Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2013, Pt. 2: Fiction from Kelley Armstrong to Paul Yoon

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Armstrong, Kelley. Omens: A Cainsville Novel. Dutton. Aug. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780525953043. $26.95. FANTASY In this launch of a new series from the author of the hugely popular “Otherworld” books, wealthy, 24-year-old Ivy Leaguer Olivia Taylor Jones is happily engaged when she discovers that she is adopted—and that her biological parents are serial killers imprisoned […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2013, Pt. 4 & Jul. 2013, Pt. 1: Greer, Keneally, Walls, and More

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Evanovich, Stephanie. Big Girl Panties. Morrow. Jul. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780062224842. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062224866. lrg. prnt. CD: HarperAudio. POP FICTION Rather too zaftig after turning to food for comfort during her husband’s illness and death, 32-year-old Holly Brennan is chagrined to be occupying the plane seat next to Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to star […]

Fiction Previews, Jul. 2013, Pt. 1: Nine Debuts from Butler’s Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love to Zambrano’s Lotería

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Butler, Sarah. Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love. Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). Jul. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9781594205330. $26.95. LITERARY Unconventional Alice, the youngest of three sisters and a frequent traveler to far-off climes, returns home just in time to say good-bye to her dying father, with whom she’s never been close. Daniel, who’s been […]

The Uninvited, The Bookseller, Brain on Fire, and a Few Colorful Lies | Books for Dudes

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It’s December with temps in the 30s; I guess autumn really is over. I had fun extending my triathlon season into October, but all good things must end, including the only book I really sat down with over the past few months, Color Stories by Benjamin Moore (covered below). I relied on my minions to […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2013, Pt. 1: Caputo, Koppel, Mead, Meyer, Robinson

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Caputo, Philip. The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to Deadhorse. Holt. Jun. 2013. 520p. ISBN 9780805094466. $28; eISBN 9780805096965. MEMOIR What connects the mainly Inupiat children on snow-swept Barter Island off Alaska’s Arctic coast and the children of Cuban immigrants on Key West? As Caputo realized while visiting Barter Island […]

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, October 26, 2012

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The stress of surrogacy in a gay relationship, secrets from World War II are revealed to an unexpected ending, musician siblings encounter American GIs in 1942 Australia

Downton Abbey–related Reviews | October 15, 2012

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Reviews of Fay Weldon’s Habits of the House and Elizabeth Wildhide’s Ashenden from the Oct. 15 issue.

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, September 28, 2012

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A gift from Tiffany’s, supernatural and horror combine, a tour de force second novel, and a seafaring tale for Patrick O’Brian fans

Sartorial Splendor: Falling into Fashion | The Reader’s Shelf, September 15, 2012

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Every outfit tells a story. These stories tell of outfits.

Barbara’s Picks, Mar. 2013, Pt. 1: Hamid, Hemon, Haruf, Oates, & More

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Hamid, Mohsin. How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Mar. 2013. 240p. ISBN 9781594487293. $26.95. LITERARY FICTION The title could come from one of those get-rich-quick books that the young and ambitious eat up, and in fact Hamid imaginatively uses that genre’s format to shape his narrative. But this is […]

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