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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell -- Jan 2018 giveaway

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell — Jan 2018 giveaway

What I love most about Patty Yumi Cottrell’s writing: the sudden moments of humor within the bleakest of moods: A little self-knowledge can be a very productive thing, I said to no one. I am a very productive person, I said as I opened the windows of my shared studio… read more

December book reviews: End of year reads

December book reviews: End of year reads

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini (Doubleday 2017) “Everyone said where they were and what they… read more

December giveaway: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

December giveaway: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Melanie in La Mesa, Calif.! *** When I think of the ’90s, I think Nirvana, Beverly Hills 90210, and long stretches of childhood boredom. But Chiara Barzini’s debut novel reminded me that the ’90s was actually a rather violent and volatile time in Los Angeles,… read more

November book reviews: A prince, a duchess, and a Harley rider

November book reviews: A prince, a duchess, and a Harley rider

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco, 2007) “That sensation of things-falling-away. Once the ice begins to crack,… read more

November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

November giveaway: The Night Language by David Rocklin

*** Winner selected! Congratulations to Shawn in Red Wing, Minn.! *** Political drama. False identities. Forbidden romance. David Rocklin’s new novel, The Night Language, contains all of these, but is at its heart a quiet — and unexpected — love story. After all, there aren’t too many novels starring black… read more

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

October book reviews: Where lieth freedom?

Brief reviews of books by contemporary authors I read this month — along with photos of what I ate while reading. The list is ordered by the level of my enjoyment: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1985) “I hunger to commit the act of touch.” *… read more