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Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey By Frances Wilson

Despite being a school dropout, a lifelong deadbeat and drug addict, Thomas De Quincey was also an influential writer and critic ahead of his time.  He was a personal friend of several of the English Romantic poets and author Frances Wilson displays a deft understanding and descriptive style in recounting his virtues, his failings, and [...]

The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks

I encourage anyone with a rural background or a longing for the rural life to read The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks.  It’s actually a combination of reading and viewing the beautiful photographs of sheep and the Lake District in England where some families have been shepherds for centuries .  Rebanks explains the shepherd’s dialect, [...]

Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence

If breakfast is your favorite meal, the cookbook Big Bad Breakfast by John Currence is for you.  Currence owns several restaurants in Mississippi (including Big Bad Breakfast) and was on Top Chef Masters.  This book makes me almost want to make road trip to Mississippi – everything looks so delicious (sausage cinnamon rolls)!  I love [...]

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black

If you are in the habit of leaving your doors unlocked, you might turn over a new leaf after reading the first couple chapters of The Killing Lessons by Saul Black.  Rowena Cooper and her kids Nell and Josh live out in the middle of nowhere in Colorado.  Rowena’s baking cookies, Josh is upstairs with [...]

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

In Brian Panowich’s Bull Mountain, Sheriff Clayton Burroughs is trying his best to be a better man than everyone else in his extended family of criminals.  He is not corrupt, he is married to a good woman, and he tries to be a good boss.  Burroughs has messed up occasionally because he loves to drink [...]

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A friend recommended the author Taylor Jenkins Reid to me. In 7 days, I had made my way through all 3 standalone books Taylor Jenkins Reid has written. I am buying my time until summer 2016 when her 4th book is supposed to comes out. I listened to the audio book, After I Do through [...]

The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

I still fondly remember a violent western I read years ago called A Congregation of Jackals by S. Craig Zahler.  Although I have read lots of books I have loved since then (especially mysteries), I’ve never found anything similar.  Well, I’ve just finished The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman and although it’s not a western, [...]

Great Design by Philip Wilkinson

Dorling Kindersley is the British publisher best known for its many visual explorer titles for children. I was somewhat surprised to see this entry for adults. This 2013 title,Great Design, has made the New York Times Notable books of 2013 It’s no wonder. Befittingly, this book on great design…is a beautifully designed visual feast! Each 2-4 [...]

The Passage by Justin Cronin and NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I just finished two great horror novels and thought why not write a recommendation for both?  Justin Cronin’s The Passage came out several years ago and got stellar reviews-I just now got around to reading it and it was wonderful!  And a recent release that has gotten lots of rave reviews is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 [...]

Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg

I am usually very cautious about reading a story where an animal plays a large part.  I took a chance on Another Insane Devotion by Peter Trachtenberg.  It seemed, according to reviews, to treat the relationship between the cats and their people as real and meaningful, on the same level and with nuances as with [...]

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