Category Archives: Best Books of the Year

Woman Walks Into a Bar, by Rowan Coleman (2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss) “Woman Walks Into a Bar” tells the story of a woman who has not had an easy life, but she’s found a sort of comfortable … Continue reading

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The Owners Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, by Terrence Deak, PhD; JoAnn Deak, PhD; illustrated by Freya Harrison

Adolescence is never easy. We know to expect many of the changes we encounter: girls growing breasts and curves, boys voices deepening, and everyone growing hair all over parts they used to be scared to wash. These are the “normal” … Continue reading

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The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes (2013)

It’s 1931 Chicago, and like so many Americans during the Great Depression, Harper Curtis has it rough. Harper lives in one of the many “Hoovervilles,” small villages of tarpaper shacks and tents where those with nowhere else to go try … Continue reading

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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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