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Monster Mash Book Bash Oct 29-31

October 15, 2012 by  
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  I’ve never been big on the whole creepy,scary, Halloween season, but this year I’m excited to bring this awesome group of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller authors together for three days of “Shedding Light in a Dark World.” This diverse group of authors will be sharing their books and thoughts on the “Monsters” in our lives and what we […]

Wings of a Dream by Anne Mateer

October 15, 2011 by  
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Rebekah plans on leaving the farm life for the big city with Arthur once the Great War ended. In the meantime, she heads to Texas to take care of her aunt, who’s been struck with the Spanish flu. It doesn’t hurt that Arthur is in Dallas training to fly planes. When she arrives in Prater […]

Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon

September 17, 2011 by  
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Julie Salamon undertakes a daunting task: writing a biography on Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-award winning playwright. In fact, Wasserstein was the first woman to receive a Tony award, making her somewhat of a standard in theater studies. Through her plays, Wasserstein reflected the issues of the Baby Boomer woman: career, birth control, love, marriage, […]

A Stand-Up Guy by Michael Snyder

September 3, 2011 by  
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Once again, I’ve fallen for the cast of characters created by Michael Snyder: a lovable, quirky, and most definitely messed-up cast. First, there’s Oliver Miles, a comedian who starts to get some notice when he decides to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in his acts. The thing is, this […]

Pattern of Wounds by J. Mark Bertrand

August 20, 2011 by  
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Roland March, Houston homicide detective, responds to a call about a stab victim. The victim lies face down, half in a pool, killed by a knife through the heart. Something about the scene strikes March as odd: it mimics a crime scene photo of a case he closed ten years ago. The only difference is […]

Ape House by Sara Gruen

July 16, 2011 by  
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In Ape House, Sara Gruen’s follow-up novel to Water for Elephants, Gruen again finds a unique setting: a lab where scientists work with bonobo apes on interspecies communication. The scientists, led by Isabel Duncan, teach the bonobos English and sign language so that the apes can understand English and respond with sign language. John Thigpen, […]

Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce

June 25, 2011 by  
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Amy gave up her mundane job to go back to school, get her MFA, and become a published writer. Except she’s not getting published, and she’s struggling with writer’s block. In another dead-end job and disillusionment, Amy worries that she won’t live the meaningful life she’s expected herself to. Cue twenty-something identity crisis. Add to […]

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

June 11, 2011 by  
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The plot, improbable as it is: Danny, the twelve-year-old son of a logging community’s cook, walks in on his dad and his dad’s lover (Jane), whom he mistakes as a bear. To be fair, Danny’s dad, nicknamed Cookie, gave Danny a tall-tale about fending off a bear (common in the northeast region) from the house […]

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

May 25, 2011 by  
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A satire on two generations of Americans and the American dream (or, more accurately, dreams), Jonathan Franzen wrote a book that at times seems more case-study than novel. Because of this, for a good part of the book, the characters seem almost more caricature than individual. Of course, the big twist in the end is […]

Review: Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken

May 1, 2011 by  
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After years of swearing she’d never be a mother–particularly because she doesn’t want to turn into her mother, who withheld her approval from Meg–Meg longs to adopt a child. She and her husband, Lewis, adopt an older girl from China, desiring both to give Eva a home and to overcome their pasts of emotional family […]

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