Sara Ackerman’s ‘The Lieutenant’s Nurse’ [EXCERPT]

Cadet Nurse

Newly enlisted Army Corps Nurse Eva Cassidy has her reasons for going to Hawaii. (Image courtesy Keijo Knutas/US Cadet Nurse Corps, Flickr)

We love a great wartime story. There always seems to be a fascinating untold chapter that emerges out of the chaos and ignites our imaginations. Perhaps it is the enormity of the situation and all the emotional mountains that arise out of it that keeps us turning pages. Between the constant threat of danger, the impulsive romances, the amazing courage and the debilitating fear that fuels such tales, they are bound to draw us in, right? And Sara Ackerman does just that in her latest novel, The Lieutenant’s Nurse. We hope you enjoy this exclusive excerpt! —J&H Read more of this post

Seven Questions with Author Samantha Grosser [INTERVIEW]

Samantha Grosser

Besotted with Shakespeare since childhood, writing about the world’s most famous bard comes naturally for novelist Samantha Grosser. (Photo courtesy Samantha Grosser, Facebook)

After writing several period pieces surrounding World War II and the translation of the King James Bible, novelist Samantha Grosser turns her attention to England’s most infamous playwright, William Shakespeare. In her latest novel, she crafts a story around the play Macbeth and the raffish world within the Globe Theater. In this exclusive interview, I am delighted to discover that Sam is as fascinating as her subject matter. —JRW Read more of this post

Susan Mallery’s ‘California Girls’ Take Us On A Life-Affirming Journey Toward Recovery [REVIEW]

Three girls sharing lunch

Three sisters get dumped in the same week in Susan Mallery’s California Girls. (Photo by Thomas Hawk, Flickr)

Three sisters. Three men who dump them in rather atrocious ways. Will these siblings be able to regain their footing or will pain cripple them for life? Find out in Susan Mallery’s insightful new novel, California Girls.  Read more of this post

‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

New York City waterbug

In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post

‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ Dares to Enlighten [REVIEW]

Race, Feminism and Activism

Chaired by Hannah Pool, Pragna Patel (Director of Southhall Black Sisters), Emma Dabril (Visual Sociologist and Blogger), Reni Eddo-Lodge (Writer and Campaigner) and Shilpa Shah (Co-Founder of the Akashi Project) participate in a panel discussion on Race, Feminism and Activism (Photo by Barrow Cadbury Trust, Flickr)

I have always been keenly aware of racial discrimination, which might seem strange coming from a white man. But growing up in Southern California among a swelling Latino and Asian population, and then in the South where most of my friends had darker skin than I do, I thought I understood the divide. But after reading Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, I now realize why this conversation is still vital, especially now. Read more of this post