Nerdy Special List September 2016

September 11, 2016 – 11:04 pm | 4 Comments

I’ve seen many fall-books list in the last couple of weeks, but they all seem to have the same five books on them. Well, WE’RE RECOMMENDING ALL DIFFERENT BOOKS.
(I’m not punchy, just hungry. And tired …

Movie Review: SULLY

September 8, 2016 – 9:36 pm | 2 Comments


Like many people, I thought I knew what happened on January 15, 2009 with US Airways Flight 1549, which Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River about 3 minutes after takeoff from La Guardia Airport. A bird …

Not Too Long Ago, In a Place Not So Far Away…

September 5, 2016 – 7:42 pm | 6 Comments
hb day

This past Saturday, I got to do something I’ve long wanted to do: see John Williams perform live, conducting the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

I did not come dressed as a Star Wars character, …

Book Review: THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena

August 28, 2016 – 6:20 pm | One Comment
couple next door

At the outset of Shari Lapena’s first novel, Anne and Marco Conti are enjoying a rare night out at a dinner party next door. Their babysitter canceled at the last minute, so the Contis have …

Nerdy Special List August 2016

August 4, 2016 – 9:25 pm | 4 Comments
last days of night

Happy Friday, everyone! At least, I think it’s Friday. I’ve locked myself in the den this entire week because it’s too hot to go outside, and—wait, wasn’t I wearing these same shorts yester…anyway, my point is, …


August 2, 2016 – 8:55 pm | One Comment

I didn’t know much about the squad when I went to the screening, and had avoided all the trailers, so I was open to whatever. I just wanted to be entertained.
And I was, by some of it, …

Book Review: MISSING, PRESUMED by Susie Steiner

July 28, 2016 – 9:48 pm | 4 Comments
missing, presumed

Beautiful Cambridge grad student Edith Hind goes missing, leaving behind her belongings, including her passport and phone. There’s also blood at her home, and the door wide is open.
Investigating Edith’s disappearance, Cambridgeshire Detective Sergeant Manon …

Book Review: COLLECTING THE DEAD by Spencer Kope

July 21, 2016 – 9:33 pm | 2 Comments
collecting the dead

Spencer Kope’s Collecting the Dead introduces Magnus “Steps” Craig, who works in the FBI Special Tracking Unit as the “human bloodhound.”
Steps has the synesthetic ability to see touch, i.e., he can spot the traces people …

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