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Book Review: The Ropes that Bind by Tracy Stopler,

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Book Review: The Ropes that Bind by Tracy Stopler,

Title: The Ropes that Bind Author: Tracy Stopler Genre: fiction Publisher: Binah Books Release Date: 1 edition (December 24, 2016) Format: electronic books Pages: 336 pages Tracy Stopler’s debut novel, The Ropes that Bind, deals with the under-reported crime of child sexual abuse and how it affects her protagonist, Tali Stark. Tali’s abuse is deftly and sensitively handled in this well-written story. The reader watches nine-year-old Tali grow into a functioning woman while holding her emotional trauma within her. Through her personal strength...

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Book Review: The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio

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Title: The Memory of Us Author: Camille di Maio Genre: Women's fiction, historical fiction Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Release Date: May 31, 2016 Format: Paperback, Kindle Pages: 413 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Us-Camille-Di-Maio/dp/1503934756/ The Memory Of Us by Camille Di Maio is a wonderful love story, though definitely not a typical romance. Set in pre-World War II Britain, it spans several decades. Di Maio’s voice captures that time period in both her word choice and her superb descriptions of setting and clothing....

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

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Book Review: December Boys by Joe Clifford

Title: December Boys Series: Jay Porter series #2 Author: Joe Clifford Genre: Noir Publisher: Oceanview Publishing Release Date: June 7, 2016 Pages: 300 pages December Boys is the second in Joe Clifford’s Jay Porter series. Just as dark as the first in the series, Lamentation, December Boys moves more quickly without a wasted word. Clifford’s prose is gritty and moody, yet beautiful, with lines that shine like a Jacob’s ladder. The New England winter, with its aching, biting cold, snow and dirty roadside slush, is a recurrent motif. Jay...

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

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Book Review: Wolfshadow by Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua

Title: Wolfshadow Author: Robert Edward Graham and C.S. Fuqua Genre: Science fiction, dystopian fiction Publisher: Ursa Major Books Release Date: 1/16/2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 371 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Wolfshadow-Robert-Edward-Graham-ebook/dp/B01AXKWIO2/ The world's governments have degenerated to the point that corporations control everything. The largest conglomerate, Nattech, Inc, has designed a machine to disrupt the time-space continuum and plans to send a man into the future. Jim Pleasant Wolfshadow, a former Navy Seal,...

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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

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Book Review: Tryst at the Brighton Inn by Alicia Rasley

Title: Tryst at the Brighton Inn Series: Regency CSI Book One Author: Alicia Rasley Genre: cozy mystery Publisher: Kindle Press Release Date: February 23, 2016 Format: Kindle Pages: 185 Source: http://www.amazon.com/Tryst-Brighton-Inn-Alicia-Rasley-ebook/dp/B01AGZVJ1C/ It’s a decade after Napoleon’s defeat, but the war still haunts even the victors. Linked by family and by grief, divided by social class, Russian émigré Natasha and ship’s doctor Matthew have lived for years in mutual distrust. But when she’s suspected of killing a man from her...

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

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Book Review: The Grace of the Gingko by Michael R. Hardesty

Title: The Grace of the Gingko Author: Michael R. Hardesty Genre: General fiction Publisher: Old Stone Press Release Date: January 29, 2016 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 In The Grace of the Gingko, author Michael R. Hardesty gives us an all-too-human protagonist in David Foley. Post-divorced, David raises his boy alone. When his son is killed during the Gulf War, he moves to Louisville, Kentucky to be near his only remaining family, his pregnant daughter-in-law. When she dies during childbirth, David finds himself guardian of a newborn. Like...

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Book Review: Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise

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Title: Ruined Days Author: Guinotte Wise Genre: action/thriller Publisher: Black Opal Books Release Date: December 19, 2015 Format: ebook Pages: 253 Ruined Days by Guinotte Wise takes the conspiracy theory paranoia surrounding the assassination of John F. Kenneday and drives it to a whole new level. I made the mistake of starting this book at 11PM and was immediately sucked in and stayed up half the night reading it. Ruined Days’ protagonist is Travis Meachem, a soldier of fortune, and his stable of crazy rednecks who whirl through the...

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

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Book Reviews: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands

Title: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Haw, and Dustlands Author: Walter M. Miller, Jr., Sean Jackson, Moira Young Genre: Post-apocalyptic books The first post-apocalyptic book I read was A Canticle for Leibowitz byWalter M. Miller, Jr. Though originally published in 1960, I read it ten years later when I started college. Set in a Catholic monastery in the southwestern United States, Leibowitz spans millennia and documents mankind’s efforts to rebuild civilization after twentieth century civilization is destroyed by a global nuclear war,...

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Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr

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Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr

Book Review: All This Life by Joshua Mohr Having read all of Mohr’s books, this is definitely my favorite, a five star read, for sure. As someone who kept a bust of Albert Einstein on my desk in college, I was hooked by the first line of Joshua Mohr’s All This Life with it’s rephrasing of Einstein’s famous equation into E = mc despaired. Mohr does a wonderful job capturing life in San Francisco. What follows is a story that is darkly cynical, yet jauntily humorous, as well as an anthropological dissection of our lives and social media....

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Book Review: Hidden Shadows by Linda Lucretia Shuler

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Book Review: Hidden Shadows by Linda Lucretia Shuler

In Hidden Shadows, by Linda Lucretia Shuler, widow Cassandra Brighton moves to her grandmother’s ancestral home in the Texas Hill Country to fulfill a deathbed promise to live there a year. Cassie explores the landscape of Texas as well as her grandmother’s house. She meets her elderly neighbors and gradually comes to love the folks in her small Texas community, develops a romantic interest in the artist Hawk and a respect and love for his idiosyncratic mother, Tatty. Cassie’s new home is not just filled with clutter. Ghosts, good and bad,...

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