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Friday, February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

The following interviews, reviews and features began running on the website on Friday, February 25th.

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

THINKING IN PICTURES: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin



LOVING FRANK by Nancy Horan

SIMPLE TIMES: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris

BRINGING ADAM HOME: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford

Reviews and Excerpts

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain (Historical Fiction)

Hadley Richardson has all but given up on love --- until she meets Ernest Hemingway. After a whirlwind wedding, the pair sets sail for Paris, where they fall in with the artists of the “Lost Generation.” But the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the fast life of Jazz Age Paris. There, they will face their ultimate crisis --- a deception that will unravel everything they’ve fought for. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE PARIS WIFE.

(Futuristic Thriller)

Peabody is following up on a senseless crime with her partner, Detective Eve Dallas, when she stumbles on a trickier situation. She overhears two fellow officers arguing in the locker room and realizes they’re guilty of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve’s husband Roarke get hard evidence to bring these dirty cops down, knowing that they’ll kill to keep their secret. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TREACHERY IN DEATH.

SHAKEN: A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery by J. A. Konrath (Mystery)

Chicago cop Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels is about to meet her match. When she wakes up bound and gagged in a storage locker, she knows she’s been abducted by “Mr. K” --- a man responsible for more than 200 murders. Jack has tangled with him twice before, and now she’ll finally have the chance to confront him. Unfortunately, though, it won’t be on her terms. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

NIGHT VISION by Randy Wayne White

There’s a lot going on in Little Guadalajara, a trailer park inhabited by illegal laborers. The manager is a hired gun for a financial syndicate, and he’ll do whatever it takes to help them develop it…especially after a gifted girl sees him kill. Her only hope is marine biologist Doc Ford, who must search an invisible nation to find her --- and get there first. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

NOW YOU SEE HER by Joy Fielding (Mystery)

Marcy Taggart's heart has been shattered --- twice. After the death of her daughter, Devon, Marcy's husband leaves her. When Marcy travels to Ireland alone, she is certain she glimpses Devon. Can she find her daughter? Or is she actually losing her mind? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

SEPARATE BEDS by Elizabeth Buchan (Fiction)

Economic crisis doesn’t sound like a hot topic for fiction. But in British writer Elizabeth Buchan’s hands --- her specialty is literate, empowering domestic dramas, with past books including REVENGE OF THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN, WIVES BEHAVING BADLY and THE GOOD WIFE STRIKES BACK --- it flowers into a winning story of family loss and rediscovery. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

A CUP OF FRIENDSHIP by Deborah Rodriguez (Fiction)

After a lot of hard luck, Sunny has finally found a place to call home --- a café in the middle of a war zone. So when a pregnant Afghan girl is left on the city streets, Sunny welcomes her into the Kabul Coffee House community. But there’s more to Yazmina than meets the eye. Together, she and Sunny’s patrons will form a friendship that can change a country. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

HISTORY OF A SUICIDE: My Sister's Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky (Memoir)

Each year in the United States, some 30,000 people commit suicide and another 500,000 make the attempt. Jill Bialosky’s intense, searching re-examination of her sister’s suicide at age 21 tells the story of one such tragedy. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

AND I SHALL HAVE SOME PEACE THERE: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road by Margaret Roach (Memoir)

Remove one very stressed, high-powered, highly-paid corporate executive from her ivory tower in Manhattan. Relocate that woman 120 miles upstate to Copake Falls to her new supposed life of peace and quiet. The result is a quirky and unique memoir by Margaret Roach, formerly of the Martha Stewart media empire. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

SCORECASTING: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim (Sports)

Behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of sports’ most cherished truisms --- and reveal how games are played, won and lost. Taking readers from the putting greens to the grid iron, SCORECASTING will change your view of the game forever, regardless of your favorite sport. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

FOUND WANTING by Robert Goddard (Thriller)

Robert Goddard, the British master of the twisting plot, returns with FOUND WANTING --- a story that involves what starts out as a dying request from one friend to another and ends with a breathtaking quest where nothing is as it appears to be. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS by Imogen Robertson (Historical Mystery)

In 1780 England, a body is found on a countryside estate, clutching a ring. A local anatomist teams up with the estate’s owner to catch the murderer. But as more deaths occur, they start looking toward neighboring Thornleigh Hall for the answers. What they find shocks the whole community. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

Author Interviews

Paula McLain

A writer, a poet and a much-praised memoirist, Paula McLain is trying her hand at historical fiction with her second novel, THE PARIS WIFE, which follows the ill-fated love affair of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. In this interview with’s Bronwyn Miller, McLain talks about why she was captivated by this particular love story, elaborating on the qualities that set Hadley apart from other early 20th-century women and why she thinks Hemingway idolized her until the very end. McLain also reflects on how her own personal struggles helped her sympathize with her latest heroine, speculates on the similarities between contemporary artist colonies and 1920s Paris, and gives the scoop on the book’s original title. Bets On

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain (Fiction)

I’ve been looking forward to sharing THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain with readers since I read an advance copy last summer. It is the story of Ernest Hemingway’s life with Hadley Richardson, his first wife. As I read it, I kept underlining phrases and folding down pages. By the time I was finished, I was searching my shelves for the Hemingway books written during this period, as well as the Hemingway genealogy tree. Paula’s descriptions of Hemingway’s world --- set in a blissful and exciting time in Paris during the Jazz Age --- are so vivid and richly descriptive that you will feel you are seated at a table somewhere in the room watching them and their new literati pals. She also captures their love story, which is both turbulent and loving. Though he went on to marry three more times, it’s clear that Hadley was very good for Hemingway, and you wonder what his world would have been like had they stayed together.

Asked for a comparable title, I would easily select Nancy Horan’s LOVING FRANK, and in fact Horan has a blurb on the cover of THE PARIS WIFE. They both give great insight into men who are powerful legends in their fields from the women who were close to them. In January, I had the pleasure of meeting Paula in San Diego and hearing her read from the opening chapter of THE PARIS WIFE; as she read, I found myself recalling the rush I had when I first read it. Her style of writing is perfect for this story, as she knows how to capture emotion and work it into dialogue as well as crafting a strong sense of plot and setting.

-Click here to read a review of the THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to read an interview with Paula McLain.

-Click here to see all the titles we're betting you'll love.

One to Watch Author Spotlight

TIGER HILLS by Sarita Mandanna (Fiction)

As the first girl born to the Nachimada family in over 60 years, the beautiful Devi is the object of adoration of her entire family. Strong-willed and confident, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died under tragic circumstances. The two quickly become inseparable, until Devi meets Machu the tiger killer, a hunter of great repute, and a man of much honor and pride. Soon, they fall deeply in love, an attraction that drives a wedge between Devi and Devanna. It is this tangled relationship between the three that leads to a devastating tragedy --- an event that changes their fates forever and has unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for generations to come.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from TIGER HILLS.

-Click here to read critical praise for TIGER HILLS.

-Click here to read Sarita Mandanna's bio.

-Click here to read more about TIGER HILLS.

-Click here to see the winners of the ARC mailing contest.

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight

NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens (Thriller)

The first video arrives by email. An unidentifed man. A naked woman. Her scream caught in a freeze-frame. The producers of TV’s “Crime Seen!” can’t believe what they’re witnessing --- an all-out sadist “auditioning” for a starring role in reality television. And if he doesn’t get it, he’ll kill again. To meet the demented demands of the self-proclaimed “Don Juan,” former sheriff and TV host J.C. Harrow has no choice but to spotlight him along with another ruthless maniac who has captivated millions of viewers. Now two killers are locked in a bloodthirsty competition. For fame. For notoriety. For victims.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU.

-Click here to read critical praise for NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU.

-Click here to read Max Allan Collins's bio.

-Click here to read Matthew Clemens's bio.

-Click here to read more about NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU.

-Visit Max Allan Collins's official website,

-Click here to see the winners of the ARC mailing contest.

One to Watch Author Spotlight

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McLain (Fiction)

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, THE PARIS WIFE captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness --- until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group --- the fabled “Lost Generation”--- that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, THE PARIS WIFE is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

-Click here to read a review of THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to read critical praise for THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for THE PARIS WIFE.

-Click here to read an interview with Paula McLain.

-Click here to read Paula McLain's bio.

-Click here to see Paula McLain's backlist.

-Click here to read more about THE PARIS WIFE.

-Visit Paula McLain's official website,

-Click here to see the winners of the ARC mailing contest.

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