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Book Review

Gathering Prey Is John Sandford at His Best

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.01.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

For some unknown reason John Sandford's skills as a writer have been revitalized lately. He has been writing mystery/thrillers forever but with his last few books he has been back as good as he ever was, even at the beginning.

Bettyville: A Writer Returns Home to Care for His Ailing Mother

Mindy Trotta | Posted 04.30.2015 | Books
Mindy Trotta

Whether you grew up in New York City or Iowa, you cannot help but see commonalities in this mother-son relationship. At its core, Bettyville is about elder care, but it is just as much about family and all the infuriating, frustrating, and wonderful warmth that goes with it.

The Bone Tree Is Part Two of a Sweeping Southern Saga

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

When The Bone Tree ends you immediately wonder when the third book will be published. It will be a while so just savor the sweetness of a good story brilliantly told.

'Every Fifteen Minutes' Has One Twist Too Many

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Writers love to keep their readers guessing, and this novel starts out telling us there is a sociopath in the story somewhere. We don't know who he/she is until the ending but we know this person is lurking in the corners waiting to pounce.

'Kiss of the Jewel Bird' Is Like Mining for Gold

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Dale Cramer has written many worthwhile novels in his career, but none of them has possessed the ridiculousness or the brilliance of Kiss of the Jewel Bird.

'The Voices' by Michael Dennis Browne: An Appreciation

Peter Clothier | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Peter Clothier

I'll continue to wander amongst The Voices. As with all good books of poems, there will always be many places to visit, some of them quite dense and difficult thickets, others -- suddenly, surprisingly -- quite transparent and clear.

'The Stranger' Is Not Up to Coben's Standards

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The new book is good and suspenseful and enjoyable, but compared with the best of Coben it is second rate. Blame the author; he set the standard too high.

Teaching Students Happiness and Innovation

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

As educators and parents, we know that our kids will create the future. What skills should they be learning at school and at home to help them along the way? Ferry offers new ways of thinking about parenting and education and the values our children need to attain.

The Pocket Wife Provides an Overabundance of Storylines

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Pocket Wife is a new novel by Susan Crawford. It is a story that mystifies while it entertains. The heroine of the story is a woman who is bipolar, and this disorder affects her memory as well as her ability to distinguish what is real and what is not.

Claire Fallon

The Stunning Domestic Thriller Every Language Lover Should Read

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Books

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum Random House, $26.00 Published March 17, 2015 The Bottom Line is a weekly review combining plot description a...

What Stories We Tell. Why They Matter.

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Current readers should be aware of what stories are being told and packaged by New York publishing houses and engage in healthy skepticism. Looking beyond the glossies, readers can find gems like Vernita Gray.

Green on Blue: Tour de Force Novel on War-Torn Afghanistan

Tim Stone | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Tim Stone

Green on Blue, a stunning debut novel by decorated veteran Elliot Ackerman, conveys not only the contradictions and duplicity of the war in Afghanistan, but of war itself.

Book Review: The Best Resource Directory

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

The Best Resource Directory is a terrific buy for any prisoner or their loved ones. It's chock-full of listings and contact information for a huge number of resource vendors for prisoners and their families.

Book Review: I Think You're Totally Wrong

Joel Drucker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Joel Drucker

Over the course of four days, authors David Shields and Caleb Powell engaged in a dialogue about a spectrum of topics related to art, family, sports, sex and the many life choices we all make (whether we admit it or not).

The Never Open Desert Diner Is a Literary Serendipity

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Sometimes you pick up a book you know nothing about, read a few sentences and are immediately hooked. Such is the case of The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson. This is Anderson's first novel and it is a great one.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Review: American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Chris Appy's American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity is a book-length essay on the Vietnam War and how it changed the way Americans think of ourselves and our foreign policy.

Grippando's Cane and Abe Is Too Similar to Gone Girl

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

James Grippando has a new novel out and for him it must be the best of times and the worst of times. Its the best of times because his story, CANE & ABE, is being compared to GONE GIRL.

Thriving With Arianna Huffington -- A Must Read

Garrick Estick | Posted 04.09.2015 | Books
Garrick Estick

After reading Thrive I developed a healthy "attitude" and vibrant outlook on my life. I remind myself to appreciate all that is God given and be thankful for all my blessings. It has deepened my faith and instilled how important it is to always be kind and humble.

Book Review: Spice by Jenna Jameson and Jaime Schmidt

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Kristin Battista-Frazee

Spice offers a quick, fluffy read that features interesting sex scenes and it kept me reading to the end to find out what happens next. If you're expecting this to be a great literary work or Hemingway, you will be disappointed. Just accept it for what it is, like a juicy episode of Young and the Restless, and enjoy the read.

Crash & Burn Is Lisa Gardner's Most Complex Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.28.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Lisa Gardner pulls out all the stops in her latest novel, Crash & Burn. There are so many muddled characters who try to make sense of all that is going on, while there are other seemingly crazed characters who are determined to hide the truth. In short you can't breeze your way through this one.

Never Let Me Go Falls Short of Its Potential

Jesse Pinho | Posted 03.28.2015 | Books
Jesse Pinho

It began as an investigation into the social dynamics of intensely intimate and vulnerable relationships. It concluded, I suppose, as a love story set against the backdrop of worldwide apathy to human suffering.

Suspicious Minds, By Joel Gold and Ian Gold

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

If you want a deep, smart, entertaining dive into the history of mental illness, especially delusions, pick up a copy of Suspicious Minds. As Drs. Joel and Ian Gold remark, "Today's delusion is tomorrow's headline."

Last Look at Hillary's Book

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Books
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

Whether by accident or by design, Hard Choices doggedly makes the case for the person to lead us who is best placed to deliver more democracy, more freedom and more peacefulness the world over -- and it doesn't hurt that she has the biggest, most diverse rolodex on the planet.