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Friday, August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on on Friday, August 13th.

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

by Roberta Gately
JULIET by Anne Fortier
DRINKING: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
APPETITES: Why Women Want by Caroline Knapp
PACK OF TWO: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp
VIXEN by Jillian Larkin
EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins

Reviews and Excerpts

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE by Sally Koslow (Fiction)
Quincy, Talia, Chloe and Jules met in the early ’90s after answering a roommate ad for a Manhattan apartment. Despite having little in common, the women became fast friends. Now, more than a decade later, their friendships are still intact, but they find their bonds tested in ways they never could have imagined. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller and excerpted.
- Click here to read an excerpt from WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE.

TOUGH CUSTOMER by Sandra Brown (Thriller)
Private investigator Dodge Hanley’s daughter, Berry, has become the object of desire of a co-worker who has spent the past year making her life hell and now has vowed to kill her. The alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

HANGMAN: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, by Faye Kellerman (Mystery)
LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker reluctantly agrees to do a big favor for his old friend, Terry McLaughlin, even though his involvement will bring her sociopathic husband, Chris Donatti, back into his life. Then McLaughlin goes missing and Donatti disappears, leaving their 14-year-old son in the care of Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus. Decker’s search for Terry must share center stage with the gruesome murder of a young health care worker. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell
When Gail Caldwell first met Caroline Knapp, their party-chatter exchange was unremarkable. Neither could have predicted how close they would someday become or the passions they would share --- much less the moving and devastating memoir that Caldwell would pen after Knapp's death. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon and excerpted.

SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart (Fiction)
Recently crowned as one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” in his third novel --- following THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE’S HANDBOOK and ABSURDISTAN --- Gary Shteyngart offers a brilliant satire of life and love in a futuristic New York City that bears a chilling resemblance to our own time. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg and excerpted.

THE OVERTON WINDOW by Glenn Beck (Thriller)
Noah Gardner, a twenty-something public relations executive, meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future --- but Noah, convinced they're just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn't interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause. And then the world changes. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE WHISPERERS: A Charlie Parker Thriller, by John Connolly
In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods --- drugs, cash, weapons, even people --- are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

(Romantic Suspense)
Elizabeth Adler’s romantic French Riviera adventures are as addictive as the French rose her chic and sophisticated characters sip to celebrate every occasion. IT ALL BEGAN IN MONTE CARLO is a world-class beach read, complete with the scent of the sea, a little mystery, and sweeping vistas of white yachts and luxury hotels. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

MIDNIGHT ANGELS by Lorenzo Carcaterra (Thriller)
In the beautiful Italian city of Florence, an American art student is searching for a lost Michelangelo. Fortunately, for her, there are people on those streets watching her and hoping she finds what she seeks. But not all of them are there to protect her. Some are there to kill her. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

(Historical Fiction)
In the early 1800s, a young Italian contessa, Carolina Fantoni, realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents don't believe her, nor does her fiancé. The only one who understands is the eccentric local inventor and her longtime companion, Turri. As darkness erases her world, she discovers one place she can still see --- in her dreams. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

Veterinarian Camden Anderson's life comes crashing down around her when her husband of 18 years announces without warning that he does not want to be married to her anymore, and out the door he walks. This novel follows Cam through a bewildering time of pain, upheaval, despair and self-examination. The animals she rescues and the people closest to her teach her about healing, trust and second chances. Reviewed by Carole Turner.
- Click here to see the reading group guide for THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS.

(Science Fiction/Thriller)
The world has been shattered, and disease and war have ravaged the earth. Amid the chaos, where crime and murder happen in a breath, Tom Wilner stumbles into the path of a wild and brutal adversary --- a serial killer who he has been active for nearly 50 years without any repercussions. People call him "the Vampire." Indeed, he is not human...and neither are his victims. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE GREAT: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour, by Rachel Shukert
When she lands a coveted nonpaying, nonspeaking role in a play going on a European tour, Rachel Shukert --- with a brand-new degree in acting from NYU and no money --- finally scores her big break. And, after a fluke at customs in Vienna, she gets her golden ticket: an unstamped passport, giving her free rein to “find herself” on a grand tour of Europe. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

Beach Bag of Books
Whether your "beach" is on sand, your backyard deck, or a grassy meadow in the country, the summer months mean it's time for "beach reading." is celebrating the lazy days of summer reading with our Sixth Annual Beach Bag of Books feature and contests.

During select weeks from May 28th through September 3rd, we will highlight a different book or collection of books from these featured titles with a contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s) and summertime essentials. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

Our current featured Beach Bag titles are:
- THE DARK END OF THE STREET: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors by Jonathan Santlofer and S.J. Rozan, featuring new stories from Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and more.
- BURN by Nevada Barr
- STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens
- THEY'RE WATCHING by Gregg Hurwitz

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