Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

JacketA risky heist of an Atlantic City casino goes horribly awry, and the man vaguely known as “Jack” is called upon to clean it up.  But he only has 48 hours until the stolen cash explodes – and to get out of one deadly situation after another.  Debut novel.

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Love is a Canoe, by Ben Schrank.

JacketLove is a Canoe both is the title of this novel and a self-help book, within the novel, celebrating its 40th anniversary.  In order to revive sales and interest in the book, the publishing company creates a contest in which a couple, who needs some marital advice, will win a dinner with Peter Herman, the author of the self-help book.   Emily submits the winning entry and Eli submits to the dinner.

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The Affair, by Colette Freedman.

JacketLike four-part harmony, this tells of The Affair in four sections, “The Wife’s Story,” “The Husband’s Story,” “The Mistress’ Story,” and then concludes.  Interesting to hear/see repeated dialogue and scenes through different sets of eyes and minds.

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The Typewriter Girl, by Alison Atlee.

JacketBetsey joins the typing pool but she’s really too spirited to stay there.  She speaks her mind, writes a fraudulent letter of recommendation, and is let go, but is soon on her way to London where she manages to land on her feet, impressing Mr. Jones (for whom the fraudulent letter was intended) with how she manages tours for sightseers at his new Idensea pier.

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Indiscretion, by Charles Dubow.

JacketHarry is indiscreet with Claire– who easily blends into his (and his wife’s) group of Hampton friends.  The interesting thing, and well-done, of this story is the narrator/voice in which it is written.  I’ll say no more… let it/him speak for itself.

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Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

JacketThe author of critically acclaimed The Tender Bar follows up with an engrossing and highly readable fictional account of notorious bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton.  This year’s Long Island Reads selection.

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Frances and Bernard, by Carlene Bauer.

JacketFrances and Bernard maintain an relationship in letters in this epistolary novel that reminds us of what might be lost (or has already been lost) when (if) the post office eliminates Saturday delivery.  They write, they meet, they write again, exchanging thoughts about life, faith, and literature.

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