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Taylor Says… Read This Book by Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin Cronin “It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” If you like an exciting, spooky story, this one is for you. It starts off with law enforcement officers gathering death row inmates for a secret government experiment that hopes to create “immortal humans.” Of course, […]

Leslie Says… Read This Book by Dr. Eben Alexander

Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander Dr. Eben Alexander is a man of science – a Harvard educated, well-respected neurosurgeon; this man is first and foremost a believer in facts, scientific research and what can be seen and proven empirically. Dr. Alexander’s life was turned upside down in 2008, when he contracted a rare […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson, is a remarkable and timely novel about a man living an unbelievable life in North Korea. This literary thriller, so to speak, is about the hidden world of North Korea with all its misery, violence and impossible circumstances. Pak Jun Do […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by J.K. Rowling

A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling It is understandable that everyone is excited about a new J.K. Rowling novel, her legendary Harry Potter books opened new worlds in literature for the young and old. A Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first adult novel, and believe me – it is definitely not for children. The novel begins […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian I liked Chris Bohjalian’s books, Midwives and The Double Bind and thoroughly enjoyed his latest, The Sandcastle Girls. Inspired by his grandparents’ background, this novel explores the suffering of the Armenian genocide of 1915 during the First World War and brings us to Bronxville, New York, in 2012. Bohjalian […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus, is a smashing tale of magic, greed and love at the turn of the 19th century. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black and white striped canvas tent […]

Lisa Says… Read This Book by Robert Goolrick

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Goolrick’s first novel, A Reliable Wife, and was equally pleased with his new book, Heading Out to Wonderful. Another love triangle, this one is set in Brownsburg, Virginia, the kind of town where no crime has ever […]

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 […]

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