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

Brain on Fire

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 […]

Fiction Previews, Mar. 2013, Pt. 1: Ann Hood, Marisa Silver, Fowler on Zelda Fitzgerald, & More

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Fowler, Therese Anne. Z—: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781250028655. $24.99. HISTORICAL FICTION Fowler won an LJ star for her 2008 debut, Souvenir, settling comfortably into fraught contemporary relationship territory and finding herself compared to Jodi Picoult. Here she does something entirely different, reimagining the tumultuous life of the […]

Wyatt’s World—Real Women in Fiction

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Historical fiction has many pleasures—lushly conceived settings, perfectly realized detail, and the chance to delve beneath the sometimes dry facts of history and mine its story-rich possibilities. Often, the genre’s pages are full of imagined characters in historical settings, but sometimes they are filled with true-life characters; individuals who created or witnessed history long ago. […]

Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 1: Chevalier Goes American and Shubin Sees the Universe Within

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Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2013, Pt. 1: Chevalier Goes American and Shubin Sees the Universe Within

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