Book Talk: *The Family Fang*, by Kevin Wilson

Book Talk: *The Family Fang*, by Kevin Wilson

The Family Fang: A Novel Kevin Wilson (blog) Ecco (a HarperCollins imprint), 2011, Hardcover (ISBN 0061579033 / 9780061579035) Fiction, 320 pages Source: ARC from publisher (pub date August 2011) Reason for reading: Review copy Opening lines: “Mr. and Mrs. Fang called it art. “Their children called it mischief. “‘You make a mess and then you walk away from it,’ their daughter, Annie, told them. ‘It’s a lot more complicated than that, honey,’ Mrs. Fang said […]

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 […]

BlogHer Book (Club) Talk: *How to Be an American Housewife*

BlogHer Book (Club) Talk: *How to Be an American Housewife*

How to Be an American Housewife Margaret Dilloway (Facebook) (Twitter)Berkley Trade (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback (ISBN 0425241297 / 9780425241295)Fiction, 352 pagesSource: PublisherReason for reading: Selection for the BlogHer Book Club (Review, promotion, and discussion participation compensated by BlogHer.com) Opening lines: “I had always been a disobedient girl. “When I was four, we lived in a grand house with a courtyard and a koi fishpond. My father worked as a lawyer and we were still rich, […]

Shelf Awareness Review: *Stasiland: Stories From behind the Berlin Wall*, by Anna Funder

Shelf Awareness Review: *Stasiland: Stories From behind the Berlin Wall*, by Anna Funder

This is a compensated review originally published in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission. The cover image shown is an affiliate link to IndieBound.org. Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall Anna Funder Harper Perennial (2011) trade paperback original (ISBN 1862075808 / 9781862075801)  History, 304 pages The Berlin Wall existed for forty years as both a physical and symbolic barrier in a city and a country divided by ideology; it’s been over […]

Book Talk: *Forbidden*, by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (Faith & Fiction Roundtable)

Book Talk: *Forbidden*, by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (Faith & Fiction Roundtable)

Forbidden (The Books of Mortals) Ted Dekker (Facebook) (Twitter) and Tosca Lee (Facebook) (Twitter) Center Street (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 1599953544 / 9781599953540) Fiction, 384 pages Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA 2011 Reason for reading: Faith & Fiction Roundtable discusssion Opening lines: “There was never a body. “Not even at a funeral. Mourners sat angled to one another in the stiff pews to avoid looking directly at the empty casket and the destiny hanging […]

Book Talk: *A Year and Six Seconds*, by Isabel Gillies

Book Talk: *A Year and Six Seconds*, by Isabel Gillies

This is a compensated review written for Shelf Awareness for Readers and is posted here with permission. A Year and Six Seconds: A Love Story Isabel Gillies Voice (August 2, 2011), hardcover (ISBN 9781401341626) Memoir, 256 pages Isabel Gillies believes it takes a full six seconds to fall in love. However, one has to be ready and willing to experience those six seconds. After Gillies’ first marriage ended, it took about a year for her to […]

Book Talk: *Where You Left Me*, by Jennifer Gardner Trulson

Book Talk: *Where You Left Me*, by Jennifer Gardner Trulson

This is a compensated review originally written for Shelf Awareness for Readers and is posted here with permission. Where You Left Me Jennifer Gardner Trulson Gallery Books (August 30, 2011), hardcover (ISBN 9781451621426) Memoir, 256 pages The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center took their single greatest toll on the financial-services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost more than 600 employees. Jennifer Gardner’s husband Doug was a senior executive at Cantor, and was […]

Book Talk: *The Handmaid’s Tale,* by Margaret Atwood

Book Talk: *The Handmaid’s Tale,* by Margaret Atwood

Book Blogger Appreciation Week programming will be joined in progress tomorrow. When I scheduled the wrap-up for the group read of The Handmaid’s Tale for this week…well, I kind of forgot that it would conflict with BBAW. Oops! The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood (Twitter) (Facebook) Anchor (1998), Trade Paperback reprint (ISBN 9780385490818) (original publication date 1986) Fiction (speculative), 320 pages Source: personal copy (Note: This is the publication info for my original copy of the […]

BlogHer Book Club Talk: *Slow Love,* by Dominique Browning

BlogHer Book Club Talk: *Slow Love,* by Dominique Browning

So far – 24 years into my chosen career – I’ve never lost a job. My fingers are crossed that the streak will continue, but who knows? The recession we can’t shake has hit a lot of mid-career workers at a point where they might have expected security and stability, setting them adrift at an awkward age – too old for entry level, too young to retire. When House & Garden magazine shut down in […]

Book Talk: *Bite Me: A Love Story*, by Christopher Moore

Book Talk: *Bite Me: A Love Story*, by Christopher Moore

Bite Me: A Love Story Christopher Moore (Twitter) (Facebook) (blog) Read by Susan Bennett William Morrow (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover (ISBN 0061779725 / 9780061779725) (Audible Audiobook ASIN B003DQVEBM) Fiction, 320 pages Source: purchased audiobook Reason for reading: personal, favorite author Opening lines: “‘The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired […]

(Audio)Book Talk: *You Suck: A Love Story*, by Christopher Moore

(Audio)Book Talk: *You Suck: A Love Story*, by Christopher Moore

You Suck: A Love Story Christopher Moore (Twitter) (Facebook) (blog) Read by Susan Bennett William Morrow (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover (ISBN 0060590297 / 9780060590291) (Audio ASIN B000MTEC80) Fiction, 336 pages Source: Purchased audiobook Reason for reading: Personal, a favorite author Opening Lines: “‘You bitch, you killed me! You suck!’ “Tommy had just awakened for the first time as a vampire. He was nineteen, thin, and had spent his entire life between states of amazement and […]

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: *This Beautiful Life*, by Helen Schulman

Book Talk: *This Beautiful Life*, by Helen Schulman

This Beautiful Life: A NovelHelen SchulmanHarper (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 0062024388 / 9780062024381)Contemporary fiction, 240 pagesSource: ARC from publisher (pub date 8/2/2011)Reason for reading: personal, review copy Opening lines: “Her mouth filled the screen. Purple lip gloss, clear braces. “‘Still think I’m too young?’ “She leaned over, the fixed lens of the camera catching a tiny spray of blemishes on her cheek, like a comet’s spray. Her hair had been bleached white, with long, blond roots, […]

Book Talk: *Small Town Sinners*, by Melissa Walker

Book Talk: *Small Town Sinners*, by Melissa Walker

Small Town Sinners Melissa Walker (Twitter) (Facebook) Bloomsbury USA Children’s (2011), Hardcover (ISBN 1599905272 / 9781599905273) Fiction (YA), 288 pages Source: ARC from publisher (pub date July 2011) Reason for reading: Faith and Fiction Roundtable discussion Opening lines: “‘Take the wheel,’ says Starla Joy, sticking the grape lollipop she’s been working on into her mouth. She doesn’t even wait to see if I’ve followed her instructions – she just lets go and strips down, pulling […]

Book Talk: *The Girls of Murder City*, by Douglas Perry

Book Talk: *The Girls of Murder City*, by Douglas Perry

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired CHICAGO Douglas Perry (book page) Penguin (Non-Classics) (2011), Paperback (ISBN 0143119222 / 9780143119227) History (20th century), 320 pages (including references) Source: Publisher (new paperback edition), for review Reason for Reading: Unputdownables’ Early Reader Group selection Opening Lines: “The most beautiful women in the city were murderers. “The radio said so. The newspapers, when they arrived, would surely say worse. Beulah Annan peered […]