A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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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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Books for May

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." - Edwin Way Teale
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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Avoid a Book

No, I am not going to join you on a journey to Zebrith-3 solar system with a band of space Amish and their pet boa constrictors. Stop it.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday: The topics, themes, and settings that make me immediately interested in a book.
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REVIEW: ICE GHOSTS by Paul Watson

28 of May 1847 H.M.S.hips Erebus and Terror Wintered in the Ice in Lat. 70°5'N Long. 98°.23'W Having wintered in 1846-7 at Beechey Island in Lat 74°43'28"N Long 91°39'15"W After having ascended Wellington Channel to Lat 77° and returned by the West side of Cornwallis Island. Sir John Franklin commanding the Expedition. All well.
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Books for April

It was an April morning: fresh and clear / The Rivulet, delighting in its strength, / Ran with a young man's speed; and yet the voice / Of waters which the winter had supplied / Was softened down into a vernal tone. ~ William Wordsworth
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