Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Anna watched the sea. There was a feeling she had, standing at its edge: an electric mix of attraction and dread. What would be exposed if all the water should suddenly vanish? A landscape of lost objects: sunken ships, hidden treasure, gold and gems and the charm bracelet that had fallen from her wrist into … Continue reading Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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Book Review: The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

It was already plain to me that Mr. Shue was the spitting image of trouble, and that my girl would likely come to regret becoming wife number three. Expertly researched and richly crafted, The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb imagines the story behind The Greenbriar Ghost—one of the American South's most chilling and perplexing murder … Continue reading Book Review: The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb

Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

He picked up the penny, squeezed his eyes shut as hard as he could, and wished Dad was gone. Just like that. When he opened his fist, the penny was still in his hand. He heard the distant rumble of thunder in the San Gabriel Mountains. It would rain soon. Max suddenly felt bad. He … Continue reading Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann

Book Review: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker

Belief, memory, fear— these things hold you back, weigh you down, stop you moving. And I need to get moving. I need to stop thinking about this stuff. That’s what Harvey would say— stop thinking, keep moving. But it’s hard to stop thinking when there’s nobody else but you and a candle and an old … Continue reading Book Review: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker

Books and their iconic meals- via Reader’s Digest

Check out these 6 photographs of place settings from some classic novels. This is just a sampling from Dinah Fried's book Fictitious Dishes. Read voraciously.

Book Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Mina, saved by her father through his magical abilities, giving her a heart of glass and Lynet, whose life is owed to a magical marriage of snow and blood must come together to break the bond of patriarchal control that threatens to suffocate their bright and extraordinary spirits. Mina has been told her entire life … Continue reading Book Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Book Review: The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Good People are cunning when are not merry. The do what pleases them because they serve neither God nor Devil, and no one can assure them of a place in Heaven or Hell. Not good enough to be saved , and not bad enough to be lost. In Hannah Kent's second novel, The Good … Continue reading Book Review: The Good People by Hannah Kent