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Hope, Friendship, and Intrigue: Nine Books to Keep You Company this Fall

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Whether you are looking for something to restore your faith in humanity, spend some time with friends, or be immersed in a world of mystery and intrigue, here are some titles to keep you company this fall.

Charles Martin Scores Big With A Life Intercepted

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Charles Martin. Mark that name down in your head as it is one you are going to hear more and more about in the literary world. Martin is the author of ten novels including his latest A Life Intercepted and with each book his talent is more pronounced.

Book Review: Twelve Stones

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Christopher Zoukis

Twelve Stones is not a story of how, through determination and sheer rigid will, Ms. Carole conquered Life and made it subservient to her. It's not a tale of self-actualization. Nor is it an example of spiritual mugging.

Palmetto Moon Is a Lowcountry Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The questions of the book are whether or not Vada can escape the clutches of her parents and her fiance, and if she can find happiness with the humble man who truly loves her. The answer to these questions might not be as obvious as they appear.

Fethullah Gulen's Maxim: Live So That Others May Live

Emre Celik | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Emre Celik

Gulen places a great importance on the interdependence of individuals, communities, nations and systems on one another. Each fundamental unit within any system plays a role and has an inexplicable effect -- small or great -- on every other unit within such a system.

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff: A Book Review

Melissa Webster | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Melissa Webster

The Smell of Death, is a laugh-out-loud behind-the-scenes look at the stark realities of touring small town Europe among frozen turds, haunted hotel rooms, questionable promoters and accommodations.

'A Better World' Is an Interim Book

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The story reads like science fiction and is constantly introducing themes and premises that are hard to comprehend. The Marcus Sakey who authored this story is not the same Marcus Sakey who charmed us with earlier stories such as GOOD PEOPLE and THE AMATEURS.

'One Kick' Introduces Readers to New Chelsea Cain Characters

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.23.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Suspense writer Chelsea Cain has set aside her stories about Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan in order to create a new set of characters. In her latest novel she introduces her readers to Kick Lannigan and John Bishop, two characters who are guaranteed to hold your interest.

Thelonious Rising Is a Story of Boy v. Hurricane

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.15.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Katrina was an event that still is affecting people's lives so there are many survivors out there waiting to see if Richards was true to the event and its aftermath. In my opinion she did a great job of recreating the times and the terror of this raging hurricane.

A Spy Among Friends: Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Peter Clothier

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, by Ben Macintyre is a gripping account of that period, beginning in the 1930s, when bright -- and privileged -- young people on both sides of the Atlantic looked with empathy at the post-Depression plight of the working classes and thought to find in communism an answer to injustice, poverty, and war.

Hard Choices in a Time of Extremism

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
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 this person has the biggest, most diverse rolodex on the planet.

Erika Marks Helps Us Hold On to Summer With It Comes in Waves

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

In order to totally enjoy the book the reader has to understand the actions of the four people involved. This is where the book faltered for me.

DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS Gives Readers a Chance to Meet Amanda Kyle Williams

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Book Review Jackie K Cooper DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS by Amanda Kyle Williams ...

The Heist Provides Readers With a Perfect Visit From Gabriel Allon

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.17.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Summer offers many nice things. Among them are trips to the beach, cookouts with the family, visits from old friends. It is especially nice when the visit from an old friend is one involving Gabriel Allon, the Israeli master agent created by Daniel Silva.

Q&A With Elizabeth McCracken About Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck & Other Stories is a national treasure. The stories in Thunderstruck brim over with both magic, and the despair that follows devastating loss.

All the Birds, Singing: Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 09.14.2014 | Books
Peter Clothier

Wyld's prose is as muscular, sinewy, unsparing as this remarkable character. It has the precision of poetry, but without adornment, unnecessary wordage, or concession to literary conceit.

Remnants of a Life on Paper: A Mother and Daughter's Struggle With Borderline Personality Disorder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I knew the outcome of the Remnants of a Life on Paper, having heard it from the mother, Bea Tusiani, whom I met recently for the first time at a psychiatric meeting in NYC. Yet this book was still a page turner of a memoir -- written, compiled and told with utter candor and generosity by a mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter.

COP TOWN Proves Karin Slaughter Is One of America's Best Writers

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.08.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Karin Slaughter is a great writer. She proves it with every new book she writes. She is great; she is unique; she is profound. Her latest novel COP TOWN proves all of these facts.

9 New Books Destined To Become Classics

| Posted 07.02.2014 | Books

Originally posted on Kirkus. How soon is too soon to call a recently published book a modern classic? Just because critics praise a new book and re...

Out of Sight

Roz Warren | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Yale student and aspiring actress Nicole Kear learned during a routine eye exam at age 19 that she had an incurable progressive eye disease (retinitis pigmentosa) and would be blind by the time she was 30. There was no treatment available.

The Stories We Tell Is the Book We Have Been Waiting For Patti Callahan Henry To Write

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.24.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Henry strikes a chord with her readers because she bares her heart and her soul in her works. Still there was always an indication that Henry was capable of creating something bigger, better and more compelling.

So Far 'I Am Pilgrim' Is the Best Book of 2014

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.21.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Last year I stumbled on to a book by William Kent Krueger titled Ordinary Grace. It turned out to be the best novel I read that year. Now I have stumb...

Karen White's A Long Time Gone Flows With the River of Life

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.09.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

There is a rhythm to the writing of Karen White. It has a pace, a beat, a cadence that is all its own. It creates a flow of words like a river surging forward from the first page to the last page. This is certainly the case with White's latest novel, A Long Time Gone.

Mary Kay Andrews Charms Us Again With Save the Date

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.03.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The entire book turns upon Cara's successes and losses in the world of business and romance. And it is all told with the charm and beauty we have come to expect from Andrews.

'4 Funerals and a Wedding': A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

For those whose life horizons are drawing near, the book teaches about how to let go, not just of life but of the people who will survive you. It speaks to finding your voice to be able to live as you need to, not how others may need you to be. It speaks to how to say goodbye in ways that give needed closure to a life, for all involved.