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'A Peach of a Pair' Is an End of Summer Hit

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Summer is winding down. The kids are almost back in school. The trips to the beach are becoming fewer and fewer. Still there is time for one more good beach read and luckily for readers everywhere we have a "peach" of a book by Kim Boykin

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Jeremy Shure

Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World C...

The Bottom Line: 'Imperium: A Fiction Of The South Seas' By Christian Kracht

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts

A book that comes emblazoned with so many glowing comparisons to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is necessarily suspect to many modern readers...

'Jordan Point' Is Another Winner From Kathryn R Wall

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Kathryn R. Wall has now written thirteen Bay Tanner novels. Her latest is titled JORDAN POINT and is full of the Kathy Wall necessities. These include an intriguing mystery, a description of the lush locale of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and another visit with the characters we have grown to love over the course of these books

Ernest Cline's 'Armada' Soars to the Stars of Sci-Fi

Steven Petite | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Ernest Cline's highly anticipated follow-up to his 2011 bestseller, Ready Player One, is just hours away from being released to the public. For whatever reason, novelists who achieve widespread critical and commercial success with their first novel are always under a microscope when a new novel is released.

'The English Spy' Is Just As Good As Expected, If Not Better

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.05.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

It's summertime and the temperature is heating up, and so are the best seller lists thanks to the arrival of Daniel Silva's latest novel THE ENGLISH SPY. Each year the warm weather heralds the arrival of another action packed thriller from Silva featuring his acclaimed Israeli operative Gabriel Allon.

In 'The Idea of Love' Lies Lead to Love

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Novelist Patti Callahan Henry knows how to brew up a good story. She picks a great setting, such as a small coastal town in South Carolina. She adds in a bright and inventive heroine. She matches her with a worthy, but flawed hero.

The Last Boys: A Book Of Photographs By Barry Marré

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Barry Marré The Last Boys by Barry Marré is a pleasant departure from many of the "gay" art books out there. Although th...

'All the Single Ladies' Is an Easy, Comfortable Read

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Frank's stories are slices of life. The women, and the men they meet, are characters the reader can relate to in the most positive way. There is no high drama here, but there is a lot of emotion involved in some of the situations they encounter.

Water From My Heart Is a Story of Love, Passion and Redemption

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Charlie Finn is not a man of strong moral character. He has spent most of his adult life working for powerful men who use him to do the dirty work with which they do not want to be involved. Martin, who is known for his morally strong characters, takes the chance of alienating some of his core base of readers. They, however, would be very foolish to desert him with this story.

Book Review: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Released in April 2015, Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel is a captivating memoir that traces the heartbreaking story of how the author and her two siblings survived abandonment, neglect, and abuse.

Cookbook Review: Farm, Fork, Food

Brian O'Rourke | Posted 05.13.2015 | Taste
Brian O'Rourke

Sometimes food can be more than spectacular. It can be inspired. Consider this array of dishes.

The Sound of Glass Is Another Winner By the Queen of Southern Fiction

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Sound of Glass is written for every person who had a loving mother; every child who had a time of doubt; and every heart adrift in a sea of emotions. It is a story that enters the eyes, goes to the brain and settles in the heart.

Girl in the Moonlight Is a Tale of Obsession

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

If you are a romantic you will devour every page of this book, for it is a love story that thrives within Dubow's pages. You might not admire Cesca and her choices but you will remember her long after the pages of her story have ended.

At the Water's Edge: A Writer's Conversation With Sara Gruen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sara Gruen author of the new release, AT THE WATER'S EDGE, shared some insight into her writing process and what lead her to set her latest novel at the edge of Scotland's Loch Ness during World War II.

Maddie Crum

The Big Problem With How We Talk About Sex And Gender | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts

As a poet, Maggie Nelson is concerned with the sufficiency of words -- their ability to accurately convey how we feel, and who we are. A...

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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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.