Flash Review: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

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Fortune Smiles Adam Johnson Random House Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8129-9747-7 While this flash review was being written, “Fortune Smiles” was awarded the 2015 National Book Award for Fiction. In a 2010 interview for Electric Lit, author Adam Johnson was asked about the motivation behind his upcoming book, The Orphan Master’s Son (which [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green Dutton Books ISBN: 978-0-525-47881-2 The world is not a wish-granting factory. Sixteen year old Hazel Lancaster has a rare form of cancer. Terminal. But her doctors have recently discovered that she responds positively to a new drug. It will slow the progression of her disease, but not cure [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Safe from the Sea’ by Peter Geye

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Safe from the Sea Peter Geye Unbridled Books First Edition:May 21, 2009 ISBN 978-1-60953-008-2 Duluth, Minnesota, located on Lake Superior’s North Shore, is the nation’s final inland harbor even though it is staunchly situated in the upper Midwest, accessible to ocean-going vessels via the Great Lakes Waterway and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  To stand by [….]

LitStack Review: Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes

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Ghost Moth Michèle Forbes Bellevue Literary Press Release Date:  April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-1-934137-60-4 Ghost Moth is a beautifully deceptive book.  It feels light, ethereal, gentle and precious.  Yet it deals with such momentous issues as religious intolerance, infidelity, illness, death.  The truly perilous moments glance by, whereas innocuous times feel fraught with peril.  Innocence [….]

Author Vince Flynn Dies at 47

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The literary community lost a great talent when Vince Flynn died on Wednesday after a 2-1/2 year battle with prostate cancer.  But for those of us who live in the Twin Cities, the loss of the man is every bit as hard as the loss of the author.  Not only was Flynn – or “just [….]

The Cost of Hope: A Memoir by Amanda Bennett

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The Cost of Hope:  A Memoir Amanda Bennett Random House Publishing Group Original Edition (June 5, 2012) IBSN:  978-1-4000-6984-2 — ♦ — Amanda Bennett has lived a pretty big life so far – Harvard graduate, author, Pulitzer Prize winner, reporter for the The Wall Street Journal, editor of the Herald-Leader (Lexington, KY), managing editor of the The [….]