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Memoir And Fiction Mingle In Thought-Provoking Novel

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts

For a tale of a double life, Lily Tuck’s latest novel is remarkably seamless. The Double Life of Liliane, a deeply autobiographical novel abou...

Mama Tried: Cartooning Motherhood

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Mama Tried is fun and funny - it's part memoir, part commentary, and of course part comic strip. The cartoons are what make this book so relatable and at the same time funny in way that only parents will understand (double points for twins and multiples).

'Big Magic': A Book Review

Jessica Barrett | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Jessica Barrett

The sentiments in this book are lovely, the advice sound. But I couldn't help but think that it was somewhat like one really long inspirational Pinterest post. Gilbert's personal success is what makes this book credible, and what is getting people to pay attention to it.

Crais' 'THE PROMISE' Starts Slow But Ends Good

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The start of the story is just a little bland. Cole's character doesn't grab you and neither does the plot. The various connecting stories have to gel before you begin to enjoy this story as a whole. By mid-book the reader is beginning to be hooked, and the finale is totally satisfying.

Edward Carey's Iremonger Trilogy

Monica Edinger | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Monica Edinger

I am surprised not to see more about Edward Carey's Iremonger Trilogy, the last of which --- Lungdon -- has just been published.

Vampire Literature

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Christina Oxenberg

I love Serbia and I love the lyrical language. Slowly I penetrate, lazily learning words, identifying enough so I can spy on conversations. I find the old city of Belgrade genteel as a dowager with its ancient streets and tiled, slouching village houses and balconies topped with potted red flowers.

If You Like 'Twin Peaks,' You’ll Love This Book

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts

In a small Colorado mining town -- a blip on the map -- everything is quiet. There's not much to do, except grab drinks at a local bar, where footbal...

Connelly Gives a Different View of Bosch In 'THE CROSSING'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.08.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

This book does have one distinction in tone from all the others. In past stories there has been a despair surrounding Harry, an aura of melancholia he can't shake.

You Are What You Yelp

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts

Hotels of North America sounds like a reference book you’d find only in a dusty travel agent’s office. In Rick Moody’s latest ...

Faye Kellerman Tries a Little Tenderness in 'The Theory of Death'

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Faye Kellerman's The Theory of Death is a very serious mystery novel featuring her recurring characters Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus.

The Definitive Book Review of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World And Me

Kelley Calkins | Posted 10.27.2015 | Comedy
Kelley Calkins

Overall, Between the World and Me would make for a powerful addition to any bookshelf, lap, bedside table, hand, or desk. Its masterful lettering, mostly monochromatic jacket, and appropriately thick pages are a treasure to behold.

Scottoline Wrote CORRUPTED With a Cool Head and a Warm Heart

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.24.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Lisa Scottoline demonstrates she is a writer with a cool head and a warm heart in her latest novel CORRUPTED. This is because her lead character, attorney Bennie Rosato, has a cool head and a warm heart.

The Eerie New Novel Every Horror Buff Should Read

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.23.2015 | Arts

David Mitchell has become known for what he referred to in an interview with The Huffington Post last year as “episodic, polyphonic head-mangle...

Good Advice For When You Get A Bad Review

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.22.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

If I'm feeling a bit too confident and need an instant dose of humility, I read some bad reviews about my latest book. This self-inflicted pain is sure to temporarily destroy my positive attitude and slaughter the pretentious belief that I am a writer.

11 Books That Will Change Your Perspective On Mental Illness

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Pat Peoples has just checked out of a psychiatric hospital and is obsessed with exercise. He doesn't remember how or why he ended up in the hospital; ...

Lynn Cullen's TWAIN'S END Is a Joy To Read

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 10.10.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Lynn Cullen is a remarkable writer. Her readers get to have a first hand view of the latter years of Samuel Clemens' life. It is presented through the eyes of Isobel Lyon, his secretary/companion during this time. Cullen captures all this in her latest novel TWAIN'S END.

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Women And Hair

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.08.2015 | Arts

Hair possesses a power to elevate or destroy that every woman struggles to harness. When I saw a copy of Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untan...

This Epic New Book WILL Make You Cry. But It's Worth It.

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts

A Chechen soldier sits at the bottom of a ditch -- large for a well but maddeningly small by any other standards that should be met by a life-providi...

Slaughter's 'PRETTY GIRLS' Requires a New Level of Praise

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.27.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

PRETTY GIRLS is one of the year's most fascinating stories, told with the creatively inventive touch of a true master of suspense. It is also a story that will stay with you for a long time after you have closed its pages.

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges By Jen Mann

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Fans of the Throat Punch queen will relish in the new installment of funny and irreverent essays that feature stories of Mann's childhood from her White Trash Doll House to her epic fashion debut in all neon.

MAKE ME Works Better As Part of a Series Than As a Stand Alone Book

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

For those of us who come to the series at this late date it appears a lot of information about Mr. Reacher has already been disclosed and the reader is supposed to know it. With this limitation a new reader will find this book thin on characterization but heavy on plot.

Compelling New Book Unravels The Boundary Between Truth And Fiction

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.18.2015 | Arts

The original draft of Valeria Luiselli’s sophomore novel was first read aloud to factory workers at the Grupo Jumex factory near Ecatepec, Mexi...

Review: The Shepherd's Crown

David Kudler | Posted 09.17.2015 | Books
David Kudler

It is difficult to know whether the elegiac mood I felt while reading The Shepherd's Crown was due to the book itself or to the fact that the fifth Tiffany Aching novel (and forty-first Discworld novel) was in fact the late Sir Terry Pratchett's final work.

'The Murderer's Daughter' Is Not Kellerman at His Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Jonathan Kellerman is world-renowned for his excellent mysteries concerning psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. This time out, however, he writes his new novel about another psychologist, Dr. Grace Blades.

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.