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One Breath Away

One Breath Away

Heather Gudenkauf‘s latest novel of suspense, about a nearly unspeakable subject, grabs the reader from page one. This is Gudenkauf’s third novel, after The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden, both very successful. She has a fun article, “The Rules for Suspense Writing,” up on Publishers Weekly. GUDENKAUF, Heather. One Breath Away. 370p. Harlequin. 2012. [...]

Reporting on US from the Inside

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco form a team that is hard hitting as well as provocative, insightful as well as careful with detail. Neither journalist has ever been shy about taking a side in the story he is reporting and with the material here, side-taking is an essential [...]

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

The Black Count

Tom Reiss’s childhood fascination with the novels of Alexandre Dumas led him to read Dumas’s memoirs. He was blown away by the superhero-like adventures of Dumas’s father and determined to uncover his larger-than-life story. In an interview with CBS News, Reiss states, “As an equal fan of history, superheroes, and adventure stories, I was enthralled.” Why [...]

The Other Half of Me

The Other Half of Me

British author Morgan McCarthy’s debut novel centers on two children, a brother and sister living in an ancient Welsh country mansion, isolated, neglected by their mother and wondering at the mystery of what happened to their father. As they grow up, they confront generations of family secrets. Chapter one is available on Barnes & Noble. * [...]

American Gypsy: A Memoir

American Gypsy

Oksana Marfioti (née Kopylenko) has succeeded in writing a funny and creative coming-of-age memoir, one that encompasses the immigrant experience, an inside look at Roma culture, and one doozy of a dysfunctional family. (Her father moves to the U.S. hoping to play with B.B. King but ends up telling fortunes and performing exorcisms. Quite lucrative in L.A., [...]

We Sinners

We Sinners

Hanna Pylväinen’s debut novel is about a family that belongs to the (very conservative) Laestadian Lutheran church. In a Publishers Weekly interview given at BookExpo in early June, Hanna made it clear that her book is not part of “a national conversation around fundamentalism that skews to sensationalism. It’s too easy to forget these are [...]

The Bartender’s Tale

The Bartender's Tale

Ivan Doig’s new novel graces AB4T as the starred review of the week. Recently, I wrote about the number of western novels with teen appeal, and mentioned Doig’s The Whistling Season, a 2007 Alex Award winner. The Bartender’s Tale returns to the rural setting of that novel — Two Medicine Country, Montana — where once [...]

Such a Rush

Such a Rush

The marketing tag line for Jennifer Echols’ new novel is “A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.” There are quite a few teenage girls who will fall for that one! I am going to throw up my hands and admit that I’m not sure whether this should be [...]

The Future of History

Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Authentic students of history recognize that what is past doesn’t just stand: it shifts and changes shape as interpreters armed with the present look back. And those same interpreters look back from a landscape shaped by that same set of events, circumstances and changes created by that history. [...]

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

In his latest outing, Graham Joyce offers up the story of a 15 year-old girl lured away by fairies. What is so interesting about this particular fairy tale is how grounded it is in English village life and the characters involved. The effects of both Tara’s disappearance and her sudden reappearance 20 years later are [...]