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We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

We Keep the Dead Close is a true crime book that brings a refreshingly introspective voice. Becky Cooper first hears about the murder of Jane Britton from a snippet of campus lore. The story fascinates her and the more she learns... Continue Reading →

Decoding the World by Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World is a collection of essays going back and forth between authors Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta. Each essay is introduced from a real news headline though how directly or tangentially those headlines relate to the subject varies widely.... Continue Reading →

The Boy from the Woods by Harlen Coben

The Boy from the Woods may be the start of a new detective series for Harlan Coben. I certainly hope so. Wilde was found as a young child living on his own in the woods. He doesn't know his name... Continue Reading →

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

If I were to survive an apocalyptic world-changing event, there is no one I would rather have by my side than S.T. (Shit Turd), a brilliant, belligerent, and loyal crow. Of course, being human, I would be one of the... Continue Reading →

Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

All of us know have come across the person who says impossibly rude things whose defense is always, "I'm just being honest." Honesty becomes the hall pass for racism, sexism, bigotry, meanness, and spite. I think honesty would like to... Continue Reading →

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall centers on a plane crash and examines the lives of the victims and survivors before and after the crash. It begins with the plane being readied for flight, the passengers arriving, settling in and then this stark ending... Continue Reading →

Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler

In Dawn, the first book of Octavia E. Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy published as one book with the title, Lilith's Brood, Lilith awakes surprised to find herself alive. The world was ending, dying in the aftermath of nuclear war before she fell asleep... Continue Reading →

Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos seems nothing like his other novels. It is a bit stately and constrained by the conventions of historical writing. His efforts to make it seem as though a true history of the... Continue Reading →

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