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The Year of Reading Dangerously

I guarantee The Year of Reading Dangerously will get you reading again.

Sweet Damage: A Novel
Bookreporter : Sweet Damage (December 05, 2014)

Intriguing and entertaining with richly drawn characters, SWEET DAMAGE is more of a psychological tale than a traditional thriller or chiller, but makes for a good winter's read nonetheless.

One to Go
Bookreporter : One to Go (December 06, 2014)

Although the dénouement is tied up a little too neatly by a Good Cop, this story is one of self-assessment, moral debate, ethics and redemption --- one ideal to be adapted for a blockbuster film.

How to be both: A novel

To say that there's more than meets the eye in this terrific book is a gross understatement; it encompasses wonderful mothers, unconventional love and friendship, time, mortality, gender, the consolations of art and so much else.

Her Brilliant Career

Cooke’s droll, pressing style is what binds the stories together; no sooner do we embark than we know we will not be disappointed, though every portrait is different, every life depicted complex and, at times, startling.

On the Road with Janis Joplin

Cooke chronicles Joplin’s all-too-brief career in the first person, present tense, creating an atmosphere of being on the spot, in the crowds, on the buses and planes, and in the bedrooms.

The Silent Sister

There are few surprises in The Silent Sister. The story follows a predictable route of misdirection, miscommunication, and faulty decision-making that forces Riley to grow up a bit while she uncovers the truth about Lisa and her father.

F: A Novel

This is certainly not a book for the general reader, but for those who like to be challenged in their reading, there is plenty to think about in “F” and the more adventurous book-groups would have a wonderful time discussing what it is all about.

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe: A Biography

Wagstaff was a lover of beauty, undisciplined and impulsive and more than a little rapacious. These are hardly ideal attributes for a curator — but they can come in handy for a collector.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
The New York Times : Pop Music (December 05, 2014)

She writes beautifully, in a dreamy, self-interrogating, pre-Internet continuous present, a kind of imagistic drift in which the pale antiheroes of London punk rock come and go like skinny-legged ­poems.

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir
The New York Times : Pop Music (December 05, 2014)

I finished “Brothas Be” with the sensation that I had been in touch with an indestructible intelligence, with a strain of humor so cosmically rarefied it had looped back on itself and become down-to-earth.

Even This I Get to Experience

There is still a lot of zest, passion and whimsy in the man who taught Americans to laugh at their failings. As Frances Lear would say to him when they were married: “Not bad for a little Jew from Hartford.”

Ambition and Desire: Napoleon's Josephine

Beyond her appreciation for “flawed, vulnerable, engaging, powerful” women, Williams does not seem to have a compelling reason to tell this story.

Yes Please

Amy Poehler admits she wrote her new memoir while sleep-deprived. And it shows. But not in an entirely bad way.

Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

In his new biography of the Irish playwright, novelist and provocateur, “Wilde in America,” the journalist and cultural historian David M. Friedman argues that Wilde was among the very first to realize that celebrity could come before accomplishment.

Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays

Poetry may need promotion, but it shouldn’t always come along with a condescending picture of the world in which it needs promoting. Poetry is not sermonic; its crusaders should take a lesson from it.

The Number 7
Kirkus Reviews : The Number 7 (December 05, 2014)

Insightful and compassionate storytelling.

The House We Grew Up In: A Novel

The House We Grew Up In does a fantastic job showing the ever-changing family dynamic as well as the stress and strain of family in general.

Something Rich and Strange

Rash's spectacular stories may originate in the peculiar soil of Appalachia, but their reach and their rewards are vast.