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Friday, March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on Bookreporter.com on Friday, March 12th.

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

WHEN SHE FLEW by Jennie Shortridge
OXYGEN by Carol Cassella
THE POSTMISTRESS by Sarah Blake
HUSH by Kate White
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Kinney
THE WIMPY KID MOVIE DIARY by Jeff Kinney


Reviews and Excerpts
HELL GATE by Linda Fairstein (Legal Thriller)
New York City politics have always been filled with intrigue and behind-the-scenes deals. In HELL GATE, Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper finds her attention torn between investigating a shipwreck that has contraband cargo --- human cargo --- and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman now fallen from grace. Reviewed by Roz Shea.
- Click here to read an excerpt from HELL GATE.

MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND by Helen Simonson (Fiction)
You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's unforgettable debut. Reviewed by Jennifer McCord.
- Click here to read an excerpt from MAJOR PETTIGREW’S STAND.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith (Historical Fiction/Horror)
Seth Grahame-Smith follows up his bestselling PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES with another piece of speculative fiction that blends horror with literary classics. In this case, we are presented with an alternate history of President Abraham Lincoln and the secret life he led as a hunter of vampires. Reviewed by Ray Palen.
- Click here to read an excerpt from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER.

NEVER LOOK AWAY by Linwood Barclay (Thriller)
David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife and their four-year-old son in an amusement park on a warm summer day. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from NEVER LOOK AWAY.

ARCADIA FALLS by Carol Goodman (Suspense)
Dire financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take Meg and her daughter, Sally, from a comfortable life on Long Island to a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York: Arcadia Falls, where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. But after the death of one of her folklore students, Meg must face down her own demons and the danger threatening to envelop Sally. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

THE SHAKING WOMAN OR A HISTORY OF MY NERVES by Siri Hustvedt (Memoir)
A frightening phenomenon leads a prominent novelist to some profound psychological and philosophical questions in THE SHAKING WOMAN OR A HISTORY OF MY NERVES, an unusual memoir that will engage readers both intellectually and emotionally. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE SUMMER HIDEAWAY by Susan Wiggs (Romance)
In this latest installment of
The Lakeshore Chronicles, an elderly dying gentleman finds a way to accomplish his bucket list, which includes finding a wife for his favorite grandson. He hires a nurse for the job, not letting anyone know what his true intentions are. Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton.

THE 5 GREATEST WARRIORS by Matthew Reilly (Thriller)
When we last left Jack West Jr. in THE 6 SACRED STONES, his quest to save the world from impending Armageddon appeared doomed. But after an astonishing escape, he and his team race to rebuild the final pieces of the fabled “Machine.” They discover an ancient inscription containing a rhyme about five mysterious unnamed warriors --- great historical figures whose knowledge will be vital to unlocking the secrets of the Machine and its long-lost “pillars.” Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE HARVARD PSYCHEDELIC CLUB: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America by Don Lattin (History)
This book is the story of how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in the early ’60s at a Harvard-sponsored psychedelic-drug research project, transforming their lives and American culture and launching the mind/body/spirit movement that inspired the explosion of yoga classes, organic produce and alternative medicine. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

THE HOLE WE'RE IN by Gabrielle Zevin (Fiction)
When Roger Pomeroy decides he will return to school for a graduate degree, he plunges his family into such terrible debt that his wife resorts to credit card theft (from their own son), setting off a domino effect of consequences within the family that reverberates throughout their children's lifetimes. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET by Ali Shaw (Fiction)
Ida Maclaird suffers from a strange malady that is turning her feet into glass. In search of an answer, she goes to St. Hauda's Land, a foggy island populated by odd individuals and creatures. Her search for answers leaves her with more questions and in a situation she hadn't let herself imagine. Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski.

TOOTH AND CLAW by Nigel McCrery (Mystery)
A well-known television reporter has been brutally murdered and the top brass think Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie is the man to investigate the crime. Then, in short order, he has a second murder on his hands: a man is found dead in a train-station bomb explosion. Despite all odds, Lapslie begins to suspect that the two high-profile cases may be connected. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.


Women’s Fiction Author Spotlight
WHITER THAN SNOW by Sandra Dallas
WHITER THAN SNOW opens in 1920, on a spring afternoon in Swandyke, a small town near Colorado’s Tenmile Range. Just moments after four o’clock, a large split of snow separates from Jubilee Mountain high above the tiny hamlet and hurtles down the rocky slope, enveloping everything in its path including nine young children who are walking home from school. But only four children survive.
- Click here to read an excerpt from WHITER THAN SNOW.
- Click here to read Sandra Dallas’s bio.
- Click here to read more about WHITER THAN SNOW.


Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
THE BOOK OF SPIES by Gayle Lynds
For centuries, emperors, historians and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible's magnificent Library of Gold. Now one of its volumes, The Book of Spies, has surfaced, and along with it the secret book club that owns the fabled library. They form a cabal of the globe's most powerful men --- men who will do anything to achieve their aims and protect their interests. An intelligence officer and a rare book curator now must do what other global agencies can't --- find the library and stop them.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE BOOK OF SPIES.
- Click here to read Gayle Lynds’s bio.
- Click here to read more about THE BOOK OF SPIES.

YOU CAN’T STOP ME by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
Small-town sheriff J.C. Harrow made headlines when he apprehended a would-be presidential assassin --- only to come home that night and find his wife and son brutally murdered. This tragic twist of fate launched his career as the host of reality TV’s smash-hit, "Crime Seen!" But while media star Harrow tracks down dangerous criminals coast to coast --- with the help of viewers’ tips --- a killer with a twisted agenda is making his own bloody path to fame.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from YOU CAN’T STOP ME.


Historical Fiction Author Spotlight
HER MOTHER’S HOPE by Francine Rivers
Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta leaves Switzerland determined to find life on her own terms. Her journey takes her through Europe and finally lands her with children and husband in tow in the central valley of California. Marta’s experiences convince her that only the strong survive. Hildie, Marta’s oldest daughter, has a heart to serve others, and her calling as a nurse during World War II gives her independence, if not the respect of her mother.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from HER MOTHER’S HOPE.


One to Watch Author Spotlight
THE SECRET LIFE OF EMILY DICKINSON by Jerome Charyn
What if the old maid of Amherst wasn't an old maid after all? Her older brother, Austin, spoke of Emily as his "wild sister." Jerome Charyn, continuing his exploration of American history through fiction, has written a startling novel about Emily Dickinson in her own voice, with all its characteristic modulations that he learned from her letters and poems. Along the way, Charyn introduces us to member's of Emily's inner circle, both real and imagined, who helped shape the legendary poet.
- Click here to read a review of THE SECRET LIFE OF EMILY DICKINSON.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from THE SECRET LIFE OF EMILY DICKINSON.
- Click here to read our interview with Jerome Charyn.
- Click here to read Jerome Charyn’s bio.
- Click here to see Jerome Charyn’s backlist.


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