Book Talk: *The Baker’s Daughter*, by Sarah McCoy (TLC)

Book Talk: *The Baker’s Daughter*, by Sarah McCoy (TLC)

The Baker’s Daughter: A Novel Sarah McCoy (blog) (Facebook) (Twitter) (Goodreads) Crown (January 2012), Hardcover (ISBN 0307460185 / 9780307460189) (paperback edition publishing August 2012) Fiction, 304 pages Source: Publisher Reason for Reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines: “Long after the downstairs oven had cooled to the touch and the upstairs had grown warm with bodies cocooned in cotton sheets, she slipped her feet from beneath the thin coverlet and quietly made her way through the […]

Book Talk: *So L.A.*, by Bridget Hoida

Book Talk: *So L.A.*, by Bridget Hoida

So L.A.Bridget Hoida (Facebook)Lettered Press (2012), trade paperback original (ISBN 0985129433 / 9780985129439)Fiction, 384 pagesSource: publisherReason for Reading: TLC Book Tour, CBS LA’s Summer Reading Guide Opening lines: “The nine people I know in Los Angeles—and by know, I don’t mean people I lunch with, I mean the nine people who have seen me naked—those nine people would never believe it, but sometimes in the San Joaquin Valley it gets so hot the fields spontaneously […]

Book Talk: *The Flight of Gemma Hardy*, by Margot Livesey (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *The Flight of Gemma Hardy*, by Margot Livesey (TLC Book Tour)

The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel Margot Livesey (Facebook) (Twitter) Harper Perennial (June 2012), Paperback (ISBN 0062064231 / 9780062064233) Fiction, 480 pages Source: Publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines: “We did not go for a walk on the first day of the year. The Christmas snow had melted, and rain had been falling since dawn, darkening the shrubbery and muddying the grass, but that would not have stopped my aunt from […]

TLC Book Tour Feature: *The American Bible*, by Stephen Prothero

TLC Book Tour Feature: *The American Bible*, by Stephen Prothero

The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation Stephen Prothero (Twitter) HarperOne (2012), Hardcover (ISBN 0062123432 / 9780062123435) Nonfiction (history/commentary), 544 pages Source: Publisher, for TLC Book Tours Book description, from the publisher’s website: Since Thomas Jefferson first recorded those self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence, America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen […]

Book Talk: *The Chaperone*, by Laura Moriarty

Book Talk: *The Chaperone*, by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone Laura Moriarty (Facebook) Riverhead (June 2012), Hardcover (ISBN 1594487014 / 9781594487019) Fiction, 384 pages Source: ARC from publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour (last stop!) Opening lines: “The first time Cora heard the name Louise Brooks, she was parked outside the Wichita Library in a Model-T Ford, waiting for the rain to stop. If Cora had been alone, unencumbered, she might have made a dash across the lawn and up the library’s stone […]

Book Talk: *I Am Forbidden*, by Anouk Markovits

Book Talk: *I Am Forbidden*, by Anouk Markovits

I Am Forbidden: A Novel Anouk Markovits Hogarth (2012), Hardcover (ISBN 0307984737 / 9780307984739) Fiction, 320 pages Source: Publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines: “Light, fast, Zalman’s heels rapped the ground as he ran, naked, down the center aisle of the House of Prayer. His hands reached toward the Torah scroll raised above the altar, but the embroidered mantle slid up and out of sight. The scroll spread open, revealing a passage […]

Book Talk: *The Western Lit Survival Kit*, by Sandra Newman (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *The Western Lit Survival Kit*, by Sandra Newman (TLC Book Tour)

The Western Lit Survival Kit: An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, from Homer to Faulkner Sandra Newman Gotham (January 2012), Paperback Original (ISBN 1592406947 / 9781592406944) Nonfiction/literary criticism, 304 pages Source: ARC from publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour From the Introduction: “This book treats Western lit like an amusement park. It offers a guide to the rides, suggesting which ones are fun for all ages, which are impossibly dull for all ages, and […]

Book Talk: *The Personal History of Rachel DuPree*, by Ann Weisgarber (updated post)

Book Talk: *The Personal History of Rachel DuPree*, by Ann Weisgarber (updated post)

(This is a revised/updated post reflecting my thoughts upon finishing this novel. It was originally published on December 8, 2011 to meet a commitment for a TLC Book Tour date.) The Personal History of Rachel DuPree: A Novel Ann Weisgarber Penguin (Non-Classics) (2011), Paperback (ISBN 0143119486 / 9780143119487) Fiction (historical), 336 pages Source: Publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines: “I still see her, our Liz, sitting on a plank, dangling over that […]

Book Talk: *The Betsy-Tacy Treasury*, by Maud Hart Lovelace (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *The Betsy-Tacy Treasury*, by Maud Hart Lovelace (TLC Book Tour)

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books Maud Hart Lovelace Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2011), Trade Paperback (ISBN 0062095870 / 9780062095879) Fiction (children’s), 736 pages Source: Publisher Reason for reading: TLC Book Tour Book description, from the publisher’s website: There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy’s age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she […]

Book Talk: *The Heroine’s Bookshelf*, by Erin Blakemore (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *The Heroine’s Bookshelf*, by Erin Blakemore (TLC Book Tour)

The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder Erin Blakemore (Facebook) (Twitter) (Blog) Harper (2010), Hardcover (ISBN 006195876X / 9780061958762) Nonfiction/literary criticism/biography, 224 pages Source: personal copy Reason for reading: Participation in TLC Book Tour to support the paperback release* Opening lines (from the Introduction): “In times of struggle, there are as many reasons not to read as there are to breathe. Don’t you have better things to do? Reading, let alone […]

Book Talk: *Fathermucker*, by Greg Olear (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Fathermucker*, by Greg Olear (TLC Book Tour)

Fathermucker: A Novel Greg Olear (Facebook) (Twitter) (tie-in blog) Harper Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback (ISBN 0062059718 / 9780062059710) Fiction, 320 pages Source: Publisher provided Reason for Reading: TLC Book Tour Opening lines: “Fatherhood is fear. Fatherhood is disappointment. Fatherhood is anger and envy and lust. And the surest guarantee of fatherly success is a Spock-like mastery of those base emotions. Mister Spock, not Doctor. “Good fathers conquer fear. They become One with their phobias. Like […]

Book Talk: *By Nightfall*, by MIchael Cunningham

Book Talk: *By Nightfall*, by MIchael Cunningham

By Nightfall: A Novel Michael Cunningham (Facebook) Picador, 2011; Trade Paperback (ISBN 0312610432 / 9780312610432) Fiction, 256 pages Source: Hardcover, provided by publisher Reason for Reading: Review and BOOK CLUB discussion hosted at Linus’s Blanket today Opening Lines: “The Mistake is coming to stay for a while. “‘Are you mad about Mizzy?’ Rebecca says. “‘Of course not,’ Peter answers.” Book description, via the publisher’s website:Peter and Rebecca Harris, midforties, are prosperous denizens of Manhattan. He’s […]

Book Talk: *Anthropology of an American Girl*, by Hilary Thayer Hamann (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Anthropology of an American Girl*, by Hilary Thayer Hamann (TLC Book Tour)

Anthropology of an American Girl: A Novel Hilary Thayer Hamann (Facebook) (Twitter) Spiegel & Grau (2010), Edition: Revised, Hardcover (ISBN 9780385527149 / 0385527144) Fiction, 624 pages Source: Publisher, via TLC Book Tours in support of the paperback release Reason for Reading: blog tour, personal wishlist Opening lines: “Kate turned to check the darkening clouds and the white arc of her throat looked long like the neck of a preening swan. We pedaled past the mansions […]

Book Talk: *Nerd Do Well,* by Simon Pegg

Book Talk: *Nerd Do Well,* by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid Simon Pegg (Twitter) Gotham (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 1592406815 / 9781592406814) Nonfiction/memoir (mostly), 368 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour, known writer (although not known for books), guilty-pleasure genre Opening lines: “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me queasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows […]

Book Talk: *Faith*, by Jennifer Haigh (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Faith*, by Jennifer Haigh (TLC Book Tour)

Faith: A Novel Jennifer Haigh Harper (May 2011), Hardcover (ISBN 0060755806 / 9780060755805) Fiction, 304 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour, personal interest (known author) Opening lines*: “Here is a story my mother has never told me. “It is a day she’s relived a thousand times, the 21st of June, 1951, the longest day of that or any year. A day that still hasn’t ended, as some […]