• Book Review

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

    Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across…

  • Book Review

    Dear Mrs. Bird

    London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or…

  • Book Review

    American Panda

    An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs,…

  • Book Review

    Labyrinth Lost

    I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family. Jenny O’s Review: 4 out of 5 Stars Labyrinth Lost was a fun, vibrant novel. The fact that it’s full of brujas, brujos, a rich mythology based in Latino-inspired culture, and vivid imagery, only makes it better. My favorite part of…

  • The AV Club

    Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum bitches

    Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a story about the United States after a coup has abolished democracy and established a theocratic and patriarchal dictatorship. The book has been translated into more than 40 languages. Now it’s a Hulu miniseries starring Elizabeth Moss. We are four episodes into Hulu’s miniseries The Handmaid’s Tale and it is terrifying, thought provoking, mesmerizing, and deeply disturbing. The Handmaid’s Tale was originally published in 1985, and at its core it is a parable about a dystopian post-revolution America in which women have been reduced to property, natural resources in North America have been all but destroyed, and neighbors spy on each other, looking for signs…

  • Book Review

    Binti

    Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and…

  • Book Review

    The Literary Classics

    Ring in the New Year with a classic. Recorded Books is primed to kick off its third year of The Literary Classics Online Book Club. The club is for all those who enjoy talking about classic literature. Each year, the club will select six classic books to read and discuss. Throughout each book’s first month, participants can read the book and the club will also post fun and interesting facts about that literary classic on the club’s social-media outlets. The second month the club will post discussion questions for participants to read and comment on. Look for these beloved titles in 2017: January/February: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde March/April:…

  • Book Review

    Holiday Treats

    It is officially December, which means the holidays are just around the corner! To get in the festive spirit, I have designed a couple of Computer Wallpapers and a bookmark for the month of December- these are free downloads for you to use and enjoy! Also, if you are stuck trying to figure out a good gift idea for a loved one, then check out my Bookish Gift Guides: gift ideas that range from clothing items to accessories and literary accoutrements that will delight the reader on your shopping list! Dogwood Books Computer Wallpaper 1: Dogwood Books Computer Wallpaper 2: Dogwood Books December Bookmark: Download your copy here..

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    Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

    Author: Kerry Greenwood Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops…