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“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Dana Thompson

June 6, 2012

When a book is warmly recommended to you by three or more of your friends, you would be unwise to not read it. Unwise or spiteful. I say spiteful because I am a member of the Don't Read It If It's On The New York Times Bestseller List Club and I completely understand being a book hipster. It's okay. Like financial success and ma...

“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen

“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen

Dana Thompson

June 1, 2012

Anticipating a weeklong period of loafing upon my return home from Whitman, I decided to pick up a low-commitment read at my local (seventy miles is local, right?) bookstore. Nothing too intellectually or emotionally demanding. And I got it. "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen (first red f...

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ tells bittersweet, charming love story

April 5, 2012

by Karin Tompkins Young adult novelist John Green, author of the award-winning novels "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns," alters his storytelling method for his new novel, "The Fault in Our Stars." Green's previous novels tell stories of unrequited love from the perspective of skinny, geeky yo...

French’s first three novels promise better things to come

Ellie Gold

April 25, 2011

What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship with truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass. --"In the Woods" "In The Woods", "The Likeness" and "Faithful Place" are the first three Dublin Murder Squad mysteries by author Tana French. ...

“Tender Morsels” presents fairy-tale narrative of abuse and healing

“Tender Morsels” presents fairy-tale narrative of abuse and healing

Ellie Gold

February 3, 2011

"Tender Morsels" Margo Lanagan Random House 2008 433 pages Margo Lanagan's novel is a dark and violent coming-of-age fairy tale, but from the first sentence "Tender Morsels" is not your ordinary fairy story. The novel is a retelling of "Snow White and Rose Red," and a blatant one at that. L...

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