While letter collections are not new, it may take a writer like Hemingway, with a larger-than-life reputation, to bring attention to their value as literary companions.
The phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” is especially true for December’s selections. Whether plunging into a gang war or jockeying to be plucked as a millionaire’s wife, the characters in these novels find themselves caught up in desperate situations. Some will turn to God and others will rely on superior firepower.
Ah, the holidays. The time of year for twinkling lights, random acts of kindness, and generosity toward one’s fellow man. Or if that sounds more like a Hallmark Channel original movie than what you have planned for December (dodging cranky shoppers, shaking off passive-aggressive comments from family members, pretending to like ugly Christmas sweaters), then […]
Librarians are immersed in an eclectic mix of new titles this month. Sarah MacLean’s wonderfully titled No Good Duke Goes Unpunished tops the list, with Adriana Trigiani’s The Supreme Macaroni Company also making a welcome appearance. Nonfiction makes a showing too, with librarians around the country trying new titles on writers and their relationships with […]
On Veterans Day, LJ book reviewer Ed Burgess (EB), library director at the Combined Arms Research Library, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and I (MH) had a conversation about Ed’s hobby: the crafting of models. We discussed Ed’s modelling particularly in relation to World War I as its centennial approaches. (By the way, you can see our […]
By Mahnaz Dar, Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Margaret Heilbrun, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Annalisa Pesek, Henrietta Thornton-Verma, & Wilda Williams Atkinson, Kate. Life After Life. Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316176484. $27.99. F Atkinson’s risk taking pays off in a novel that persuasively presents alternate versions of a single life. An English girl born in […]
By Mahnaz Dar, Bette-Lee Fox, Liz French, Margaret Heilbrun, Barbara Hoffert, Stephanie Klose, Annalisa Pesek, Henrietta Thornton-Verma, & Wilda Williams THE TITLES CHOSEN BY LJ’s REVIEWS EDITORS AS THE Top Ten of 2013 together form a picture of humanity’s struggle against injustices great and small but also kept us up late turning the pages. In […]