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Toddler: Real-life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

These days, I read a lot of mom-oirs – enough to feel justified making up a word to describe the sub-genre clash of parenting book meets memoir.  My twins are fifteen months old.  They toddle and they’re fickle, irrational, urgent, … Continue reading

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)

I admit, I read Cuckoo’s Calling because I knew it was by Rowling.  On merit of cover art and synopsis alone, I wouldn’t have bothered with this novel by unknown Robert Galbraith.  I felt like I’d read plenty of what … Continue reading

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Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright

I didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, by Anne Enright.  The silly, cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public.  And the first essay … Continue reading

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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Death Cloud is the first in Andrew Lane’s excellent new series about young Sherlock Holmes.  Lane, a Brit who has written fan fiction for Doctor Who and James Bond, explains in his afterword that, “Arthur Conan Doyle gave little away … Continue reading

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Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest won the 2011 Newberry award. That was enough reason for me to read it, but I quite enjoyed it and want to offer a few more reasons. It is set in Kansas. The town, Manifest, if fictional, … Continue reading

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The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, or, on the Segregation of the Queen, by Laurie R. King

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is startlingly good. It is the first book in a series that features a retired Sherlock Holmes and his young, female apprentice. Mary Russell is about fifteen years old when she stumbles upon Holmes in the English … Continue reading

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American Vampire, by Scott Snyder

Steven King and I agree that Scott Snyder has written a wonderful, fresh take on vampires.  Steve liked it so much that he asked – yes, asked! – if he could contribute.  Together, Snyder and King, along with illustrator Rafael … Continue reading

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The Devil, the Lovers, & Me: My Life in Tarot, by Kimberlee Auerbach

Kimberlee Auerbach is hilarious.  She won’t admit it, though.  Oh, sure, she’ll tell you about stalking a boyfriend’s ex, about an ill-fated high school campaign slogan, about constant reminders that she hates her job and is still not married, and, … Continue reading

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