LitStack Review: Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman

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Little Wolves Thomas Maltman Soho Press, Inc. Release Date:  January 8, 2013 ISBN 978-1-61695-190-0 You read it in the headlines for a few days; it crops up on the newsfeeds.  A troubled youngster with a checkered past snaps, killing someone else and then himself and it’s so sad, so sad.  When it happens in a [….]

LitStack Review: Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

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Vacationland Sarah Stonich University of Minnesota Press Release Date:  March 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8166-8766-4 Vacationland is a book that grabs you, not because of some harrowing drama or gripping plot twist, not due to a flamboyant cast of characters or unexpected turn of events or even because ordinary people have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances.  [….]

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger Atria Books Publication Date: March 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4516-4582-8 I have a confession to make.  I had ulterior motives when reading William Kent Krueger‘s novel, Ordinary Grace.  I felt compelled to read this book, and share it if it bore out being as good as I assumed it would be.  [….]

LitStack Review: Being Emily by Rachel Gold

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Being Emily Rachel Gold Bela Books, Inc. First Edition: June 26, 2012 ISBN 978-1-59493-283-0 Many Young Adult (YA) books have topics that touch on burgeoning sensibilities:  morality, depth of emotion, sexuality, responsibility, fears, freedoms and independence.  But few of them deal head on with the touchy subjects of gender dysphoria, transsexualism or transgenderism, all of [….]

LitStack Review: Butter by Anne Panning

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Butter Anne Panning Switchgrass Books First Edition:  October 15, 2012 ISBN 978-0-87580-681-5 We usually think of nostalgia as a sentimental warm fuzzy feeling, a wistful desire to return back to what was, when – true or not – things seemed to have been simpler, and “better.”  What is so marvelous with Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Sometimes It Snows in April

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Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish that life was never ending But all good things, they say, never last And all good things they say, never last And love, just isn’t love until it’s past Those lyrics are from Sometimes It Snows in April, a little [….]

Lake Country by Sean Doolittle

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Lake Country Sean Doolittle Initial Release: July 31, 2012 Bantam Books ISBN 978-0-345-53392-0 Crime and/or suspense novels aren’t really my thing.  Not because they aren’t potentially great reads, but I tend to like my literature at least one step removed from reality – sometimes the setting and situations in these works hit too close to [….]