Brown, Eli. Cinnamon and Gunpowder. Farrar. Jun. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780374123666. $26. HISTORICAL Evocative title, and the plot sounds like a hoot. In 1819, the pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot kills the lord of a booming tea concern but will spare his chef, the famous Owen Wedgwood, as long as he manages to serve her an [...]
Campbell, Drusilla. When She Came Home. Grand Central. Apr. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9781455510351. pap. $14.99. POP FICTION The author of satisfying human dramas like Blood Orange and Little Girl Gone, Campbell returns with a deeply relevant story. Back from Iraq, Frankie Byrne must confront her daughter’s trouble with school bullies, her husband’s contentiousness, her career [...]
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Bradford, Barbara Taylor. Secrets from the Past. St. Martin’s. Apr. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780312631666. $27.99. ROMANCE After her famed photographer father’s death, American photojournalist Serena Stone leaves the business of dodging bullets and land mines in the Middle East and returns to New York to write her father’s biography. Alas, she must soon head to [...]
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Berwin, Margot. Scent of Darkness. Pantheon. Feb. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9780307907523. $25; eISBN 9780307907530. Downloadable: Random Audio. POP FICTION Berwin’s best-selling debut, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, was edgy, sort-of magic realism that sometimes went over the edge but was really loved by the people who loved it—it was translated into 19 [...]
Amin, Manisha Jolie. Dancing to the Flute. Atria: S. & S. Feb. 2013. NAp. ISBN 9781451672046. pap. $15. CD/downloadable: S. & S. Audio. POP FICTION Born in Kenya to Indian parents, Amin grew up in Australia listening to her mother spin out Indian folktales as her father played the flute. So you can tell what [...]