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The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Pastiches of childrens’ stories are always very popular, and often calibrated for older audiences. Such is the case with The Three Little Pigs: an architectural tale.  Illustrator Steven Guarnaccia from the Parsons New School for Design, has taken the classic tale using architects Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright for his pigs…and builders!Wright’s [...]

The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Let me start by saying, I am a fan of Anne Tyler.  If she writes it I will read it. Having said that, I am nearly always disappointed with her endings. So, why do I keep coming back? Because I believe her work.  I know her characters, even if I don’t always like them, I [...]

Poor Girl Gourmet by Amy McCoy

I enjoy cooking, but sometimes my eyes bug out at the cost of the ingredients on my grocery list.  Poor Girl Gourmet is a fantastic cookbook if you are interested in creating dishes that are delicious, and on the cheaper side.  The ingredients and instructions are easy to read, and are well organized on the [...]

Mad Women by Jane Maas

Are you a fan of the T.V. series, Mad Men?  If you are, and wonder about what it was really like for women in advertising in the 1960s, Jane Maas’ light biography, Mad Women, is right for you.  Maas began as a copywriter at Ogilvie & Mather in the 1960s and ultimately became President of [...]

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel comes after her prize-winning Wolf Hall and I think it is just as good.  While Wolf Hall followed Henry the VIII trying to legally get rid of his wife Katherine so he could marry Anne Boleyn, in this book Henry is tired of Anne and wants rid of [...]

The Red Book by Deborah Kogan

Is there a reunion in your future?  You might just enjoy the Deborah Kogan’s zany novel, The Red Book, focusing on the antics at a 20th anniversary re-union of  the 1989 graduating class at Harvard. The book’s title comes from Harvard’s class reports that have been continuously published for each class prior to their every [...]

Welcome to the Fallen Paradise by Dayne Sherman

When Jesse Tadlock’s mother dies and leaves him a life insurance policy, he decides to leave his career in the Army to move back home to Louisiana.  The local sheriff promises him a job and his old girlfriend is divorced and interested in going out with him again.  Jesse takes his savings and buys himself [...]

1222 by Anne Holt

Jo Nesbo calls Anne Holt, author of 1222, “the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction” and I know why!  Her work is wonderful and I am so delighted that her Hanne Wilhelmsen detection novels are beginning to be translated into English.  1222 is the 3rd of the Wilhelmsen novels. The first two are being translated [...]

Vacation by Matthew Costello

Vacation by Matthew Costello contains a common horror theme-disaster strikes and afterwards humans are only safe in small restricted areas around the country.  In this case disaster was too much tinkering with and genetically modifying the nation’s food supply coupled with a massive drought.  The results were that some citizens became “can-heads” who seek other [...]

Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson

Running away to Home by Jennifer Wilson is a fascinating look at another culture through the eyes of an American family.  Wilson, her husband, Jim, and two young children, spent four months in Croatia in the village of Mrkpalj, from whence Wilson’s great grandparents emigrated to America.  One day the Wilsons are living the hectic [...]

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