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The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

The Muralist Blends Art and History in a Compelling Tale

Dec 31, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

The Muralist, B.A. Shapiro – B.A. Shapiro is no stranger to blending genres. Her latest, The Muralist, which alternates between modern day and the Depression era is part historical novel, part romance and part mystery Read more »

The Restaurant Critic's Wife

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife Based on Real Life

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Audio | Contributor: Doris Booth

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, Elizabeth LaBan, Lake Union/Amazon–THE RESTAURANT CRITIC’S WIFE is a charming portrait of the complexities of life that many women face when dealing with their marriages, their children, their friendships, and their careers Read more »

All We Had

Author Applies Visual Skills to the Creation of Novel

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

All We Had, Annie Weatherwax–At first glance, Annie Weatherwax, author of All We Had, seems like an unlikely prospect to be a writer. As a successful sculptor, she sculpted superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics Read more »

After the Parade

Lori Ostlund Debut Novel Deals with Life After the Parade

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Diane Slocum

After the Parade, Lori Ostlund, Scribner–Aaron Englund’s life is divided – before and after the parade, before and after his mother leaves and before and after he leaves Walter. Trying to make it on his own in San Francisco, he finds he has to make sense of his years of growing up in small-town Minnesota Read more »

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Love of Writing Shines in Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Anna Roins

At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen–Maddie Hyde and her husband Ellis have been cast out of Philadelphia’s polite society from notoriety and bitter disappointment. Together they cross the Atlantic during WWII submarine warfare to a remote Scottish village with the hope of redeeming themselves and the family name Read more »


A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Audio | Contributor: Doris Booth

A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka, Lev Golinkin, Anchor Books–When Lev Golinkin and his Jewish family escaped the Russian-dominated eastern Ukraine city of Kharkov in 1990, they were allowed to take only a few possessions. Nine-year-old Lev chose to take his stuffed bear and a backpack Read more »