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Friday, October 9, 2009

October 9, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on Bookreporter.com on Friday, October 9th.


Bookreporter.com Blog
The titles, authors and noteworthy items below were featured in Carol Fitzgerald’s latest Facebook Roundup Blog:

THE GATES by John Connolly
THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN and HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Mitch Albom
THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE and HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger
THE GIVEN DAY by Dennis Lehane
The Jane Rizzoli Series by Tess Gerritsen
HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
William KamKwamba
Frank McCourt
THE HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
FOUR SPIRITS by Sena Jeter Naslund
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd
BENEATH A MARBLE SKY by John Shors
GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar
RUSH HOME ROAD by Lori Lansens
THE AIR BETWEEN US by Deborah Johnson
THE COLOR OF WATER by James McBride
TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood
BEFORE WOMEN HAD WINGS by Connie May Fowler
FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky

The titles below are mentioned in the Bookreporter.com Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls
HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by William KamKwamba
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett


Reviews and Excerpts
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH: A True Story, by Mitch Albom (Memoir)
What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds --- two men, two faiths, two communities --- that will inspire readers everywhere. Reviewed by Roberta O’Hara and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt of HAVE A LITTLE FAITH.
- Click here to see the reading group guide for HAVE A LITTLE FAITH.

ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo (Historical Fiction)
From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written --- a novel called TRIAL. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt for ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL.

EVIDENCE: An Alex Delaware Novel, by Jonathan Kellerman (Psychological Thriller)
After a night watchman finds the corpses of two lovers brutally murdered in a newly erected mansion in one of LA’s most exclusive neighborhoods, LAPD detective Milo Sturgis quickly determines that it was a crime of passion and reaches out to psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. They discover a monstrous scheme rooted in deception and depravity beyond even a seasoned LAPD cop’s twisted imagination. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from EVIDENCE.

THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith (Mystery)
THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE continues the adventures of Isabel Dalhousie, a wealthy, middle-aged divorcee who is also a Doctor of Philosophy. Alexander McCall Smith has crafted a wonderfully intriguing novel, one that leaves us waiting for the next in the series. Reviewed by Roz Shea and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE LOST ART OF GRATITUDE.

THE CHILDREN’S BOOK by A. S. Byatt (Historical Fiction)
THE CHILDRENS’S BOOK is a spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, from the Booker Prize–winning author of POSSESSION, that spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers on a famous children's book author and the passions, betrayals and secrets that tear apart the people she loves. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE CHILDREN’S BOOK by A. S. Byatt

THE PROFESSIONAL: A Spenser Novel, by Robert B. Parker (Mystery)
A knock on Spenser’s office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at a Boston law firm, and over the years she has developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they’ve all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower --- and now he’s blackmailing them for money. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, by Michael Chabon (Memoir)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon ruminates on fatherhood, marriage, masculinity and art --- among myriad other topics --- in his loosely constructed, fascinating and very funny collection of autobiographical writings. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

HOTHOUSE ORCHID by Stuart Woods (Thriller)
After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years. But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her. Reviewed by Marge Fletcher.

ROUGH COUNTRY: A Virgil Flowers Novel, by John Sandford (Thriller)
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. He soon finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE SILENT SPIRIT: A Wind River Mystery, by Margaret Coel (Mystery)
In 1923, hundreds of Arapahos and Shoshones are recruited from Wind River Reservation to appear in the silent film The Covered Wagon. Of those hundreds, Charlie Wallowingbull is the only Indian who does not return home. More than 80 years later, Kiki Wallowingbull travels to California in search of the truth behind his great-grandfather’s disappearance. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

BENEATH THE BLEEDING: A Tony Hill Novel, by Val McDermid (Thriller)
Bradfield’s star midfielder is the victim of a bizarre, seemingly motiveless murder. In a hospital, recovering from injuries, criminal profiler and psychologist Dr. Tony Hill struggles to make sense of the fragments of information he can gather in order to help his ally, Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan, bring a killer to justice. Then an explosion rips through a soccer stadium, leaving dozens dead and many more injured, and Jordan finds herself pushed to the margins of the investigation by the intelligence services. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

THE GASTRONOMY OF MARRIAGE: A Memoir of Food and Love, by Michelle Maisto (Memoir)
As their wedding day approaches, Michelle Maisto and her fiancé find that one activity they particularly loved sharing --- eating --- has become fraught with issues such as gender roles, taste preferences, digestive quirks and differences in heritage. Readers are privy to negotiations and compromises, as well as descriptions of luscious meals and interesting recipes. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

PELLE LINDBERGH: Behind the White Mask, by Bill Meltzer and Thomas Tynander (Biography)
It is said that to lose someone who is an incredible talent is a travesty, but to lose that talented soul when they are young is the ultimate tragedy. This is the story of Pelle Lindbergh, whose hard work led him to be the dominant force in goaltending in his native Sweden, coupled with a dream that led him to North America and the National Hockey League, where he would rise to the top only to be taken from us in his prime. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.


Historical Fiction Author Spotlight
RAINWATER by Sandra Brown
From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a powerfully moving novel celebrating the gifts, generosity and foresight of a great bygone generation. Centered around an independent woman who runs a Texas boarding house during the Dust Bowl and a mysterious boarder, RAINWATER tells a story that bears witness to a bittersweet truth: that love is worth whatever price one must pay for it.
- Click here to read Sandra Brown’s bio.
- Click here to read more about RAINWATER.


Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight

PLUM PUDDING MURDER by Joanne Fluke
The yuletide season in Lake Eden, Minnesota, guarantees a white Christmas, delectable holiday goodies from Hannah Swensen's bakery, The Cookie Jar --- and murder. As a shadow hangs over her friends' Christmas wedding, Hannah's determined to cook a killer's goose before anyone else gets burned.
- Click here to read Joanne Fluke’s bio.
- Click here to read more about PLUM PUDDING MURDER.


One to Watch Author Spotlight
MANIA by Craig Larson
A CITY GRIPPED BY FEAR...

Seattle newspaper photographer Nick Wilder has gained a reputation capturing gruesome homicide scenes on film. His latest assignment: Tracking an unpredictable, deranged serial killer terrorizing the dark, wet streets of Seattle. But when the Street Butcher claims Nick’s brother as his latest casualty, Nick suddenly finds himself on the other side of the hunt...

A KILLER WHO KNOWS NO BOUNDS...

Determined to avenge his brother’s murder, Nick stumbles into a dizzying labyrinth of deceit and danger. The deeper he digs, the more the trail circles back to him --- and to the secrets locked in his disturbing past. As Nick zeroes in on the killer, the more he must risk to unmask the depraved psychopath haunting his every move. As the motives heighten and the suspects narrow, the cold, stark Seattle winter turns ever chillier...
- Click here to read Craig Larson’s bio.
- Click here to read more about MANIA.


Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight
WINDFALL by Penny Vincenzi
Cassia Fallon has been married to the town doctor for seven years when she mysteriously inherits an enormous fortune from her godmother, whom was believed to have died penniless. A responsible housewife and mother, Cassia is at first determined to be sensible, to stay happy and in control --- but suddenly, for the first time in her life, she is able to do exactly as she likes. The money gives her confidence, and her husband can only look on resentfully as she resumes her medical career, sheds some of her domestic burdens, wings with the jet set, and re-forms old relationships --- one of them of a most dangerous kind. Along the way, Cassia realizes that something seems not quite right about the money left to her and she seeks answers, both about the money and the rest of her life. Too soon the windfall, part benign influence, part brutal force, is an absolutely powerful entity all of its own --- one that Cassia cannot resist.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from WINDFALL.


Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
URGE TO KILL by John Lutz
Homicide detective Frank Quinn can’t stay retired when there’s a new breed of murdering madman on the prowl. In a city terrorized by bloody brutality, Det. Quinn and his team hunt a psychopath who lures beautiful women into a night of unbridled passion, then wakes them to a vicious, drawn-out death. Stumbling over a trail of horribly defiled bodies, Quinn can’t catch the killer --- because the killer’s about to catch him.

The terrifying new thriller URGE TO KILL from New York Times bestselling author John Lutz is a gruesome, page-turning psychological serial killer crime novel that’s both frightening and fascinating. For a killer, once is never enough.
- Click here to read an excerpt from URGE TO KILL.


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