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Lisa Says… Read This Book by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell When the Pulitzer committee decided not to award a prize for fiction this year, it passed over a finalist, Karen Russell’s novel, Swamplandia! The book does indeed have great brilliance, and how could you live in this area and not be intrigued by a story about a family who owns an […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by John Irving

in One Person by John Irving Critics are saying John Irving’s new novel, In One Person, is his most political book since Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany. While that may be true, and I do agree, it is also a beautiful story of desire and sexual identity. It is a story […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I had the opportunity to take a book and a chair down to the beach a few weeks ago, and I could not believe how many people were reading one of The Hunger Games series. Having not read them at that point, I felt I needed to see what […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the new novel by Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding. This is Harbach’s first novel, and I agree with many critics – he has a huge hit on his hands. At Westish College in Wisconsin, near the […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Maria Duenas

The Time Inbetween by Maria Duenas The lovely ladies at Litchfield Books assured me The Time In Between, by Maria Duenas is a great read and they were right! This very well researched historical novel of fiction that travels from Madrid to Morocco to Portugal and back again will keep you captivated and intrigued to […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by P.D. James

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James I am not sure of how I truly feel about sequels written to books by another author. However, I do think P.D. James did a satisfying job to Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice, with the novel Death Comes to Pemberley. One of the most beloved novels of all […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Matthew Norman

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman Domestic Violets, by Matthew Norman, is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It is the first novel Norman has written and is filled with wit and humor while giving us great characters and a poignant plot. Tom Violet is thirty-five years old, has marital […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides I decided to read The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides, because I loved his former novels The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex. This book is unlike the previous ones but definitely a winner for people who love to read. The three protagonists are seniors at Brown […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Christopher Buckley

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley is a book that will appeal to all, especially Baby Boomers and their offspring. It is extremely witty, well written and quite timely to say the least. Boomsday is the day that the majority of the Baby Boomers will begin retiring, pushing the United States into economic […]

Leslie Says… Read This (November 2011)

The Strangers on Montagu Street by Karen White Several years ago, I read Memory of Water, by Karen White and enjoyed the twists and turns of a mystery/romance set in the Lowcountry. Just out this month, her latest book, The Strangers on Montagu Street, is the third in a series of books featuring Melanie Middleton, […]

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