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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.

The Bottom Line: 'Fates And Furies' By Lauren Groff

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.09.2015 | Arts

A older woman lazes in a bathtub, her legs splayed out before her in an X. She reflects back on her life -- the triumphs and disappointments, big an...

Book Review: "Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!" Edited by Shannon Day & Tara Wilson

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Martinis & Motherhood Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! published by Tipsy Squirrel Press and edited by Shannon Day and Tara Wilson is the newest additi...

Book Review: Just A FEW People I Want to Punch in the Throat By Jen Mann

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Fans will enjoy this slim edition that can be read in under an hour.

Photo Book Review: Jon Ortner's Peak Of Perfection

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.04.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Disclaimer: This post may contain NSFW images Images (c) Jon Ortner Jon Ortner opens his book, "Peak of Perfection" with an exquisite introduction, ...

Where the Souls Go Is a Multi-Generational Saga About Strong Women

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Hite's story spans the years from 1925 thru 1993. The moments of these women's lives flit back and forth rather than being laid out in a linear manner. This can be confusing for the reader but it does allow for certain mysteries to remain unsolved until the end of the book.

'Waking Up', by SAM HARRIS: A Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Peter Clothier

It surprised me to find this book by Sam Harris so helpful in my own search for a deeper meaning in life; and I was more surprised still to discover, halfway through, that Harris's path had led him to the study and practice of Dzogchen Buddhism -- into which, thanks in good part to McLeod's book, I have been delving in my meditation practice.

The Oyster War: Part 3 -- Scientific Misconduct

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

It is indeed a long and complicated story, but Brennan continues to get it wrong. Scientific misconduct is the intentional misrepresentation of facts. Did the Park Service intentionally misrepresent its own facts? Brennan says no. You be the judge.

Koryta's Last Words Exists in a Cold, Dark Place

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.28.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Koryta uses the elements of the winter in Indiana to add chill to his story. Then he overlays that with any reader's feeling of claustrophobia by taking Novak deep down into the bowels of the earth. These isolated areas of tight space and total darkness play to all of our darkest fears.

The Oyster War: Part 2 -- Fiction As Fact

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

Several weeks ago, I posted a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published, book reviews and interviews with the author show the repetition of false narratives that are not driven by facts.

Book Review: Dear Stephanie by Mandi Castle

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

There is a trend in writing these days that casts female protagonists as unlikable and not relatable. Frankly, I am not a fan of this trend. And so it goes that with Dear Stephanie, I had very low expectations.

THE DEVIL WINS Is a Worthy Continuation of the Jesse Stone Series of Stories

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Coleman takes the story of the mystery behind the murders and runs with it. Having taken over the reins of an already hugely popular series, you would think this new author might be a little insecure. He isn't.

Book Review: Order of Seven By Beth Teliho

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is a dazzling and thrilling story of mystery and self discovery as told through the female protagonist, Devi Bennett, a teen with fascinating supernatural powers.

4 Books Gayle King Can't Stop Talking About | Pam Masin | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

O magazine's editor at large recommends an inspiring story on how curiosity can change your life. Plus, she shares the books that made her think and p...

The Bottom Line: 'Eileen' By Ottessa Moshfegh

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts

A passionate new friendship might be a lifeline for the troubled young woman at the heart of Eileen. But not in the way she hoped.  If you&rsquo...

The Investigation: J. M. Lee and The Lost Korean Poet

Steven Petite | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Just as World War II ended in 1945, the Korean War began. It's lead up caused by the recent global war that divided Korea into North and South, and also from the rising tensions of what would become the largest mind game of a war in world history, the Cold War.

The Oyster War: A Parallel Universe

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Corey S. Goodman

The book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan is subtitled "The True Story..." If only it were.