I always start a book with the intention of finishing it. Mostly, I do, although it may take awhile and I’ll be reading other books in between. That happened with Amanda Coplin’s first novel, The Orchardist (HarperCollins, purchased...―
Before I immerse myself in the 700 pages of Justin Cronin’s The Twelve, which pubs Tuesday, I thought I’d round up the rest of what I’ve been reading, going back aways. I was surprised how much I liked Fiona Neill’s What ...―
At the beginning of Attica Locke’s atmospheric novel The Cutting Season, a cottonmouth the length of a Cadillac falls from a live oak during a wedding at a restored plantation. “It only briefly stopped the ceremony, this being ...―
What fun! Or should that be “ffun?” Jasper Fforde doubles readers’ pleasure with two new books — the seventh entry in the Thursday Next series and the first volume in a young adult series. First, Next. In The Woman Who Died ...―
Is Edith the new Jane? Going by the old feature writing rule — twice can be coincidence but thrice is a trend — Edith Wharton is posed to become the latest literary cottage industry a la Jane Austen. This summer, two first-time authors ...―
I have a doozy of a book hangover, the definition of which I posted on Facebook last week: “Inability to start a new book because you are still living in the last book’s world.” The culprit this time is Tana French’s new...―
Alan Furst’s historical espionage novels unreel like classic black-and-white films, so it’s fitting that Frederic Stahl, the hero of Mission to Paris (Random House, digital galley via NetGalley) is a handsome Hollywood actor. Loaned ...―
It’s not so much a case of “he said, she said” in Gillian Flynn’s stellar Gone Girl (Crown, digital galley via NetGalley) as “he lied, she lied.” Nick admits early on that he favors lies of omission, while his ...―
I’m not sure why I put off reading Code Name Verity, the new historical novel from Elizabeth Wein that was published last month. I’d heard good things about it, and I’d had the galley for awhile. But a story about two English girls ...―
Before the waves of summer books come crashing on successive Tuesdays this month, here are some titles that already have landed for your TBR pile. Brandon W. Jones’ All Woman and Springtime (Algonquin, review copy) follows two North Korean...―
I love having raw quick things in the fridge for snacks. Want something sweet? It’s ...
The time is upon us to be tan and fit. I love this time of year. The best way to get ...
Crock pot cooking is perfect for anyone on the go go go! Well here is a great dinner that ...