Bookwatch: ‘The Ada Decades’

Tick. Tick. Tick. Your grandmother used to warn you not to wish your life away. The years pass quickly enough, she said, so hold each minute. Savor what you have. Enjoy your days, months, years and The Ada Decades by Paula Martinac. Ada’s daddy needed help around the house. Once, that was Clay Jr.’s job […]

A double-edged peek at the emotional process of transitioning

Your hair is grayer than it was back then. You’ve both packed on pounds here and there, too. A few wrinkles surround your smiles, but that’s okay – you’re not fresh-faced kids anymore. You’ve aged, you’ve softened and, in the new book Transitioning Together by Wenn and Beatrice Lawson, you’ve changed quite a bit. Long […]

This noir novel is an old black-and-white movie in book form

Can you float me a loan? It’s a common question when your friends know you’re flush with cash. Can I hold a ten for a minute? Can you spot me five? Sure, you probably could but will it be hard to collect on that debt or, as in the new noir mystery, Death Goes Overboard […]

Get ready for a first-rate thriller

It wasn’t where you put it down. The last time you saw it, it was over there where you laid it. You remember doing that; you even gave yourself a brain-nudge so you wouldn’t forget but now it’s not where it should be, and that bugs you. Now, as in the new novel Finding Gideon […]

Bookwatch summer reads

Five big X’s. That’s what you’ve got on your calendar, running in a line right across the week you’re on vacation. Yep, five days away and you’re already planning on what to pack – so don’t forget a book… OUT IN JULY Your vacation will be happier with novels by Julie Garwood, Daniel Silva, Susan […]

This story is just plain weird!

Move over. You’re taking up too much space. There’d be enough seats if you didn’t have two of them, so skootch down. Let someone else in. There’s room for everybody and everyone fits, but in the new book The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono, not everybody fits in. Nine-year-old Sumac […]

A great reminder that adolescence is hard

Mom says you’re growing like a weed. It’s true: you’ve outgrown your favorite sweater, your best shirt, and all your summer shoes. The only thing that fits is a pair of trousers that were once too big – but in the new book The Pants Project by Cat Clarke, you might have to fight to […]

Bookwatch: ‘This Is How It Always Is’

You must not tell. You cannot breathe a word to anyone who doesn’t already know. That Which Cannot Be Spoken must remain buried, put away, frozen, lips sealed, or in the closet. You cannot tell because, as in the new novel This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, secrets change everything. In the […]

Discover this light, gossipy and a little scandalous read

It’s all about who you know. The guy who bags your groceries might have stock tips for you. A co-worker introduces you to your next best friend. You find a great restaurant from your stylist, a new job from a former classmate, and your neighbor gives you gardening advice. It’s all about who you know […]

Scores: The story of a gay man who owned a mainstream strip club

“I’m telling!” If you were ever a child, that whine is familiar to you. It indicated a tattletale nearby, a secret spilled to Mom, and somebody about to be in trouble. Whatever. Annoying as it was, “I’m telling” never hurt much more than your pride then. Today, as in the new book Scores by Michael […]

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