Book: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

The Kim regime — Great Leader Kim Il-sung, who took over the north after a single Korea was divided at the 38th parallel following the 1950-53 war; his son and successor, Kim Jong-il; and grandson ...

Dine and Die on the Danube Express / Peter King

Peter King takes readers on a trip down the Danube River from Munich to Bucharest in “Dine and Die on the Danube Express,” the eighth-installment in his “Gourmet Detective” series. The ...

Book: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Rarely does a novel bring tears to my eyes after only one chapter, but “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” did. And it wasn’t because of onions being chopped, either. J. Ryan Stradal’s ...

Book: The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

Rebecca Wells, known for her “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” continues her theme of strong women and the strong ties between them in “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder.” Set ...

Book review This is How It Ends

When “This is How It Ends” begins, Bruno has a well-paying job in Lehman Brothers’ main office, high above the streets of Manhattan. When the start of the 2008 recession leaves him adrift, ...

Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher is a genius in math and science, but he can’t read other people’s facial expressions, understand figures of speech or control himself all the time -- at 15, though, he has learned ...

Book: Felix in the Underworld

Acclaimed novelist Felix Morsom, the protagonist created by “Felix in the Underworld” author John Mortimer, doesn’t really do much, physically. He hasn’t experienced much, either. He ...

Book: Consequences

“Consequences,” by Penelope Lively, Viking Adult books,  2007. “Consequences” spans about 70 years, from the mid-1930s to present day, and transports readers thousands of ...

Book: Derailed

Larry Widdoes teaches high school during the day and a writing class for prisoners at Attica in the evenings. One of his night class students drops off the surprising first chapters of a novel — ...

Book: Between You & Me

What a pleasure it is to read a book by someone who cares so much about language, she debated with herself over her copy-editing hiring test. Hyphen in? Hyphen out? That or which? One comma or two? Mary ...

Book: Bake Until Golden

Members of the Potluck Catering Club, a group of women who started out sharing recipes at church, return home to Colorado after a trip to New York to compete on a television cooking show. As “Bake ...

Book: Eureka

Otis Halstead has been a respectable, responsible citizen for 59 1/2 years. He’s served on community boards, raised a daughter, faithfully accompanied his wife to Sunday services, and guided the ...

Book: Buried in the Sky

When we think of mountain climbing, we usually think of Everest, the world’s highest peak. But many of the most serious climbers now consider Everest more of a tourist excursion than a real challenge ...

Book: The Pyramid

You may think you know all about Kurt Wallander, the brooding ace detective from the Ystad police in Southern Sweden. But even if you’ve read Henning Mankell’s entire series about the middle-aged ...

Book: White Elephant Dead

Annie Darling takes a break from her murder mystery bookstore, “Death on Demand,” to investigate an actual murder in “White Elephant Dead.”  The novel is part of author Carolyn ...

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