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'War' by Sebastian Junger - Book Review

War by Sebastian Junger -- From the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and Fire comes War, a unique take on the battle in Afghanistan through the eyes of a journalist who lived among the young soldiers fighting in the Korengal Valley.

'The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake' by Aimee Bender - Book Review

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender has a unique premise -- the main character can taste the feelings of the person who prepared the food. Read this book review of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender to find out if Bender's novel will appeal to your taste.

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon - Book Review

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon is the author's second novel, following The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. In A Spot of Bother, George Hall is convinced that the eczema on his thigh is cancer and is unable to deal with his daughter's wedding, his wife's affair, and his son's homosexuality. Funny and perceptive, if not uplifting, Haddon's biggest accomplishment is writing something completely different from Curious Incident, and writing it well.

French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano - Book Review

French Women for All Seasons is the follow up to Mireille Guiliano's bestselling "non-diet" book, French Women Don't Get Fat. In French Women For All Seasons, Guiliano focuses less on obtaining and maintaining an ideal weight and more on how to live well. Guiliano's fans will enjoy her new insights and recipes; however, those who have not read the first book would be better served starting with French Women Don't Get Fat.

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano - Book Review

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'Lunch in Paris' by Elizabeth Bard - Book Review

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard is the story of how the author, an American student living in London, fell in love with her French husband and his country's cuisine. While she writes a good bit about her experiences with food, there are plenty of life's other aspects. Love, in-laws, the health care system, making friends, and politics are among the topics Ms. Bard covers in her memoir. If you enjoy food and have either been to Paris or fantasize what it's like, this is a book for you.

'The Language of Flowers' by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - Book Review

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a book that uses flowers to tell the story of someone who grew up in foster care.

'One Day' by David Nicholls - Book Review

One Day by David Nicholls takes on the nature of male-female friendship, love, and career in the post-college years. Set across England in the 1980s and 90s, One Day is a tale of two unlikely friends that is told one day at a time, on the same day each year.

'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett - Book Review

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett was one of the most talked about book releases of 2011. Find out whether it is worth reading.

'Iron House' by John Hart - Book Review

Iron House by John Hart is a thriller with many threads. Find out if it is worth reading.

'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris - Book Review

Dead Until Dark is the first book in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series. The HBO TV series True Blood is based on Dead Until Dark.

'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is the alleged story of Mortenson's work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan.

'Beatrice and Virgil' by Yann Martel - Book Review

Beatrice and Virgil, Martel’s third novel, sadly falls short of Life of Pi’s magic. It packs a punch at the end, but the storytelling this time is much more plodding and burdensome, distracting from the powerful metaphors at work.

'The Terror of Living' by Urban Waite - Book Review

The Terror of Living is a decent first attempt at a thriller for new novelist Urban Waite. The story is well spun, the characters locked, stocked and ready to run and Waite doesn’t let any unnecessary tangents or emotions distract from moving the characters to their western standoff ending.

'A Discovery of Witches' by Deborah Harkness - Book Review

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is the first in the All Souls Trilogy. It is a debut fantasy novel about witches, vampires, daemons and love.

'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother' by Amy Chua - Book Review

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua is a memoir about raising two daughters "the Chinese way."

'Lucy' by Laurence Gonzales - Book Review

Lucy by Laurence Gonzales is a fiction novel about a girl who is half human, half bonobo ape. It is a science fiction thriller that explores what it means to be human.

'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' by Helen Simonson - Book Review

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a delightful novel that takes place in modern day Britain, but has old world charm.

'Breaking Night' by Liz Murray - Book Review

Breaking Night by Liz Murray is a firsthand look into the world of inner-city poverty. Born to drug-addicted, mentally ill parents, Liz grew up largely neglected. More than a memoir, Breaking Night is an eye-opening account of the realities of poverty and drug use in our cities, what it does to children, and how difficult it is to break the cycle, to somehow overcome the lack of options that defines poverty.

'Sing You Home' by Jodi Picoult - Book Review

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult focuses on a lesbian couple who is fighting for the right to start a family. The book includes a unique multi-media feature -- a CD of music that readers are supposed to imagine was written by the main character, who is a music therapist and musician.

'You Lost Me There' by Rosecrans Baldwin - Book Review

You Lost Me There features a reputable neuroscientist, Dr. Victor Aaron, who finds letters from his recently deceased wife, Sara, only to discover her view of their life is not quite how he saw it. As he learns more through note cards his wife left behind for him to find, this lab rat races through the labyrinth of his own mind trying to find his way out of mourning.

'Our Kind of Traitor' by John le Carre - Book Review

Our Kind of Traitor is a spy novel by John le Carre. Find out how this post-Cold War tale lives up to his classic books.

'When You Reach Me' by Rebecca Stead - Book Review

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a young adult novel that is part mystery, part science fiction, part coming of age story. Read this book review of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead to see if it is the book for you.

'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins - Book Review

he Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins are both worth reading in a stop-whatever-else-you’re-doing-and-consume-these-in-48-hours-or-less type fashion. Read a complete review of the first two books in The Hunger Games trilogy.

'Rescue' by Anita Shreve - Book Review

Webster is raising his teenage daughter as a single parent; his wife and the daughter's mother left years ago when she couldn't conquer her alcoholism. Anita Shreve's new novel, Rescue, explores the story of how Webster and his wife met, when he was an EMT and she the victim of a drunk driver -- herself.

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