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Book Review — The Last Book Party

The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess It is 1987 and aspiring writer Eve Rosen is languishing in an unexciting assistant job for a New York publisher. She’s not really writing but she talks about it a lot. She also falls under the shadow of her brilliant mathematical brother. She’s sort of stuck. An invitation…

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Book Review — Spying on the South

Spying on the South : An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz Horwitz traces the route of Fredrick Law Olmsted’s trek through the south in the 1850s on the eve of the Civil War. Olmsted’s dispatches on slavery, its defenders, and cotton as king appeared in the New York Times. Horwitz’s observations, dovetailed…

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Book Review — Biloxi: A Novel by Mary Miller

His wife left him, he has little connection to his daughter, he quit his job in anticipation of a sizeable inheritance from his recently deceased father and, at 63, Louis spends his time watching reality TV, drinking beer (lots of beer), accepting take-out leftovers from his brother-in-law, feeling forlorn and pretty much expecting this is…

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Book Review — The Mother-In-Law: A Novel by Sally Hepworth

Lucy, whose mother died when she was young, hoped for a close and loving relationship with her mother-in-law. What she got instead was a very complicated relationship with her aloof and rather cold mother-in law. Then her mother-in-law dies in an apparent suicide. Things start falling apart for the whole family when police begin investigating…

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Book Review — Rough Magic

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer I became aware of the Mongol Derby, a 1,000 kilometer race across the Mongolian steppes recreating the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, at my kitchen table a few years ago from a woman recounting her experience riding this dangerous and lonely race.…

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Book Review — The Last Romantics

The Last Romantics: A Novel by Tara Conklin An epic novel that revolves around the Skinner family. When the father suddenly dies the three daughters, son, and wife are left untethered. With dwindling resources they move to a smaller place is a not so great neighborhood and Noni, the mother disappears into her room for…

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Book Review — Savage News by Jessica Yellin

Journalist Natalie Savage had finally made the big time as a White House correspondent for a major television network; a goal she has aspired to since girlhood. The problem is that it’s temporary, as she is forced to compete for the spot permanently with a pretty boy/no substance/inexperienced upstart whose major asset is that he…

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Book Review — Lullaby Road

Lullaby Road: A Novel by James Anderson Truck driver Ben Jones drives a remote section of Route 117 in Utah delivering goods to local residents, most of whom are hermits or have some reason to live a solitary existence. Ben has a checkered past himself and this work suits him. On a wintry day things…

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Author Event Saturday — Don’t Skip Out on Me

by Carol Lloyd — Determined to prove his worth, a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand from Tonopah who was abandoned by his parents, leaves his aging guardians to become a champion boxer before matches organized in Mexico and Las Vegas lead to his realization that he cannot change his identity or outrun his destiny. Vlautin’s writings…

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