Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

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Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South.  Read more of this post

‘Start Without Me’ Illustrates Why Some of Us Avoid Going Home at All Costs [REVIEW]

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In Start Without Me, Joshua Max Feldman proves that sometimes going back to your childhood home isn’t as joyous as it could be. (Photo by Doug Kerr, Flickr)

Home for the holidays. The very thought of it conjures up idealized Hollywood scenarious where everything is perfect, blanketed in clean white snow, with the family gathered around the table sharing fond, sweet memories of yesteryear. But in Joshua Max Feldman’s new novel, Start Without Me, he depicts another type of homecoming altogether. In fact, this story is as far from a Frank Capra movie as you can get.  Read more of this post

Jane Green’s ‘Summer Secrets’ Offers Surprising Depth [REVIEW]

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A young woman must reconcile her past before she can have a future in Jane Green’s SUMMER SECRETS.
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As the old saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover.” That has never been more true than with Jane Green’s Summer Secrets. Upon first examination of the book jacket and the novel’s synopsis, I thought this would be a lighthearted beach read, yet it proved to be anything but fun. Read more of this post

Brooke Shields’ Faces Her Family’s Demons In ‘There Was A Little Girl’

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There Was A Little Girl

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Family relationships can truly be the most complicated of all, and yet we always hope they can change for the better. In Brooke Shields new book, There Was A Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, she candidly recounts how the course of her life was forever altered by her mother’s addiction to alcohol. Read more of this post