Monthly Archives: August 2012

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

In her second installment in the Anna Dressed in Blood series, Kendare Blake hits the reader’s full force with instant action, gore, and sadly death. Girl of Nightmares begins shortly after the events of Anna Dressed in Blood, with Cas … Continue reading

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone is Laura Moriarty’s fourth novel and her first historical fiction. As the title suggests, Moriarty created an unforgettable heroine in an ordinary and conservative chaperone, Cora Carlisle. Cora is a respectable and sensible mother and wife of a … Continue reading

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Finally! Something to challenge the dominance of white, Eurocentric fantasy. Not only that, but it does it beautifully. Akata Witch is about Sunny Nwazue, an albino, American-born Nigerian girl who learns that she is one of the Leopard People, a … Continue reading

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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda

Alan Alda’s insightful autobiography Never Have Your Dog Stuffed gives us a peek into the highs, lows, and adventures of an actor’s life.  Growing up among a family of burlesque performers, perhaps Alda was fated for acting, but his journey had … Continue reading

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A Question of Belief: a Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Guido Brunetti, 19) by Donna Leon

Donna Leon, an American living in Venice, is the author of several popular crime novels with Commissario Guido Brunetti as the main hero. The main characters of the series, mild-mannered and witty inspector Brunetti and his exemplary family, together with the depiction … Continue reading

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

An unnamed man walks with his son through a post-apocalyptic landscape looking for food and shelter, haunted by memories of life before the cataclysm. The man protects his child from a world that incrementally comes into focus as the evil … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

South Africa.  1952.  Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper stands at the edge of the river and looks across to Mozambique at the shimmering veldt and distant mountains.  Just a few steps along the bank he spots the floating corpse of Captain … Continue reading

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Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is in Paris to make a movie.  It is 1938 and tension is high.  Born in Austria, Stahl has an insight into European politics unknown to others from America.  He is approached by old “friends” … Continue reading

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, tackles two entirely different character perspectives while taking readers on an adventure aboard a space ship traveling to a new Earth. Amy was seventeen when her family decided to board the 300-year flight into … Continue reading

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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke is the second novel by Hillary Jordan. Unlike her prize-winning historical fiction Mudbound, When She Woke is a dystopian novel inspired by The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The novel opens as Hannah Payne awakes in prison … Continue reading

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