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Creatures of Habit

“So how do you know if you are self-centered? Ask yourself if these things are true in your life: Do you often become defensive? Do you blame everyone else for your problems? Do you have a hard time cooperating with others at work? Are your conversations usually about yourself?” ~ Steve Poe, Creatures of Habit....
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All That We Carried

“Always being on guard against what might happen to you seems like kind of an exhausting way to live. When you block out the possibility of bad surprises, don’t you lose the possibility of good surprises too?” ~ Erin Bartels, All That We Carried Ten years ago, sisters Olivia and Melanie Greene were on a...
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J. P. Morgan’s Personal Librarian

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for...
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Your Mind is a Palace

The best memoir I have ever read is Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997. When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than...
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The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich “Patrice had come to think that humans treated the concept of God, or Gizhe Manidoo, or the Holy Ghost, in a childish way. She was pretty sure that the rules and trappings of ritual had nothing to do with God, that they were ways for people to imagine they...
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October Reads: a Little Bit of Everything

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich “Patrice had come to think that humans treated the concept of God, or Gizhe Manidoo, or the Holy Ghost, in a childish way. She was pretty sure that the rules and trappings of ritual had nothing to do with God, that they were ways for people to imagine they were...
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Disappointing Themes in Great Circle

A couple days ago I started reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. At 600+ pages it is a literary behemoth, but based on the synopsis, I was eager to dive in. One of the early chapters is about a transgender Native American in the 1800s. Warning bells went off in my head. When one of...
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Cloud Cuckoo Land – A Triumph!

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into...
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18 Books Later, Mitch Rapp is Still a Badass

I love escaping into a good spy thriller, and #18 in the Mitch Rapp series transported me to the Middle East, Mexico, and Washington DC to watch the world’s most deadly good guy lick terrorists, drug cartels, and corrupt politicians. Lethal Agent (a brilliant double entendre) has pulse-pounding action, and a delightfully intertwined plot and...
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Amy’s September Reads and Reviews

 There's not much I enjoy more than curling up with a book on a crisp autumn evening. I have a feeling some of you agree. When I write these posts, I intentionally include reviews of books I loved and others I didn’t. Why? Because we all like different things. Being a writer and editor makes...
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Great Books to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month

Okay, I’m a little late to the party. Hopefully, you already know it is Hispanic Heritage Month. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The...
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August Books

Last month's catch was a light one, and you know what? That's cool! I spent loads of time with my grandkids and worked on two client books. Then I got Covid. Other than cooking, there's little I enjoy more than reading, but Covid put the kibosh on that. For nearly three weeks, all I did...
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And the Winner Is…. Mary James!

  I have the coolest job. For the last 15+ years I've been working at home (long before it was a thing) writing books with and for the noteworthy and notorious... from former terrorists, to music stars, to CIA operatives, to convicted felons. Through my writing career, I have had the privilege of sharing the...
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Sparks Like Stars – a novel set in Kabul

The current situation in Afghanistan is madness. The horrors being experienced by citizens and foreigners are unimaginable as thousands run for their lives. Sadly, the land that is now Afghanistan has a long history of domination by foreign conquerors and strife among internally warring factions, from Genghis Khan to ISIS. In March, I read an...
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Healing for the Broken Heart

It's hard to believe that the God who created the universe and everything in it cares about every hair on our head, and every sorrow in our heart. But He loves us more than we can imagine and through Him all things are possible. "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty...
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Yours Cheerfully Book Review

When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit desperately needed female workers to the war effort, columnist Emmeline Lake is thrilled to be asked to step up and help. But when she and her best friend Bunty meet a young woman who shows them the challenges women war workers face,...
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The Chanel Sisters Book Review

Abandoned by their family years before, Gabrielle and Antoinette Chanel grow up under the guidance of pious nuns preparing them for simple lives as the wives of tradesmen or shopkeepers. At night, their secret stash of romantic novels and magazine cutouts beneath the floorboards are all they have to keep their dreams of the future...
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Greater than Gold

When I read that American Kyle Snyder won the silver medal in Freestyle Wrestling (215-pound category) at the Tokyo Olympics, it reminded me of interviewing gold medalist Brandon Slay for my book, How Do You Know He's Real: God Unplugged. Wow, has time flown. I thought you might find his story inspiring. I surely did....
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Searching for Nazi Gold

Have you heard of the Nazi gold train (Wałbrzych)? I apparently live under a rock, because I hadn’t until I received a publisher galley of Janet Evanovich’s latest book, The Bounty. Unfortunately, this is just an urban legend about a train laden with gold and treasure that was hidden by the Nazis in southwest Poland...
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