The Feathered Bone

The Book: The Feathered Bone, by Julie Cantrell The Blurb: In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a…

The Rejected Writers Book Club: Southlea Bay #1

The Book: The Rejected Writers’ Book Club, by Suzanne Kelman The Blurb: When small-town librarian Janet Johnson is persuaded to attend a gathering of local eccentric lady writers known as “The Rejected Writers Book Club,” she gets pulled into a kaleidoscope of craziness she never knew existed. Collecting publisher’s rejection letters like trophies, this quirky…

A Reunion of Ghosts

The Book: A Reunion of Ghosts, by Judith Claire Mitchell The Blurb: In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters—Lady, Vee, and Delph—finalize their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the…

When Walt Whitman Reviewed His Own Book

by Shaunacy Ferro via mentalfloss.com Literary society was not quite ready for Walt Whitman when his transformative volume, Leaves of Grass, came out in 1855. Whitman revised and expanded the poetry collection throughout his life and it’s now considered an essential part of the American literary canon. But when the collection was released, the contemporary reviews…

Until We are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran

The Book: Until We are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran, by Shirin Ebadi The Blurb:  The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired millions around the globe through her work as a human rights lawyer defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. Now…

The Leap of Forgiveness: Sea of Souls #2

The Book: The Leap of Forgiveness, by April Geremia The Blurb: What if everything you’ve ever been told is a lie? When Joshua was just a young boy in the 60’s, he was told his mother took her own life and left him to be raised by an emotionally absent man and a woman who…

B&N nukes the NOOK with a 15 March deadline for customers to save content

By Stuart Lauchlan via diginomica March 7, 2016 Come 15 March, Barnes & Noble will be accelerating its digital retreat from the NOOK experiment, leaving customers with a week to salvage their purchased content. While we remain committed to providing a great digital reading experience to our customers, we are exploring all opportunities to reduce…

The Passenger

The Book: The Passenger, by Lisa Lutz The Blurb: In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it… Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya…

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, the author of The Prince of Tides and The Death of Santini, has died from pancreatic cancer. He was 70. He announced last month that he had been diagnosed with cancer, saying he intended to “fight it hard.” Doubleday, Conroy’s publisher, released a statement confirming Conroy’s death. He died at his Beaufort, S.C.,…

Movie News: ‘The Divergent Series – Allegiant’

The third installment in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series hits movie theaters on March 18. But while Allegiant is the final book in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, the franchise is following in the steps of previous YA franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games by splitting the last book into two films. So, undoubtedly,…

Missing Pieces

The Book: Missing Pieces, by Heather Gudenkauf The Blurb: Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate,…

Best Hair Book Ever!

The Book: Best Hair Book Ever!, by FaithGirlz! The Blurb: Buh-bye, bad hair days! This complete guide to care, cuts and cute styles makes it easy to have amazing hair each and every day of the week. With tons of tutorials for pretty ponies, bold braids and easy up-dos, you’ll go from school to sports…