LitStack Review: Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro

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Rare Objects Kathleen Tessaro Harper Release Date:  April 12, 2016 ISBN 978-0-0623-5754-0 In 2013, Kathleen Tessaro’s novel, The Perfume Collector, became one of my favorite reads of all time despite it not falling within the parameters of my preferred genre. Now, three years later, her newest book has been released, and while it doesn’t hold [….]

LitStack Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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The Fate of the Tearling Erika Johansen Harper Release Date:  November 29, 2016 ISBN 978-0-0622-9042-7 In 2014, Erika Johansen debuted a new fantasy trilogy with The Queen of the Tearling. It was astonishingly well written and full of promise, generating a huge amount of buzz. Even though only the first book in the series, it [….]

LitStack Review: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

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Hag-Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) Margaret Atwood Hogarth Release Date:  October 11, 2016 ISBN 978-0-8041-4129-1 In October of 2015, Hogarth, an imprint of the publishing giant Penguin Random House, launched a literary series where Shakespeare’s works would be “retold by acclaimed and bestselling novelists of today.” Five out of a planned eight novels in the series have [….]

LitStack Review: Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

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Manitou Canyon William Kent Krueger Atria Books Release Date:  September 6, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4767-4926-6 Cork O’Connor, former sheriff and now private investigator in the North Woods of Minnesota sure has longevity; well, for a literary character. Manitou Canyon is the 15th book in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger, and if it’s any [….]

LitStack Review: Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

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Time Salvager Wesley Chu Tor Book Release Date:  July 7, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-7718-0 (NOTE:  Why I didn’t post this review when I first read Time Salvager months ago I’ll never be able to fathom, but with its sequel, Time Siege, coming out, and me all hot and bothered to read and review it, I needed to address [….]

LitStack Review: LaRose by Louise Erdrich

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LaRose Louise Erdrich Harper Release Date:  May 10, 2016 ISBN 978-0-06-227702-2 Last year, Louise Erdrich was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, honoring a body of work that has spanned over 30 years.  In 2014, she won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Distinguished Achievement Award, both of [….]

LitStack Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Career of Evil Robert Galbraith Mulholland Books Release Date:  October 20, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-34993-2 Career of Evil, the third book in the crime thriller series starring private detective Cormoran Strike, is the grittiest one yet.  It’s no wonder that author J.K. Rowling stuck to her non de plume of Robert Galbraith long after news of [….]

LitStack Review: Fishing With RayAnne by Ava Finch

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Fishing With RayAnne Ava Finch Lake Union Publishing Release Date:  November 3, 2015 ISBN 978-15-0-39476-89 At first glance, RayAnne Dahl is a typical native 30-something Minnesotan.  She loves the changing of the seasons, embraces winter (even the driving), wears Scandinavian sweaters with “armorlike pewter closures and hasps”, and loves the outdoors.  She especially loves fishing, [….]

LitStack Review: The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

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The Jesus Cow Michael Perry Harper Release Date:  May 19, 2015 ISBN 978-0-06-228991-9 You know you’re reading a mighty special book when the two sentence prologue completely captivates: On Christmas Eve itself, the bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and beheld there illuminated in the straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank [….]

LitStack Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Jenny Lawson Flatiron Books Release Date:  September 22, 2015 ISBN 978-1-250-07700-4 Jenny Lawson is the woman behind The Bloggess website, which has won numerous awards for its brilliant writing and its biting humor.  She herself says of the site, “It’s mainly dark humor mixed with brutally honest [….]