Pacific: a Novel

Tom Drury
Tom Drury's Midwest-based fiction has been compared to such diverse authors as Raymond Carver and Haruki Murakami and even filmmaker David Lynch. ...

Review by Annie S. »

The Killer Inside Me

Jim Thompson
Considered one of the greatest American noir crime novels, I found The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson to be as bleak and unrelenting as its reputation suggests. An absolutely perfect read for those who like their main characters more than a touch disturbed. Lou Ford, narrating his own story, is living a dual life. ...

Review by Amy B. »

Cruel Beauty

Rosamund Hodge
Cruel Beauty takes a well-known fairy tale and turns it on its head. A number of authors have recreated the classic Beauty and the Beast story and I have enjoyed most all of them. Cruel Beauty is no exception. In fact, I think this one may be one of the best. ...

Review by Linda S. »

March Book One

John Lewis
This first graphic novel of a trilogy tells the story of Congressman (and co-author) John Lewis, from his childhood in the segregated South to the first time he met Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lifelong passion and endeavor for civil rights. ...

Review by Annie S. »

Half Moon Harbor

Donna Kauffman
Half Moon Harbor by Donna Kauffman is the second in her series Bachelors of Blueberry Cove. The first is Pelican Point and the third, due out in August will be Sandpiper Island. ...

Review by Betsy M. »

Blossom Street Brides: a Blossom Street Novel

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber’s latest novel is once again set on Blossom Street in Seattle. Blossom Street Brides centers on long-time, and long-distance love as well as love that won’t let go. ...

Review by Katheryn C. »

The Ultimate Cocktail Encyclopedia: Your Essential Guide to the Exciting World of Mixology

Walter Burns
If you are looking to impress guests, or switch up your summer happy hour routine.... this is the resource for the backyard mixologist. The Ultimate Cocktail Encyclopedia will certainly inspire the hidden bartender in you to get creative with crafting cocktails. Doesn't a Marlene Dietrich or a tea lemon smash sound more refreshing...

Review by Brice B. »

10-minute Makeup: 50 Step-by-step Looks from Fresh and Natural to Catwalk Chic

Boris Entrup
Step by step color photos and quick easy-to-read instructions make 10-Minute Makeup a great book for reinvigorating your old beauty routine. The looks range from fresh-faced to glamorous and dramatic date-night looks and suit many different faces and skin tones. You also don't have to have an array of expensive makeup to try any of the looks. ...

Review by Annie S. »

The Apple Orchard

Susan Wiggs
I really like Susan Wiggs, especially the Lakeshore Chronicles. She is very similar to Robyn Carr. But the Apple Orchard was phenomenal, it had more depth and meat to it. Plus, it came out in hardcover first, which is always an indication I will like it. I like books that involve research in some way and this one took on some family...

Review by Betsy M. »

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim

E K Johnston
I picked up this book because of the title and the cool cover. (Also, my brother’s name is Owen and the thought of him being a dragon slayer was too enticing.) The cover drew me to the book with its juxtaposition of orange and grays. The picture of Owen with his school backpack and long sword sealed the deal. The Story of Owen:...

Review by Linda S. »