Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory · Uncategorized

Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott

I resolved this year to read books outside of my usual go-to list, so this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation is Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott. Shoot-em-up Westerns were standard TV and movie fare in the 50’s and 60’s, and there is something to be said about the moral hero enforcing justice in… Continue reading Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, by Robert Knott

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How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

The Five Star Favorite is sponsored this week by National Poetry Month. I freely admit that I cannot analyze or intelligently discuss the form, meter, or meaning of a poem; however, that does not mean I can’t enjoy the rarified stillness and awe that verse can instill. Nonetheless, I picked up How to Read a… Continue reading How to Read a Poem, by Edward Hirsch

Fiction · New Title Tuesday · Reader's Advisory

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin is this week’s New Title Tuesday recommendation because it is timely, occasionally darkly humorous, and provides insight to the consequences of acting on principle and the limits of a free press. Summary:  New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter  at a small news agency that produces a… Continue reading The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

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The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins

Do words such as iambic pentameter, metrical foot, or sestina trigger high-school anxiety followed by a self-defense fueled urge to flee? Do you groan and do your eyes automatically glaze over at the mere mention names such as Keats, Donne or Chaucer? If so, check out the New Title Tuesday recommendation The Rain in Portugal by… Continue reading The Rain in Portugal, by Billy Collins

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

The New Title Tuesday selection, The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker, comes highly recommended so I felt compelled to check it out – and I’m glad I picked up this tale of friendship and art. Summary:In their first year of college, two young women, one from a Florida swamp, the other from a Kentucky holler,… Continue reading The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

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Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

Today’s New Title Tuesday is a classic mystery Heartbreak Hotel by the prolific author, Jonathan Kellerman.  Normally, my introduction to a series would not be the 32nd, but Booklist was correct by saying it’s “Easy to dive into for mystery fans unfamiliar with the series, and a welcome treat for readers who have been with… Continue reading Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

In full disclosure, I listened to the audiobook of today’s New Title Tuesday recommendation: American Street by Ibi Zoboi.  I was immediately drawn to not only the immigrant experience narrated in the Creole dialect, but I enjoyed learning more about the main character’s religious and cultural influences through this highly compelling protagonist. Publisher Summary:  American Street is an evocative and… Continue reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi