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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:08

Hope, faith and friendship - 'The Guineveres'

Debut novel a powerful, beautifully-written effort

As readers, we all have authors, styles and genres that sit in our respective wheelhouses. These are the books with proven track records in our eyes, ones that we can feel confident about going in.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:13

The I of the storm - 'Hag-Seed'

Atwood novel an exploration of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

William Shakespeare is the literary GOAT. Not a particularly controversial take, to be sure, but one in which I strongly believe. The Bard is the best and no one will convince me otherwise.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 11:46

Worst. President. Ever'

Book explores the less-than-stellar legacy of James Buchanan

At a time when Americans are struggling with their choices for the next President of the United States, it only makes sense to take a look back into history and remember those past leaders who haven't necessarily wrapped themselves in glory.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:52

An unauthorized autobiography

Norm Macdonald's 'Based on a True Story' weird, wildly entertaining

Be honest whenever you see the words 'based on a true story,' you immediately start wondering just how much of what you're about to read/watch/listen to can be considered truth. Truth is a funny thing, particularly in the realm of biography or memoir; our memories tend to recall actual events with a surprising amount of flexibility.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:42

The mystery of faith - 'The Wonder'

Historical novel taut, thoughtfuland terrific

There will always be those who believe in miracles. So too will there always be skeptics. And sometimes, there are skeptics who are charged with decrying (or verifying) those miracles.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:28

Baby on board - 'Nutshell'

McEwan novel features unique narrator

There are few things more disheartening to a reader than a literary device gone wrong. While there's something admirable about trying to write outside the box, the reality is that most of the time, said efforts result in work that is gimmicky or show-offy or overly self-aware. The tricks look like what they are tricks.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:25

In Such Good Company' a sweet showbiz memoir

New book peeks behind the scenes of 'The Carol Burnett Show'

The list of names that would warrant discussion for inclusion in the pantheon of television comedy is a relatively short one. And the list of women on that list would be unfortunately (and undeservedly) far shorter.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:13

A dog and his boy Toby'

Picture book looks at pet adoption

Pets can be a huge part of any child's life. There's something truly special about the relationship between kids and pets.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:30

When truth becomes fiction - 'Dear Mr. M'

Complex novel explores ramifications of fictionalization

We've all read our share of tales that are inspired by true stories. It's not surprising one of the oldest chestnuts in the literary realm is that writers should write what they know. So of course, they're going to mine their own experiences for nuggets and gems to place on the page.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 13:34

Repo redux - 'Repo Madness'

Comic mystery driven by quirky characters

Achieving success in one literary genre is difficult enough. There are thousands of writers out there working daily toward goals that only a scant percentage will actually achieve. And of those who achieve their goals and become published novelists, a tiny fraction will find a modicum of fame within the trappings of their chosen style.

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