A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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Summer Solstice

Yesterday I instantly remembered that it was Midsummer Eve, my very favorite day, and lay awake looking forward to it and planning my rites on the mound. …
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It's Monday - June 19

I am absolutely relishing these long days, and dreading when we swing back around the Sun and it gets darker earlier. Even as far south as I live, there is still a hint of light at 9 p.m. and I love it.  Here is what I am reading this week.  American Eclipse by David Baron…
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ACCENT: A FEVER OF THE BLOOD

The unlikely team of Adolphus "Nine Nails" McGray and Ian Frey are on the case again. It's not perfect, but it's a strong second outing for the new novelist. 
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GIVEAWAY: THE LAKE by Lotte & Søren Hammer

Enter to win a copy of The Lake. In the new novel, the remains of a young Nigerian woman are found by a hunting dog, near a lake in Nordsjælland that the locals have nicknamed “Satan’s Bog.”
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Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction on my TBR

Ten Nonfiction Books That I've Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List noun | non·fic·tion | \ˌnän-ˈfik-shən\ | writing or cinema that is about facts and real events
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Armchair Book Expo: Dining with Authors

If you haven't read a PG Wodehouse book, I suggest you do so immediately. Start with The Inimitable Jeeves. I reread them all the time, often when I can't sleep. They are amusing and comforting all at once.
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Armchair Book Expo: What Do Readers Want?

What Do Readers Want? What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event?
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Armchair Book Expo: Best Practices

This is supposed to be fun. Feeling overwhelmed is not fun. Feeling accomplished is all the warm fuzzies. Here are some tips to being a good book blogger.
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Armchair Book Expo: Introductions

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo, an online conference for those of us who can't attend Book expo in person. I'm pleased to be participating for the seventh year.
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Books for June

I'm not really one for your typical "beach read" but I do think summertime give us time devote to reading in a way that we don't get to most of the year - vacations and camping, longer days, a slower pace of life in general. It's a good time to dive into a brick of a classic, tackle a series or try a nonfiction in a new topic.
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ACCENT: TRUE CRIME ADDICT

In 2004, Maura Murray went missing. Her car hit a snowbank in rural New Hampshire. When police arrived seven minutes later, her car was abandoned, with no footprints leading away from it. Maura Murray has never been heard from since -- at least not publicly.
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If & Then: Magic and Witches

If you like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, then mark your calendar for the release of The Witches of New York.
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ACCENT: THE FACT OF A BODY

The narrative moves quickly and Marzano-Lesnevich's writing is fantastic. She writes with vivid detail, yet doesn't oversaturate it. Readers should be aware that this book deals with difficult topics. What is so admirable is the way the author manages to present and look at them, unflinchingly, without being graphic. The book approaches with an even-handedness that exposes the truth without allowing the book to become mired in it.
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ACCENT: IF WE WERE VILLAINS

In M.L. Rio's debut novel, the characters are a close klatch of seniors about the graduate from an intense arts conservatory and the intense bond they have formed over the years stretches taut in the final months of school.
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REVIEW: MURDER IN MATERA

More than a murder mystery, this is a memoir. Stapinski is doing this for herself and her family first. Luckily for the reader, it's an engaging adventure. Each time she uncovers a clue to the past, the reader is pulled further into the labyrinth.
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