Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

George Sand in Culture: 5 Ways to Celebrate Her Life and Work
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George Sand in Culture: 5 Ways to Celebrate Her Life and Work

Author, militant, journalist, political agitator, friend of musicians, lover, artist, and baroness, George Sand lived with revolutionary flair for a woman in 19th-century France. Reviled and regaled by her contemporaries, Sand is celebrated as a prolific writer and a role model for contemporary women, balancing family life, love, and a multifaceted career. On today, her … Continue reading

Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling
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Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling

Sometimes it’s not the story itself that grabs you but the way it’s told. Whether you have one narrator or many, use first person or third, enlist an unreliable narrator or simply one with a limited point of view, narrative style plays an essential role in shaping how readers connect with a story and can … Continue reading

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Jess Walter takes the title for his latest novel from a┬áNew Yorker description of fabled film star Richard Burton at the age of fifty-four. Immediately, “Beautiful Ruins” conjures visions of classic Hollywood splendor contrasted with the rancorous TMZ busts and vapidity seen in some pockets of the modern cinema scene. Walter, however, plays with readers’ … Continue reading

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

During World War II, the U.S. Government authorized the internment of approximately 150,000 Japanese Americans in wartime relocation camps. Sixty-two percent of those interned were American citizens, born and raised their entire lives in the United States. Americans with as little as 1/16 Japanese heritage faced voluntary internment. While the conditions of the camps conformed … Continue reading

The Shadowy Horses: A Roman History Mystery
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The Shadowy Horses: A Roman History Mystery

The nigh invincible ninth Roman legion marched to fight in the Scottish Borderlands and then mysteriously vanished without a trace. Archeologists have searched for centuries to find their final resting place, but the site still remains as mysterious as the Holy Grail. Enter Verity Grey. Lured to the Scottish Borderlands by the promise of the … Continue reading