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A Dystopia for Every Reader

A Dystopia for Every Reader

Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)   Reality-based Dystopia Open Doors and Three […]

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Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Emma Donoghue Talks about THE WONDER

This week on Well Read, best-selling, award-winning author Emma Donoghue—of Room (2010) fame—will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her most recent novel, The Wonder (2016), released September 20. A historical thriller set in 1859 Ireland, Donoghue’s latest introduces English nurse Lib Wright and her “unsettling mission”: the care of 11-year-old […]

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Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Chinatown, Earthquakes, and Taking Care of Business: Stacey Lee’s OUTRUN THE MOON

Lynn: In Outrun the Moon (2016), Stacey Lee takes readers to 1906 San Francisco, introducing a feisty heroine who won’t take no for an answer.  Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong has big plans. Following the advice of a cherished business book, she plans to start her own import business and move her family out of Chinatown to Nob […]

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This Week on Well Read TV: Amor Towles Talks about A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW

This week on Well Read, author Amor Towles will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016), released September 6. Here, Towles trades in the 1930s New York backdrop of his first bestseller, Rules of Civility (2011), for 1920s Moscow, where Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov […]

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Poldark’s Back on PBS Masterpiece: Read-Alikes for Winston Graham Fans

Poldark’s Back on PBS Masterpiece: Read-Alikes for Winston Graham Fans

British drama Poldark returns to American airwaves on September 25, when its second season premieres on PBS’s Masterpiece. For a chance to win a CD of the unabridged audiobook Ross Poldark, the first novel in Winston Graham’s series upon which the first season of the show was based, leave a book recommendation of your own in the comments below. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Tasa’s Song

Inspired by her mother’s memories of growing up in eastern Poland during World War II, Linda Kass’s debut novel, Tasa’s Song (She Writes), follows the plight of Tasa and her Jewish family as they seek shelter in a friend’s underground bunker. For Tasa, recollections of “the sound and feel of her beloved violin” instill hope. […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: The Wonder

Famous for Room, as well as its Oscar-nominated film adaptation, Donoghue continues to display her mastery of suspense, this time in 1859 Ireland. Lib Wright, a nurse, watches over Anna, an 11-year-old who supposedly hasn’t eaten in four months. Since Anna doesn’t seem emaciated, Lib questions what the rest of the pious town deems a religious miracle and—as the trailer suggests—uncovers […]

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Have We Got a Story For You: The Inquisitor’s Tale

Have We Got a Story For You: The Inquisitor’s Tale

Lynn: When I first came across The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Sept. 2016), I wondered if the book was a retelling of the Jeanne d’Arc story. While the French love their Jeanne, hers has never been my favorite story; heroines burned at the stake are not exactement my glass of wine. It […]

Book Trailer Thursday: I Will Send Rain

With a humbling look to the past, this Thursday’s featured trailer gives life to the subject of Rae Meadow’s newest book I Will Send Rain, (Holt). Through the fictitious, yet unnervingly human, story of the Bull family, this forthcoming historical novel explores the struggles that real families endured during one of America’s most desperate crises: the Dust Bowl. The book trailer […]

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