A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois – Book Review

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois Published by The Dial Press, an imprint of Random House

The highlight of Irina’s young life was the day she finally beat her father at chess. What she didn’t realize at the time, was that this loss signaled the beginning of his Huntington’s disease-related decline. Even less did she understand that this was something that would some day happen to her as well. Now, as a scholar and casual chess player, there is little that bothers Irina more than the idea that she will slowly begin to lose her mind – something that, according to her genetic counselor, has a 50% chance of happening not long after her

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TSS: Shadowy

I have to say, I’m almost a little surprised that I’m taking time to write a Sunday Salon post this morning, because I’m currently reading an egalley of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. Let me tell you, it is good, possibly better than A Discovery of Witches. If you loved Discovery of Witches, you’re in for a real treat, if you’ve been waiting to see if the rest of the trilogy is, I can say that based on the second book you should probably start it.

Really, though, I need to let myself hunker down and read it, because I have an awful lot of writing to do today. In addition to a couple of freelance pieces,

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The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser – Saturday Story Spotlight

Welcome to Saturday Story Spotlight, my feature where I discuss books my husband and I are reading with our son, Daniel. These are books that he, we, or all of us particularly enjoy.

The Smiley Book of Colors by Ruth Kaiser Published by Golden Books, an imprint of Random House

Smiles are contagious, whether from a family member, or made out of macaroni and cheese. Ruth Kaiser makes a point of seeing – and photographing – smiley faces everywhere and they are highlighted in The Smiley Book of Colors. Sorted by color and accompanied by brief rhyming text on each page, there are some 30 smileys faces found in every day items in The Smiley Book of

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Save Me by Lisa Scottoline – Audiobook Review

Save Me by Lisa Scottoline, narrated by Cynthia Nixon Published in audio by Macmillan Audio, published in print by St. Martin’s Griffin, both imprints of Macmillan

Synopsis:

In an attempt to protect her bullied daughter, Rose McKenna volunteers as a school lunch mom. After witnessing an emotional attack on Melly, her shy 3rd grader, Rose is attempting to reason with Melly’s tormentors when an explosion rocks the lunch room. Suddenly  Rose must decide whether to save the three girls in front of her, or whether to go off in search of Melly, who she is reasonably sure is hiding in the handicapped bathroom adjacent to the kitchen, where the explosion seems to have come from. Rose’s decision

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A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd – Book Review

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd Published by Harper Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins

This is the first book in the Bess Crawford series.

As a nurse aboard a WWI hospital ship, Bess Crawford feels a duty towards her patients. Some more than others, of course. Arthur Graham was one such patient. Well loved not only by Bess, but by the entire hospital staff, Arthur was a man Bess could have pictured herself marrying – had only he survived. But even now that he is dead, Bess still feels that she must respect his final wishes and deliver a cryptic message to Arthur’s brother Jonathan, “Tell my brother Jonathan I lied. I did it for

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