Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Reflecting today on the many things that I am grateful for, including authors, books and readers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Mystery and Mayhem in Minnesota: Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger.

The very enjoyable crime fiction novel Boundary Waters is part of a series of books set in northern Minnesota by author William Kent Krueger and featuring his protagonist Cork O'Connor.  In this outing O'Connor, a former county sheriff, is recruited to help find a woman missing in the boundary waters between Minnesota and Canada.

The missing woman, a popular country music singer, was a little girl when she witnessed the murder of her mother.  Her disappearance in the wilderness raises concerns not just among her family, but among those who may be concerned that she recalls new details about that murder.  As a result, the effort to find her turns dangerous and deadly.

Although Boundary Waters is part of a series, you can jump into this book and enjoy the read immediately. But because I liked this book so much, I plan to start at the beginning of the Cork O'Connor series and read them all!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Breezy Weekend Read: "Cinnamon and Gunpowder" by Eli Brown.

If you are looking for a book to read this weekend, then checkout Cinnamon and Gunpowder, an entertaining, off-beat novel with plenty of action to keep you engaged.

Set in swashbuckling 1819, a pirate - the beautiful Captain Hannah Mabbot - kidnaps a chef and holds him prisoner while she sails the seas, plundering ships owned by the British Pendleton Company, and searching for the notorious King of Thieves.  Captain Hannah allows her captive, Owen Wedgewood, to live as long as he prepares for her one amazing meal each week.  Can he do it? Will he escape?

This is a fun book with contemporary themes woven into the story.  Check out Cinnamon and Gunpowder this weekend - or perhaps squirrel it away for reading over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coming in December: Brown Dog by Jim Harrison.

A new book arriving this December pulls together five previously published novellas by author Jim Harrison and featuring his reoccurring character, Brown Dog.  The book, aptly called Brown Dog, also contains one new story.  This is a great opportunity for an introduction, or reintroduction, to signature works by an important American author.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Trailer: Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter.

Do you ever wonder what happens to items you toss into the recycling bin?  Then you may want to read Adam Minter's new book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade.  Checkout the video below for a preview of the book.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Recommended Reading: "Enon" by Paul Harding.

Paul Harding's novel Enon is about the spiral of grief that ensnares a father after the accidental death of his 13-year old daughter.  Over the course of a year this father, Charlie Crosby, drops out of day-to-day living and into addiction to pain killers and reflection on his lost daughter and life in his small New England town.

Enon does what a good novel can do: tell an interesting story that illuminates a shared human experience. In this case it is the experience of loss, grief, and recovery. And this is a good story. Check out Enon.