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May 17, 2015 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

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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Review & Giveaway: THE THREE by Sarah Lotz

May 26, 2014 – 7:43 pm | 5 Comments

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
South African author Sarah Lotz’s The Three begins on January 12 in 2012—later known as Black Thursday—when four airplanes crash in …

Giveaway: SUSPICION by Joseph Finder

May 12, 2014 – 2:55 pm | 6 Comments
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I’m excited to say I get to give away three copies of Joseph Finder‘s latest thriller, Suspicion. This is just the first of several fantastic giveaways I’ll be hosting for the next month. If you’ve …

Nerdy Special List May 2014

May 4, 2014 – 11:44 pm | One Comment
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It’s Monday—are you grumpy and dragging your feet after the fabulous weekend you had? How about I cheer you up a little with the list of May releases my fellow book bloggers and I recommend? …

Book Review: CASEBOOK by Mona Simpson

May 1, 2014 – 9:04 pm |
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
At the beginning of Casebook, from PEN/Faulkner Award nominee Mona Simpson (Off Keck Road), teenage narrator Miles Adler-Hart and his twin sisters …

Giveaway: THE COLD NOWHERE by Brian Freeman

April 22, 2014 – 6:34 pm | 11 Comments
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Just popping in to give you a chance to one of three copies of Brian Freeman‘s The Cold Nowhere from Quercus. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet so the review will …

Book Review: THE INTERN’S HANDBOOK by Shane Kuhn

April 20, 2014 – 10:43 pm | 3 Comments
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This originally appeared as a starred review in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Shane Kuhn’s The Intern’s Handbook may have an innocuous title, but the titular instruction manual is far from …

Book Review: THE DISAPPEARED by Kristina Ohlsson

March 31, 2014 – 8:10 pm | 3 Comments
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
The opening of Kristina Ohlsson’s The Disappeared is one of the most disturbing in recent memory. An unnamed woman watches an …

Gillian (Anderson) Killin’ It

March 16, 2014 – 10:24 pm | 3 Comments

I was idly surfing the Internet this past weekend when I stumbled upon an interview with Gillian Anderson promoting her new TV show, Crisis, that premiered on NBC on Sunday. Network programming hasn’t impressed me …

Book Review: LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS by Harry Bingham

March 10, 2014 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
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This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Welsh Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths returns for her second outing in Harry Bingham’s Love Story, with Murders (after 2012’s Talking to …

Nerdy Special List March 2014

March 6, 2014 – 10:07 pm | 14 Comments
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Gah, the first week of March is gone already? This list is a bit late because I worked on the Oscars most of last week (see picture below) and needed to do some major catching …

Book Review: BARK by Lorrie Moore

February 25, 2014 – 10:15 pm | 2 Comments
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This review is by contributor Thuy Dinh, editor of Da Mau Magazine.
Lorrie Moore’s Bark is more like a dachshund’s whimper. An elegy to fifty-something baby boomers, this collection of short stories is listless despite the high-concept packaging: the notion of stories …

Book Review: ROMANCE IS MY DAY JOB by Patience Bloom

February 23, 2014 – 9:27 pm | 4 Comments
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This book is a testament to how much a cover can help a book’s discoverability. I rarely read memoirs and never read romance novels, but when I received a pitch for this memoir by Harlequin …