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  • Albany Cemetery
    'The Vanishing Hitchhiker': Urban legends as education, good yarns good for you
    The vanishing hitchhiker of the title refers to a ghosts story—or a story with any number of variations—that has been around at least since the 19th century but I heard as a kid as a “true story” that happened to “a...
  • Scientology
    Going "Clear" Part I
    In all of the years that I have been reading and reviewing non-fiction books, I have to say this one is one of the most unusual books that I have ever read and reviewed. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, you may ask? I do not know; I have not...
  • What Lies Within
    Book Review: What Lies Within by James Morris
    James Morris’s latest novel, What Lies Within, tells the story of Shelley Marano, a normal high school girl who finds herself thrown into a world of lies, genetics, and murder as she seeks to find out the truth about her adoption.Shelley is...
  • Concealed Power
    Concealed Power: A twist on the fantasy coming-of-age story
    'Concealed Power' by K.J. Colt is the first novel in a fantasy series about healers. In an unusual twist, the healers are painted as the villains of this world -- or rather, the villainnesses, since they are all female.The premise of The...
  • Bullies and dolls team up to tell aq story
    Bullies and dolls team up to tell a story
    Almost every child has encountered a bully, either in school or online with the ongoing episodes of cyber bullying. Bullying continues to be present in many forms. Children need tools to learn to manage a situation in which they find themselves to...
  • A Shot of Malaria
    A Shot of Malaria Reviewed By Norm Goldman of Bookpleasures.com
    Author: Charles SoubyPublisher: Infinity PublishingISBN: 978-1-4958-0147-1Set in the 1990's in the San Francisco Bay area where the author is an improv actor, Charles Souby's second novel A Shot of Malaria chronicles the tragic life of a...
  • 'The Summer Cottage'
    Between the Lines with Susan Kietzman (Q&A w/ event details)
    Local author Susan Kietzman will launch her new novel, The Summer Cottage, at Bank Square Books in Mystic on Thursday evening, May 28th, at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for purchase...
  • 'Blood on Snow' by Jo Nesbo
    'Blood on Snow' by Jo Nesbo
    I have read good things about Jo Nesbo but had never had the change to read any of his books for myself. I decided to change that by picking up his new, short novel, “Blood on Snow,” and seeing for myself if his writing lives up to the...
  • 'The Ruby Airship'
    Book Review: 'The Ruby Airship' by Sharon Gosling
    Sharon Gosling brings Rémy Brunel back in The Ruby Airship, sequel to The Diamond Thief. She, J, and her little policeman Thaddeus Rec live together in the Professor's workshop and though they are safe and sound for the moment, everything...
  • Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen
    'Things You Won't Say' by Sarah Pekkanen: Extremely thoughtful and timely
    Sarah Pekkanen's newest book, "Things You Won't Say," is not just a book about a cop who shoots a teenager who happens to be a member of a minority. It's about family, trust, and above all -- making mistakes. We all make...
  • The Secret Place
    Let no man put asunder: Book review of ‘The Secret Place’ by Tana French
    I have been a fan of Tana French since the debut of her first novel 2007’s In the Woods. Her 2008 novel, The Likeness proved she was not a flash in the proverbial publishing pan. Within the last few weeks I have read her last three releases...
  • Book Expo at New York's Javits Center
    Readers, booksellers, librarians, authors gather at Book Expo this week
    More than 600 authors will be on hand in New York’s Javits Center for the huge annual Book Expo America (BEA) this week. They will be beating the promotional drums by autographing new and forthcoming titles, while their publishers distribute...
  • Saunders’ second book is just as unmemorable as his debut
    A genre-confused historical piece of fiction
    Historical fiction is a tricky genre to conquer: a genre that requires a writer to intertwine fact with imagination. A writer has the freedom to write the actions of the characters that are not mentioned in history, but a writer must also make...
  • ‘Shadowhunters’ starts filming in Toronto
    ‘Shadowhunters’ starts filming in Toronto
    Principal cast for ABC Family's "Shadowhunters" starts today (Monday, May 25) but cameras have already started to roll in Toronto. Stephan Fleet, executive creative director of Encore Post shared some exciting info and pictures...
  • Bookcon 2015 has a potent lineup of authors and celebrities
    Bookcon 2015 has a potent lineup of authors lined up for next weekend
    Bookcon 2015, the two day book convention open to the public is taking place on May 30 and May 31st at the Javits Center. Unlike BookExpo, which occurs on May 27 to May 29 and is open to trade professionals, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and...
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