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Book Review: Wishin’ and Hopin’

Author: Wally Lamb Publisher: Harper, 2009 Genre: Fiction Format: Audiobook, Read by the author Source: Public Library My Rating: A This is my first experience with a Wally Lamb book. I’ve heard his books are long and very serious. But, since our book club is going to read one of his books in 2014, I […]

Book Review: Christmas in Absaroka County

Author: Craig Johnson Publisher: Penguin Books, December 2012 Genre: Holiday Books Format: Kindle My Rating: A My husband and I love the novels of Craig Johnson. They are set in a state we both love – Wyoming. The fact that we spent our honeymoon there as well as numerous family vacations may have a part […]

Book Review: The Bride Wore Size 12

Author: Meg Cabot Publisher: Avon, September, 2013 Genre: Cozy Mystery Series Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: A I’ve read a couple of Meg Cabot’s adult novels and I fondly remember her Young Adult series, Princess Diaries. But I haven’t read this cozy mystery series – until now. I’m really glad I […]

Book Review: Songs of Willow Frost

Author: Jamie Ford Publisher: Ballantine Books, September, 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: A My reading friends and I have been patiently waiting for Jamie Ford to bring us another one of his special stories. We all truly enjoyed Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I […]

Book Review: A Natural Woman

Author: Carole King Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, April 2012 Format: Audiobook, Read by the author Genre: Memoir My Rating: A Summary from the publisher: Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world’s most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN […]

An Award-Winning Book: Death of a Cozy Writer

I finished reading the debut novel of G.M. Malliet’s, Death of a Cozy Writer. It was very good, a very satisfying murder mystery. It was the 2008 winner of the Agatha Award for First Novels. That’s an award given for first novels written in Agatha Christie’s style. The author did a great job doing that […]

Book Review: A Grown Up Kind of Pretty

Author: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 2012 Format: Audioobook, Read by the author Genre: Southern Fiction My Rating: A I have just spent twelve and a half hours with Joshilyn Jackson and, I swear, I am now a full-fledged Mississippian. I loved every minute of my visit. She is not just the author of […]

Book Review: Gods In Alabama

Author: Joshilyn Jackson Publisher: Warner Books, 2005 Genre: Southern Fiction Format: Audiobook narrated by Catherine Taber My Rating: A So many of my fellow book bloggers have erxtoled the virtues of Joshilyn Jackson‘s novels. I’ve had her name of my to-read list for several years, but I haven’t followed through – until now. Kathy at […]

Book Review: The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Covici Friede, 1937 Genre: Classic Fiction My Rating: A Summary: Four different stories, centered around a young boy named Jody, make up this book. The stories are set on a ranch in Salinas Valley, California during the early twentieth-century. Jody is an only child and the ranch is isolated, so it’s […]

Book Review: The Book Club Cookbook

by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp Published by Penguin, March 2012 Last week I received two unsolicited cookbooks. They both gave me hours and hours of happy reading. Today I’d like to tell you about the first one and next week I’ll tell you about the second. The Book Club Cookbook is a revised […]