‘Brother,’ Can You Spare Some Empathy? [REVIEW]

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David Chariandy’s Brother throbs with life, in part due to the music that permeates it. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A mother’s sacrifice. One girl’s ambitions. Two brothers’ dreams. And the act of violence that will change each of their lives forever. Discover why David Chariandy’s Brother has become one of the most beloved novels of our time. 

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Grieving Widow Thwarts Danger In ‘State of Lies’ [REVIEW]

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Sometimes you can’t trust anyone at all. (Photo courtesy Canva)

He is a loving husband and doting father. Then the unthinkable happens and his family is left behind to grieve. Soon they realize pieces to his story don’t fit. Some are left out altogether. Does his family know who he is at all? Find out in Siri Mitchell’s latest thrill ride, State of Lies.  Read more of this post

‘Presidents’ Day’ Preys Upon America’s Worst Fears [REVIEW]

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In Seth Margolin’s Presidents’ Day, the White House could soon be run by an evil tyrant. (Photo by angela n., Flickr)

One man with a grand scheme and ulterior motives has every intention of insuring who gets elected as the new ruler of the free world. But what does he really want and what is his ultimate agenda? Find out in Seth Margolis’ brilliant new novel, Presidents’ Day.  Read more of this post

War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix Reveals the Very Real Dangers of Journalism in ‘Dirty Wars and Polished Silver’ [REVIEW]

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Whether dodging bullets or working a room as the ambassador’s wife, Lynda Schuster has seen it all and lived to tell about it. (Photo courtesy Lynda Schuster)

Sometimes the very things we try to outrun wind up being the things we embrace. So how does a teenage girl trying to leave behind a brain numbing Midwestern upbringing in search of adventure wind up being a journalist in some of the world’s most dangerous hot zones and ultimately, the wife of an American diplomat? Find out in the fascinating memoir, Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix by Lynda Schuster.  Read more of this post

‘Monticello’ Leaves An Indelible Mark On American Literature [REVIEW]

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Home isn’t what it used to be when Thomas Jefferson and his daughter, Martha, return to Virginia in Sally Cabot Gunning’s Monticello. (Photo by Robert Kocher, Flickr)

Being the child of a celebrity has never been easy. With so many demands upon the parent’s schedule, culling out time for a family is difficult at best. So what was it like to be the child of one of the most prominent and influential men in U.S. history? Find out in Sally Cabot Gunning’s enlightening new novel, Monticello.  Read more of this post