Gregory Maguire’s ‘Hiddensee’ Is A Grown Up Fairytale [REVIEW]

Nutcracker

Discover the tale of the once and future Nutcracker in Gregory Maguire’s Hiddensee. (Photo by Garen Meguerian, Flickr)

Most all of us grew up with fairy tales. But let’s be honest, these days we’re used to the homogenized Disney versions rather than the darker folk tales penned by the Brothers Grimm or even E. T. A. Hoffmann. Now with Hiddensee, New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire takes us back to the ominous Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich to show us just how the world-famous Nutcracker originated.
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Is This ‘End Game’ for David Baldacci’s Blue Man? [REVIEW]

Assassins in Grand, Colorado

When their handler disappears, Will Robie and Jessica Reel head to Grand, Colorado to find him in David Baldacci’s End Game. (Photo by Jonathan Hull, Flickr)

When their boss disappears into thin air, two of the nation’s best assets must travel to the heart of the country to find him before all is lost forever. The tension mounts in David Baldacci’s latest nailbiting thriller, End Game.  Read more of this post

Fall in Love with Debbie Macomber’s ‘Merry and Bright’ [REVIEW]

Snow on eyelashes

Merry Knight loves catching snowflakes on her eyelashes in Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright. (Photo by Stephen Poff, Flickr)

Falling in love is tricky business in the fast-paced world we live in. Besides, who has the time? Discover what happens when the best of intentions leads to the most complicated of circumstances in Debbie Macomber’s sweet new romance, Merry and Bright.  Read more of this post

‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

Girl eating

Discover why we need to eat with purpose in National Geographic’s The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D.. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, Flickr)

Most of us realize that when we eat well, we feel better. But if the food we eat is too rich or sugary, it can make us feel sick to our stomachs. National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, helps us make sense of this gut-brain connection and shows us how to use it to our advantage.  Read more of this post

Sometimes ‘The Crooked Path’ is the Most Rewarding [REVIEW]

South Africa

In South Africa, a woman finds the road to happiness to be The Crooked Path. (Photo by Julie Laurent, Flickr)

When a South African young girl who never seems quite good enough in her own mind has her heart crushed and her dreams shattered, will she allow her personal tragedy to define her life or will she forge ahead more determined than ever to construct her own destiny? Find out in Irma Joubert’s The Crooked Path. Read more of this post