Monday, December 12th, 2011
The Boy Who Saw Too Much, the first title in April Whitt's Private Eye Romeo Riley series, will surprise and delight you. Funny, inquisitive, and determined, Romeo Riley is a typical middle schooler in every way but one: Romeo was born with cerebral palsy. Nothing slows Romeo down-not his wheelchair, not his inability to speak, and certainly not other people's expectations. 
The Flirt
Friday, October 28th, 2011
Kathleen Tessaro's The Flirt exemplifies my favorite kind of chick-lit.  Colorful characters, minding their own business, find themselves in unusual, often a bit far fetched, situations that all come together in the end.
Friday, September 16th, 2011
My reading interests are broad, and I rarely turn away from books based on mere theme classifications. One of my favorite recent reads, The Book Thief, was marketed as young adult. Not a problem. Non-fiction? I'll give it a try. All this said, fantasy has a tough time getting through my open-genre policy. 
one day
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

This contemporary novel, set in London, follows the lives of two people over a period of 20 years.  Emma, a smart but poor girl from Yorkshire, and Dex, a lazy, entitled rich kid, meet in college on the day of their graduation in 1988. They become friends, and at times pen pals, as their lives and careers develop.
snow flower and the secret fan
Friday, August 12th, 2011
Set in 19th Century rural China, this engaging novel by Lisa See covers the friendship between Lily and Snow Flower from the time they are children until old age. Lily and Snow Flower are introduced by a matchmaker in order to raise Lily up from her supposedly lower class family to help her attract a higher class husband. The girls learn to communicate by way of nu shu, a secret fan language used by women developed over 1,000 years ago.
Monday, August 15th, 2011
If you like your heroines pure, innocent, and confident, Something Borrowed may not be the book for you. Rachel, the narrator of this chic lit, perfect for the summer beach story, gets drunk and sleeps with her best friend's fiancé in the first chapter. Then starts the fretting, misgivings, and cover up.

Fresh, smart, well-drawn characters save this book from melodrama or soapiness.

lincoln lawyer
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
We're in Dallas, and it's been hot.  Still is.  We're working on breaking the record for the longest stretch of days over 100 degrees.  It may be the only time Tamara can actually golf the temperature, except that it's been too hot to even play.  Other cities are suffering as well.
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Kick off your sandals, grab a lemonade and an easy chair and settle in for Then Came You, a great book to read when you travel. Jennifer Weiner, who has been a bit off her game since In Her Shoes, has written a compelling book about what women really want.
Friday, July 1st, 2011
My brother used to watch scary shows with both hands over his eyes. Whether it was the Lone Ranger and Tonto arriving in the nick of time or Sky King figuring out who the bad guys were and swooping in to apprehend them, his vision was totally blocked.
the lacuna
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
A historical novel situated in Mexico and the USA, Barbara Kingsolver's seventh work of fiction and 13th book won the Orange Prize honoring women fiction writers and is a New York Times bestseller. The acclaim is well deserved.
Friday, March 4th, 2011
As the exciting events in Egypt unfolded over the past three weeks, I re-read the novel Palace Walk, the first volume of Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy, a multi-generational saga of the middle-class Sawad family from World War I to World War II.  It is a rich portrayal of culture and politics during the period when Egyptian revolutionaries were trying to rid their country of British occupation. 
lotus thumb
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Ever since my brother was injured in battle, I've avoided movies and books set in Vietnam. Somehow the fictionalization of a war that so changed our family cheapened what had happened there. When my book club chose Tatjana Soli's novel, The Lotus Eaters, I loaded it to my Kindle without knowing a thing about the story or where it was set.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

I've been reading Patricia Highsmith's "Ripley" novels of late. They were billed as Psychological Thrillers when they were being published, although I read very little of the element of suspense in them. They are rife with black humor. Tom Ripley's kills are leisurely affairs, and he is hardly even worthy of being labeled psychopathic when measured against today's villains.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Can a dog be a Buddhist? After reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, narrated by a lab-terrier mix named Enzo, I believe a dog can be a Zen master. Everything Enzo knows about life he learns from his owner, Denny, or by watching television when he is home alone.
julie james
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
If you like contemporary romance and chick-lit, you'll love Julie James. A former attorney, she's written three novels, each with enough humor and romance to keep you engaged. 
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