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July 13, 2007 Newsletter

July 13, 2007

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Authors and Bookstores and Books, Oh My Talks to Eileen Goudge, Author of WOMAN IN RED

New Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Joseph Finder, Author of POWER PLAY

New Featured One to Watch Author: Nancy Horan, Author of LOVING FRANK

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE

THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl is Now Available in Paperback

MARY MODERN by Camille DeAngelis is Now in Stores

Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: William Kent Krueger, Author of THUNDER BAY

Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Linda Greenlaw, Author of SLIPKNOT

Featured One to Watch Author: Jonathan Tropper, Author of HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER

Featured One to Watch Author: Margaret Forster, Author of KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY New Contests and Guides for July

This Week's Reviews and Features

Poll and Question of the Week: Authors Who Grab Your Attention

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- TWO Prizes!

Quick Links to Features On The Book Report Network
Past Reviews
Can't See the Graphics? Read This Newsletter Online
Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Promotion
Debut Suspense/Thriller One to Watch Promotion
Mystery Mayhem Promotion

Historical Fiction Promotion

One to Watch Promotion
Books Into Movies
Bestseller Lists
Coming Soon
New in Paperback

Summer Beach Bag of Books Promotion

Authors and Bookstores and Books, Oh My

My trip to North Carolina and Atlanta had a properly bookish feel. Last Friday we got to visit Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville where we quickly learned why people love to visit this store --- great staff, terrific book recommendations and a wide selection that ensured that we each found a book to buy. Wednesday we went to Coffee Buy the Book in Roswell where I caught up with Dana, one of the owners who told me that she has been conducting radio interviews with authors for a local Altanta radio station.

I was in Atlanta for the Christian Booksellers Association's Annual Conference. The best news from there was that one of my favorite authors, Charles Martin, won the Gold Medallion Award for Christian Fiction. Given that I have been a fan of Charles's work since I read his first novel in manuscript, I was thrilled to hear this news. Our last day in Atlanta the boys and I toured the Margaret Mitchell House in the city where we got to see the apartment where she wrote GONE WITH THE WIND. While we also saw the Biltmore Estate in Asheville this trip, we all loved the sense of literary history that was a part of the Mitchell house and the memorabilia that surrounded it. If you ever find yourself in Atlanta, this is a tour well worth taking.

In one room there were letters from Mitchell where she referenced how she did not like the attention that writing this book placed on her. She clearly was overwhelmed by it and did not like the idea of putting herself in the public eye with the book signings she was being asked to do and the teas that booksellers wanted to host for her. I laughed reading this as I know a number of authors who feel the same way about touring and publicizing their books today!

After a horrific night of airline travel on Wednesday night where we left FOUR hours behind schedule (best line of the night was that Newark Airport was "closed" to air traffic since they were backlogged from the morning), my older son and I were off to Thriller Fest in the city on Thursday. There were GREAT lectures all day with Lee Child on recurring characters, James Rollins on great openers, Lisa Gardner on character development, David Hewson on research, and Rhonda Pollero on plotting. Later in the day Tess Gerritsen interviewed Lisa Gardner in a terrific exchange of ideas and dialogue. I look forward to seeing the lineup for the rest of the weekend. The night was capped with a cocktail party where I got to see author pals and meet some of the authors who we have featured on our pages.

Many of you have come to know Joseph Finder on Since we first featured him when PARANOIA came out in 2004, we have brought you in-depth features about each of his books. His genre? Corporate thrillers that get readers inside corporations and watch the action unfold. His latest, POWER PLAY, has a tightly wrought plot where employees from an airline company are taken hostage on a corporate retreat and the only person who can save them is the one low-level employee who was not originally included on the trip. Lots of action and you'll never look at a corporate outing the same way again. POWER PLAY is the newest title that we are featuring along with Finder in our latest Suspense/Thriller Feature. We have 20 copies of POWER PLAY to give away to those who would like to be advance readers. Fill out this form by Friday, July 27th to be part of the drawing. 

Our latest One to Watch author is Nancy Horan, whose book LOVING FRANK is one I love love loved. The Frank that she references is Frank Lloyd Wright, and this is a fictionalized account of his relationship with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. It was a true love affair as both of them left their spouses and marriages to be together. It is wonderfully written and will give you a real sense of Wright's world. We have 10 copies to give away to those who would like to be advance readers. Fill out this form by Friday, July 20th to be part of the drawing.

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest book this week is THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE by Linda Francis Lee. Find out what happens when life for one Junior Leaguer does not exacty go the way she planned! See details below on how to enter.

Also this week we have reader comments for THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, Anita Amirrezvani's debut novel.

While I am enjoying Thriller Fest I do look forward to Sunday, when, for the first time in two weeks, I have nothing live scheduled. What do I mean by that? Well, NPR taped an interview where I talk about Harry Potter, and it is scheduled to air on Sunday morning. I referenced our Harry Potter Survey. It's been fun looking at the results. If you have not voted yet, may we ask you to weigh in by Monday, July 16th? Have a great weekend...and week.

Carol Fitzgerald ( Talks to Eileen Goudge, Author of WOMAN IN RED

Eileen Goudge is the author of the bestselling novels GARDEN OF LIES and SUCH DEVOTED SISTERS, as well as over 30 books for young adults. In this interview with's Eileen Zimmerman Nicol, Goudge describes the inspiration behind her latest work of adult fiction, WOMAN IN RED, and explains how she was able to realistically portray both alcoholism and prison life. She also discusses the differences between writing for adults and writing for teens, and shares details about an upcoming novel set to be published next summer.


WOMAN IN RED by Eileen Goudge (Fiction)
From New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge comes WOMAN IN RED, a powerful story of love and redemption and what one woman will do to overcome the buried secrets of her past. Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol.

-Click here to read a review of WOMAN IN RED.
-Click here to read an excerpt from WOMAN IN RED.

Click here to read our interview with Eileen Goudge.

New Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Joseph Finder, Author of POWER PLAY

In the 15 years since the publication of his first novel, THE MOSCOW CLUB, Joseph Finder has established himself as one of the world’s best and most successful thriller writers. His 2006 novel, KILLER INSTINCT, made bestseller lists around the country, as did his two previous books, COMPANY MAN and PARANOIA. His latest effort is POWER PLAY, a non-stop, pulse-pounding, high-stakes thriller that will be in stores on August 21st.

We have 20 advance reading copies of POWER PLAY to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, July 27th.

-Click here to read Joseph Finder's bio.
-Click here to see Joseph Finder's backlist.
-Visit the author's website,

More about POWER PLAY:
It was the perfect retreat for a troubled company. No cell phones. No BlackBerrys. No cars. Just a luxurious, remote lodge surrounded by thousands of miles of wilderness.

All the top officers of the Hammond Aerospace Corporation are there. And one last-minute substitute --- a junior executive named Jake Landry. He’s a steady, modest and taciturn guy with a gift for keeping his head down and a turbulent past he’s trying to put behind him.

Jake’s uncomfortable with all the power players he's surrounded by, with all their swaggering and posturing. The only person there he knows is the female CEO’s assistant --- his ex-girlfriend, Ali.

When a band of backwoods hunters crash the opening-night dinner, the executives suddenly find themselves held hostage by armed men who will do anything, to anyone, to get their hands on the largest ransom in history. Now, terrified and desperate and cut off from the rest of the world, the captives are at the mercy of hard men with guns who may not be what they seem.

The corporate big shots hadn’t wanted Jake there. But now he’s the only one who can save them.


Click here to read more about Joseph Finder and POWER PLAY.


New Featured One to Watch Author: Nancy Horan, Author of LOVING FRANK

Our newest featured One to Watch author is Nancy Horan. Her debut novel, LOVING FRANK, is a fictionalized account of Frank Lloyd Wright's relationship with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, who had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for her. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank; the two became lovers, even though they were each married with children.

We have 10 advance reading copies of LOVING FRANK to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, July 20th.

-Click here to read Nancy Horan's bio.
-Visit the author's website,

More about LOVING FRANK:
I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.

So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.

In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.

Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably to this novel’s stunning conclusion.

Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, LOVING FRANK is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon and their timeless love story.

Click here to read more about Nancy Horan and LOVING FRANK.


Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE

Every week from May 18th through August 24th a different title in the Beach Bag of Books promotion will be featured with a review and contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with that book, plus summertime essentials that tie in to its theme.

Our ninth spotlighted title is THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE by Linda Francis Lee. It's a humorous look at what happens when a Junior Leaguer's perfect life falls apart. In a strawberry-decorated turquoise and red beach tote, winners will find a matching (of course!) strawberry-decorated turquoise and beach towel, a blue pitcher and glasses for serving up iced tea, mint tea bags, a set of four H2O+ raspberry guava bath exotic products, perfect pink nail polish and a manicure set, a flowered lei and strawberry cookies, as well as a copy of THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE by Linda Francis Lee. We have five to give away, as well as five additional prizes of copies of THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE.

To enter to win, answer the question below:

In the Junior League's favorite topic, Categories of Men, what are rich good-looking men referred to as?

You can find the answer by reading an excerpt here.

Send your answer to the question above using this submission form by Thursday, July 12th at 11:59PM.

THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE by Linda Francis Lee (Fiction)
Texas socialite Frede Ware must do the impossible in order to wreak her just revenge on her lying, cheating, stealing husband --- or she will lose her money, status and power. But it all hinges on her ability to get her lawyer's beyond-tacky wife invited into the exclusive Junior League. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-For more about Linda Francis Lee, go to

Click here to read all the details of our Summer Beach Bag Contest.

THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl is Now Available in Paperback

THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl (Historical Fiction)

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Everyone accepts the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe's.

Matthew Pearl has once again crossed literary history with innovative mystery to create a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense. The resulting novel is a publishing event that, through sublime craftsmanship, subtle wit and devious twists, does honor to Poe himself.

Click here to read more about Matthew Pearl and THE POE SHADOW.


MARY MODERN by Camille DeAngelis is Now in Stores

MARY MODERN by Camille DeAngelis (Fiction)

Lucy Morrigan, a young genetic researcher, lives with her boyfriend, Gray, and an odd collection of tenants in her crumbling family mansion. Surrounded by four generations of clothes, photographs, furniture and other remnants of past lives, Lucy and Gray’s home life is strangely out of touch with the modern world --- except for Lucy’s high-tech lab in the basement.

Frustrated by her unsuccessful attempts to attain motherhood or tenure, Lucy takes drastic measures to achieve both. Using a bloodstained scrap of an apron found in the attic, Lucy successfully clones her grandmother Mary. But rather than conjuring a new baby, Lucy brings to life a twenty-two-year-old Mary, who is confused and disoriented when she finds herself trapped in the strangest sort of déjà vu: alive in a home that is no longer her own, surrounded by reminders of a life she has already lived but doesn’t remember.

A remarkable debut novel, MARY MODERN turns an unflinching eye on the joyous, heartbreaking and utterly unexpected consequences of human desire.

-Click here to read a review of MARY MODERN.

Read more about MARY MODERN here.


Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: William Kent Krueger, Author of THUNDER BAY

One of our featured Mystery Mayhem authors is William Kent Krueger, whose book THUNDER BAY --- which releases on July 24th --- is the seventh action-packed suspense novel in his award-winning mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, and a man of mixed heritage --- part Irish and part Ojibwe. This is the story of Cork's attempt to piece together the aftermath of a hopeless love affair between a young Ojibwe guide and a white woman, an affair that ended in treachery, betrayal and murder.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THUNDER BAY.
-Click here to read William Kent Krueger's bio.
-Click here to see William Kent Krueger's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THUNDER BAY.

More about THUNDER BAY:
Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border. But why would Wellington want his father dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventure in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where his love for a beautiful woman, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, greed and murder.

The past and present collide along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay, where a father's unconditional love is tested by a son's deeply felt resentment, and where jealousy and revenge remain the code among men. As Cork hastens to uncover the truth and save his friend, he soon discovers that his own life is in danger and is reminded that the promises we keep --- even for the best of friends --- can sometimes place us in the hands of our worst enemies.

Click here to read more about William Kent Krueger and THUNDER BAY.


Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Linda Greenlaw, Author of SLIPKNOT

Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers THE HUNGRY OCEAN, THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS and RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND. SLIPKNOT, her debut novel, marks the beginning of an exciting new mystery series featuring Jane Bunker, who leaves behind her job chasing drug smugglers and illegal alien traffickers on the Florida coast to become a marine insurance inspector in the small seaside town of her childhood in Maine. She soon discovers that drug running and smuggling are no strangers to this quiet little fishing village.

-Click here to read a review of SLIPKNOT.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SLIPKNOT.
-Click here to see the readers who were selected to read the book.
here to read Linda Greenlaw's bio.
-Click here to see Linda Greenlaw's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for SLIPKNOT.
-Visit the author's website,

More about SLIPKNOT:
In her bestselling nonfiction book ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS, Linda Greenlaw confessed a desire to write fiction --- and readers responded with an enthusiastic “Please do!” At last, she satisfies their hunger with this sharp-witted, compulsively readable mystery, the first in a series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker.

When Jane moves back to the sleepy Maine fishing community where she was born, it’s to escape the seamy crime scenes and unsavory characters that crossed her path in Miami. Surely whatever crimes are committed in touristy, idyllic Green Haven won’t involve anything as nasty as what she saw in Florida. It’s a bit of a shock, then, when Nick Dow, the town drunk, turns up dead, and it’s not the simple accident that everyone assumes it to be. Jane soon discovers that Dow wasn’t even a drunk --- it was all an act. But why? And what does it have to do with a heated town hall meeting about fishing rights and paternity suits? The more Jane digs, the more confused she gets. Only two things are certain: Nothing is what it seems; and the whole town is in each other’s business. But it’s not until Jane impulsively hops on a boat with the killer --- a boat that suddenly heads out to sea --- that things become downright dangerous...

As she proved in THE HUNGRY OCEAN, no one knows the sea like Linda Greenlaw. And as she proved in THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, no one has a better way with the telling details of Maine village life. This new mystery series features everything readers want: a great setting, wonderful characters, an authentic and original detective --- and a story that will keep them on the edge of their seats.

Click here to read more about Linda Greenlaw and SLIPKNOT.


Featured One to Watch Author: Jonathan Tropper, Author of HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER

Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim --- and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta --- for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of families in crisis and men behaving badly. Now the acclaimed author of THE BOOK OF JOE and EVERYTHING CHANGES tackles love, lust and loss in the suburbs in HOW TO TALK TO WIDOWER, a stunning novel that is by turns heartfelt and riotously funny. It releases on July 17th.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read a third excerpt from HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER.
-Click here to read Jonathan Tropper's bio.
-Click here to see Jonathan Tropper's backlist.


Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity --- the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who gets into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Claire, who's just left her husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.

Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.

Click here to read more about Jonathan Tropper and HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER.


Featured One to Watch Author: Margaret Forster, Author of KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY

Margaret Forster is our third featured One to Watch author. She is being published in the States again this year after a 15-year absence. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs HIDDEN LIVES and PRECIOUS LIVES, acclaimed biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and many successful novels, including DIARY OF AN ORDINARY WOMAN. Her newest book, KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY, is the story of an actual early 20th century painting and its fictional adventures through the century and of the women whose lives it touches.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read an excerpt from KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY.
-Click here to read Margaret Forster's bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY. 

From internationally bestselling author Margaret Forster comes an engrossing novel that follows the imagined life of an evocative, actual early-twentieth-century painting as it changes hands and, though the years, affects the lives of a succession of women.  

Gwen, a bold and spirited young English artist, defies convention and sets out to study in Paris, where she has a tumultuous affair with the inspiring, controlling sculptor Rodin. But as the relationship cools, Gwen feels lonely and adrift as she awaits the ever more infrequent visits from her lover. Attempting to restore her artistic vision and recapture her true self, Gwen pours out her soul onto a canvas, creating a small, intimate painting of a quiet corner of her attic room. 

Lost, found, stolen, sold and fought over, the painting enchants all who possess it. First it falls into the hands of Charlotte, a dreamy intellectual with artistic leanings --- though little talent. In turn the work finds its way to the lovely, bright Stella; the destitute but willful Lucasta; self-sufficient Ailsa; and finally young, curious Gillian --- all of whom share an unspoken desire to “keep the world away” and long for a tranquil golden place such as the one depicted in the painting.

Click here to read more about Margaret Forster and KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY. New Contests and Guides for July

Three New Contests: Enter by Friday, July 27th for Your Group to be Eligible to Win!

Fifty readers will have the opportunity to each win one copy of THE OFFICE OF DESIRE by Martha Moody, which will be in stores on August 2nd, for their group. Enter here.

Fifty readers will have the opportunity to each win TWO copies of LOTTERY by Patricia Wood, which will be in stores on August 2nd, for their group. Enter 

Twenty readers will have the opportunity to each win one copy of the New York Times bestselller THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, which will be in stores in paperback on September 11th for their group. Enter here.

The following guides are now available on

BAREFOOT by Elin Hilderbrand
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
 by Peter Temple
 by Linda Francis Lee
FOREVER MY LADY by Jeff Rivera
HARPSONG by Rilla Askew
HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER by Jonathan Tropper
IT HIT ME LIKE A TON OF BRICKS by Catherine Lloyd Burns
LOST AND FOUND by Carolyn Parkhurst
LOTTERY by Patricia Wood
 by Daniel Wallace
THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl
by Alex Haley
 by Meg Mullins
 by Katherine Taylor
 by Daniel Woodrell

Please note that this title, for which we already had the guide when it appeared in hardcover, is now available in paperback:

THE GUY NOT TAKEN: Stories by Jennifer Weiner

We have the following new guide for Christian book groups:

CATCH A RISING STAR by Tracey Bateman

Click here to go to


This Week's Reviews and Features

A WOMAN IN CHARGE: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein (Biography)
As Hillary Rodham Clinton begins her pursuit of the U.S. Presidency, friends, enemies and (perhaps) dispassionate observers are studying her in microscopic detail. Journalist and author Carl Bernstein leads the way in this exhaustively detailed biography, beginning with her troubled relationship with a distant and autocratic father and ending with her explosive yet still loving relationship with her philandering husband. Reviewed by Robert Finn.

-Click here to read an excerpt from A WOMAN IN CHARGE.

HER WAY: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. (Current Affairs)
Whether or not Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes President, she will certainly leave a lasting impression on our times. The political pundits are already busy trying to figure out whether it will be a positive or a negative impression. In this book, two top journalists who have been Hillary-watchers for years weigh in with a consciously against-the-grain verdict, tilted fairly strongly toward the negative side. Reviewed by Robert Finn.

-Click here to read an excerpt from HER WAY.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE? by Lee Iacocca (Current Affairs)
Lee Iacocca has thrown down the gauntlet to all Americans to vote for a leader, a visionary and a person who can help the U.S. become great again. Using his nine C's of leadership, he challenges us to move forward with a candidate who has the ability to change the perception of America in the world. Reviewed by Marge Fletcher.

CRASHING THROUGH: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson (Biography)
In his critically acclaimed bestseller SHADOW DIVERS, Robert Kurson explored the depths of history, friendship and compulsion. Now he returns with another thrilling adventure --- the stunning true story of one man's heroic odyssey from blindness into sight. Reviewed by Shannon Luders-Manuel.

WHITE CORRIDOR: A Bryant & May Mystery by Christopher Fowler (Mystery)
From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. Now Christopher Fowler brings back crime detection's oddest --- and oldest --- couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

SUMMER READING by Hilma Wolitzer (Fiction)
Following her acclaimed novel THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER, award-winning author Hilma Wolitzer has now written a stirring tale about friendship, romance, inspiration, longing and, especially, the love of good books. SUMMER READING offers a seductive glimpse into the intersecting lives of three very different women. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

CONSEQUENCES by Penelope Lively (Fiction)
You can almost smell the wood smoke and taste the tea and biscuits in Penelope Lively's CONSEQUENCES, so eloquent and emotionally direct are all its elements. The characters, the prose and the tragic but uplifting story of three generations of women --- from World War II to the present in a Britain that continues to redefine itself --- is a wonderful literary achievement. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

DEAD CONNECTION by Alafair Burke (Thriller)
In DEAD CONNECTION, Alafair Burke introduces a new character in the person of NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher. A rookie in a fairly mundane department, she is brought in to help solve one of the most bewildering serial murders New York City has seen in a long time. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

MY DREAMS OUT IN THE STREET by Kim Addonizio (Fiction)
In the San Francisco of the early 1990s, a young woman finds herself strung out and homeless yet hopeful of a reunion with her estranged husband. This dark romance follows Rita and Jimmy as they try to find each other in the city and deal with past hurts and mistakes. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

SONGS OF INNOCENCE by Richard Aleas (Mystery)
Three years ago, detective John Blake solved a mystery that changed his life forever --- and left a woman he loved dead. Now Blake is back, to investigate the apparent suicide of Dorothy Louise Burke, a beautiful college student with a double life. The secrets Blake uncovers could blow the lid off New York City's sex trade...if they don't kill him first. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Read this week's reviews and features here.


Poll and Question of the Week: Authors Who Grab Your Attention


Do you have any authors who make you stop whatever you are doing to read their new book?

Yes, lots of them
Yes, a few of them
I have never done this, but what a great idea.
No, this never happens to me.
Hmmmm, I need to think about this.

-Click here to answer our poll.


Name up to five authors for whom you will drop everything to read their new book.

-Click here to answer our Question of the Week.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- TWO Prizes!

Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't.

This week we have two great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of THE EVER-RUNNING MAN: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller and KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on July 20th.

Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.

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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by July 31, 2007 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE SECRET SERVANT by Daniel Silva, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN: A Sharon McCone Mystery, by Marcia Muller, KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson, THE QUICKIE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and THE WATER'S LOVELY by Ruth Rendell. 
Cindy from Danbury, CT was last month's newsletter winner. She won LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN by Janet Evanovich, NORTH RIVER by Pete Hamill, ON CHESIL BEACH by Ian McEwan, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE BETRAYAL by Eric Van Lustbader and THE SLEEPING DOLL by Jeffery Deaver.

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