Sophomore Triumphs | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2016


Second novels can be tricky. Will the buzz surrounding a first splash be repeated, or will that sophomore effort turn out to be a one-hit wonder? Here are six titles that shine as much as the debuts that preceded them.

Fiction from Brafman, Gross, Ivey, Krueger, Rimington, Wiggs, and Debuter Paris | Xpress Reviews


Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind | The Reader’s Shelf, January 2015


Playing a part in fiction, weather is an element that can infuse a novel with an icy punch, a damp slap, or a languid shimmer—as the following six novels ably prove.

Twenty Great Reads for National Reading Group Month


A little birdie today told me that October is  National Reading Group Month (NRGM), an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). That little birdie (aka Michigan librarian Marika Zemke) also took a year-long hiatus from reviewing for LJ to read, discuss, and debate some 50 books via a private blog with 22 other […]