Category Archives: Best Books of the Year

Last Night at The Viper Room, by Gavin Edwards (2013)

I remember watching the news on October 31, 1993. I didn’t usually watch the evening news—I was always either working or at happy hour—but this was a Sunday, so I was probably doing laundry and nursing a hangover. I remember … Continue reading

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Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down, by Bill DeYoung (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) The Bridge to Tragedy On Friday morning, May 9th, 1980, I was a student at Pine View School in Sarasota, Florida. School started at 8:15, and I think … Continue reading

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Exile on Slain Street (Clancy Parker Mysteries #2), by P.J. Morse (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher) “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” This immortal line—often misattributed to Shakespeare—comes from William Congreve’s play, The Mourning Bride. … Continue reading

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Beyond the Pale, by Elana Dykewomon (ebook 2013)

Old World and New: A Breathtaking Story of Hardship and Love (nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) “My aunt sat at the kitchen table, sewing again. She watched the needle piercing … Continue reading

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What I Came to Tell You, by Tommy Hays (2013)

(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) Picture Perfect: Loss, Love, and The Art of Healing “What I Came to Tell You” shows a family imploding in grief, and how they find redemption in learning they … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart: The Biography, by Michael Mann (2013)

A Beautifully Rendered Portrait of a Wonderful Life There are few—if any—actors in the annals of American film like Jimmy Stewart. In films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Harvey,”–even his darker films, like Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Could See Demons, by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (2013)

“The Boy Who Could See Demons” is named Alex Connolly. He’s ten-years-old, and lives in a decrepit council house in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His mother, Cindy, has serious problems. She loves Alex, but she can barely take care of herself. … Continue reading

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Alex, by Pierre Lemaitre (2013)

(nb: I received an advance review copy from the publisher via NetGalley) An Unputdownable Thriller Alex is a young woman in Paris, a pretty girl, full of life. One night, after she’s eaten a nice dinner, a giant of a … Continue reading

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Jenny Rat, by Martin Simons (2013)

Redeeming Each Other (nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) Last summer, I had an abscess. It kept swelling and hurting until I finally went to the doctor. He had to cut into … Continue reading

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The Panopticon, by Jenni Fagan (2013)

“The Panopticon” is one of the best-written, saddest, most-moving and triumphant coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read—easily one of the best books of 2013—and I have absolutely no damned idea how to review it. I love books like that, books that … Continue reading

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