IN THE BLACK What's Really Important
I recently had the opportunity to read the book When Work & Family Collide by Andy Stanley. With the busyness of our lives now, more people are having difficulty finding enough time for both the... Posted on 2/14/12 at 11:59 AM
HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY "Lie Down With Lions"
If people knew how hard some writers work, they wouldn't think writing a novel was such a cool gig. Ken Follett is one of those writers who put in the time and effort to get it right. "Lie Down With L... Posted on 4/7/11 at 8:57 AM
FAR SIDE OF FIFTY Book Review: News To Me by Laurie Hertzel
Today on my blog, I review a newly released book by Laurie Hertzel. I met Laurie a number of years ago and I have been following her blog and her adventures writing this book. It has been a real treat... Posted on 8/11/10 at 11:52 PM
ON MY MIND 29Gifts - a giving challenge
Several weeks ago I read about a new book titled "29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change your Life."
Not long after that, I spotted that book on the new book shelf in the Washington Cou... Posted on 1/3/10 at 5:35 PM
Let’s get one thing out of the way: I admire Sahar Delijani for taking on post-revolutionary Iran as the subject of her debut novel, “Children of the Jacaranda Tree.” It is a tough topic to tackle, especially for a novelist trying, as Delijani does, to explore the emotions involved in what is simply not a very black-and-white subject.
Each summer, Awesome Authors students tour the Grand Forks Herald offices. They visit with many Herald staff members to learn about their jobs. This year, the Awesome Authors were invited to write reviews of some of the new and/or popular children’s books from their school library.
Laura Knox and Melinda Lavine
, August 04, 2013
Patricia Falvey, who was born in Northern Ireland and now splits her time between there and Dallas, makes a strong fiction debut with “The Yellow House,” a stirring romantic drama set during the nascent period of “the troubles” that tore Ireland apart throughout the 20th century.
“Fantasy In Death” is the latest of Eve’s compelling murder cases ... and is another opportunity for fans to conjure their own fantasies about her rich, powerful, sexy and outrageously handsome husband, Roarke.
The story is set in 1981, after the crippling Arab oil embargo of the 1970s and the resulting boom of Houston’s petroleum industry. At a time of growth and prosperity, Porter is exceedingly paranoid. Weary of the police, he keeps three guns nearby, including an unregistered .22 under his pillow.
Question: What does the editor of The Washington Post do when he retires?
Answer: He publishes a novel.
Second question: How true to real life at the Post, a newspaper that has uncovered some of the great scandals of our age, is this book?
EGF Campbell Library
-- “7 Money Mantra For a Richer Life: How to Live Well with the Money You Have,” by Michelle Singletary, provides answers to the financial issues that confront almost every household; how to teach children the value of money; how to address money issues in a relationship or marriage; household saving tips, getting the best loans and much more.
My father was the manager of a store in which chairs were strategically placed for those dutiful souls waiting and waiting, and waiting and waiting for shoppers. Such patience is the most exhausting work there is, or so it seems at the time. This poem by Joseph O. Legaspi perfectly captures one of those scenes.
Sixty years ago, Paule Marshall published “Brown Girl, Brownstones,” an autobiographical work of fiction about a young girl growing up in the Barbadian community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, during World War II and after. It’s a wonderful New York novel, dramatizing the aspirations and disillusionments of its immigrant characters and ringing with the cadences of West Indian talk. (It calls to mind two very different books, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “A House for Mr. Biswas.”)
EGF Campbell Library
-- “The Secret: Unlocking the Source of Joy & Fulfillment,” by Michael Berg, reveals life’s essence in its most concise and powerful form. Berg begins by showing you how our everyday understanding of our purpose in the world is literally backwards. “The Secret” teaches the reader how to free yourself from unhappiness and gain the joy of fulfillment that is your true destiny.
For a preview of the spring lineup, we looked around and came up with this sampling:
“Mistress Shakespeare” by Karen Harper (Putnam, $24.95): One of the great mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare was his marriages, or lack of same. Historical documents point to two possible marriages — one to Anne Hathaway of Stratford, the other to Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton. Here, the author imagines the intrigue and danger that surround the playwright’s “marriage” to Hathaway, as “narrated” by the woman herself. Rich in history and speculation.
Reporter Terese Collins left Myron and subsequently disappeared from the public eye. Now, she needs to know why her ex-husband Rick, an investigative reporter, has been murdered and what secret was he about to reveal. That secret will plunge Myron, his violent best friend, Win Lockwood, and Teresa in a crazed chase across France and England.
A move from the big bad city of Boston to a quiet small college town in Iowa may not sound exciting but it does sound safer. A new town, a new house and a new job are chances for fresh starts.
But Barry Award-winning author Sean Doolittle expertly makes the relocation of college professors Paul and Sara Callaway a claustrophobic lesson in fear in “Safer.” The author of four superior paperback originals, Doolittle’s debut in hardcover delivers an invigorating look at obsession, manipulation and personal boundaries.
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