Fiction

Small Town, Big Intrigue

November 4, 2011
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Small towns in America aren’t always like Mayberry or River City or Lake Wobegon. Sometimes they’re like Exeter, Massachusetts, the setting of Jennie Coughlin‘s book “Thrown Out: Stories from Exeter.” Buy the book This is a town of grudges, and secrets, and regrets. Alliances form and reform, the past becomes the future, where young boys find bodies in the marsh — and where nothing is ever quite what it looks like on the surface. Who…

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Does He Really Want to Know The Family Secrets?

October 11, 2011
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What do you know about your ancestors? You know what they look like, if you have photo albums. Perhaps they left some letters, maybe an old newspaper clipping. But what does that really tell you about them? Buy the book Imagine learning the truth about your family. I mean, the real truth, the parts no one talks about anymore, the details no newspaper clipping contains. In his novel “Faded Lives” Edward T. Vaughan introduces us…

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Stand By Her Man? Not Any More.

October 11, 2011
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It has become an iconic image in American politics – the philandering husband, coming clean under the hot television lights, with his suffering but loyal wife by his side. Buy the book It makes you wonder. Why would a woman who knows her husband is a serial adulterer stick around? Tara Woolpy‘s novel “Releasing Gillian’s Wolves” helps us understand. Gillian is the wife of a successful politician who has trouble keeping his pants on. But…

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The Treasure Hunt That Will Change Her Life

October 11, 2011
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Birdie Kaminsky steals things for a living. And now Birdie is on her way to the little town of Liberty, Ohio where her plan is, she figures, to steal a treasure that’s been hidden since the Civil War. How does she know about it? Because Birdie has a deliciously-cryptic clue passed down in her family for generations. And that’s just the first clue she uncovers, in her quest for riches and the good life that…

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Then a Stunning, Leggy Blonde Walks In…

October 11, 2011
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A sexy blonde with a missing, and maybe dead, husband wants Reed Ferguson’s help in finding him. Reed is a private eye. Or will be as soon as he gets his first client, and this dame looks like she could be just the ticket. Oh, that’s not me talking, that’s Reed, who loves Raymond Chandler books and Humphrey Bogart movies. And wants badly to be just like those old noir detective heroes. Buy the book…

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