What if I told you that being a librarian had ruined me as a reader? Well, it would be a lie. Mostly.
I love all sorts of mysteries, and most of the ones I read have a murder case central to the plot. I also love a good heist, a smart con, and, sometimes, I crave intrigue in a library or on a college campus. If you're ready for a mystery sans corpse, take a look at these five crime novels.
Thirty years ago, nine-year-old John O'Leary was rushed to the emergency room. As he lay in a hospital bed, he frantically wondered if he was about to die. He had suffered burns covering 100 percent of his body and was given less than one percent chance of survival.
Woody Allen is not an angel. As his third and current biographer, I can attest to it. That does not mean he is a pedophile who molested his and Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, as a child.
A haircut from a head hunter?
Originally published on Kirkus.
Camus's broad appeal can be attributed to his elevation of ethics over politics, and individual decision-making over collective ideologies. By searching for meaning in the face of life's absurdity, his essays and novels provide a moral framework that can be applied to everyday situations.
She and her "merry band" enter with the eye of a theater director -- they examine a company's human dynamics -- how the colleagues work together -- what they fight over and why -- anything that gets in the way of a good production -- like it's a play.
I watched the excellent biopic, The Queen the other night and was struck by the exacting rules of behavior one is to follow when in the presence of the queen of England: bow or curtsey when you meet her; never turn your back to her. A little War of Independence waged in me every time the characters marched through these formalities. I imagined myself meeting Her Highness with my hand audaciously outstretched. I'm just that much of a rebel.
The idea for a gay men's book group has been a victim of its own success: there are now so many men who want to come that a cap is sometimes put on the number invited.
Loss affects us all, no matter who we are in the world. Loss is also unique to the individual in that it touches our lives in different ways.
If you're like me, there's something funny that happens when you make your dreams come true. I've always been self-motivated with an innate drive, so when my book was finally published after five slow years,
Ann Leary's latest novel, The Children, delivers the same page-turning story telling and complexity of characters as her last book, The Good House, which will soon to be a film starring Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro.