It’s the summer of 1945 and, in a big old house in a North Carolina mountain town, 10-year-old Helen is under the guardianship of her 22-year-old cousin Flora. From just that outline, I thought I knew what would happen in Gail Godwin’s...―
My friend Dean recently banned the use of the old Yogi Berra saying “deja vu all over again” because it is misused and overused, cliched and redundant. But when I first started reading Kate Atkinson’s kaleidoscopic new novel ...―
As a hospice volunteer, Joanna knows the importance of moments. Her own checkered past has led her back to the small North Carolina town of Fulton, where she made peace with her daddy and now records the last thoughts and words of the dying at the...―
Keeping secrets, telling lies, they require the same skill,” says former FBI agent Brigid Quinn near the beginning of Rage Against the Dying (St. Martins, digital galley), an engrossing first mystery from Becky Masterman. Brigid is willing ...―
Sometimes I think I want to go back to school. Not ordinary school-school but someplace exotic, like Hogwarts or Brakebills. Wexford, the London school in Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath (Penguin Young Readers, digital galley),...―
I had the perfect excuse to put off packing this weekend to go back to Edisto — I was reading Beth Webb Hart’s engaging new novel, Moon Over Edisto (Thomas Nelson, purchased e-book), which is set on the South Carolina lowcountry island ...―
So…I wrote a book. It's something that I've always wanted to do and want to do more of in the future so I figured I may as well just go and write the first one so that I can keep moving forward. Know what I mean? In fact, that's kind of ...―
Peter Robinson’s series detective Alan Banks has little in common with David Baldacci’s Army Special Agent John Puller. But both the thoughtful Yorkshire copper and the cunning combat veteran face complex cases involving human ...―
I’m more than ready for the third season of Downton Abbey to begin Sunday night on PBS. I’ve watched the rerun of season 2 (that last scene of Matthew and Lady Mary gets me every time), looked at the preview clips online, tried to ...―
I love lists of books because I almost always find new titles to add to my infinite TBR list. My favorite lists are themed — best baseball novels, choice chick-lit, nifty noir tales, etc. Come December and I’m immersed in ...―
Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth (Knopf, digital galley via edelweiss) is a sly wink, a puff of smoke and a few mirrors. Pretending to write a spy novel, McEwan has gone all “tricksy” — his word, not mine — on us with a story...―
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