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Local author Ann Leckie dominated the science fiction awards this year, winning multiple awards including the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her first novel "Ancillary Justice."

This captivating book deserves the positive attention. It introduces readers to a strange world, but remains grounded in human motivations. The plot centers on the dilemma faced when conscience...

AKA Doc Pomus

Pop quiz music fans, what do the songs "Save the Last Dance for Me" and "Viva Las Vegas" have in common? It's the songwriter, Doc Pomus also known as Jerome Felder. The biopic "AKA Doc Pomus" has rough production values, but it's an inspirational gem. Pomus was born to immigrant parents. His father was a bitter, broken failure. The family was always in debt....

Chris Bohjalian's latest, "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" presents the harrowing story of Emily Shephard, a smart teenager obsessed with Emily Dickinson whose biggest problem is a growing concern about her parents' drinking until...

"A Tale for the Time  Being" by Ruth Ozeki,

My time ran out for listening to the CD recording of "A Tale for the Time  Being," fiction by Ruth Ozeki, and I had to return it. Other readers were waiting for it. Yet, I did not want to let loose of this story about the intertwining of a writer with an unknown, unknowable reader, and the realm of the written word they share. Yet, unlike the Japanese teenager's diary washed up on the...

"Face Value" by Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn reports that he began writing the Rachel Gold mystery series after his wife grew tired of him saying he could write a better mystery than the one he just read. She encouraged him to stop complaining and start writing. Since his first book was published in 1988, readers have...

"Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

The quirky cartoonist for the New Yorker, Roz Chast, has a new book out called "Can't we talk about something more pleasant?" It's a graphic novel of her parents' decline that is...

Searching for Sugar Man

Both a mystery and a musician, Rodriguez was a folk singer/songwriter and the subject of "Searching for Sugar Man." Despite cutting two albums of high quality with songs that left lasting impressions on the producers, he vanished into obscurity. Far off in the country of South Africa, his music took hold and a legend began. Still in the days of vinyl, record stores were selling millions of his...

The royal sessions by Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers, one of rock n roll's most soulful voices, has released a CD of classics. In the liner notes for "The Royal Sessions" Rodgers mentions he was fortunate to have some of the same session musicians who performed the original versions of gems like "I Thank You" and "That's How Strong My Love Is." Apparently some of those studio musicians were unfamiliar with Rodgers, the singer/songwriter/...

"Problems with People" by David Guterson

David Guterson is perhaps best known for his 1994 best-selling debut novel "Snow Falling on Cedars." His latest book is a collection of stories titled "Problems with People."

Readers meet a wide variety...

If you are lucky enough to have more reading time during the summer, you may want to reserve a copy of one of these new books today.

Janet Evanovich continues her wildly popular series featuring New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum with "Top Secret Twenty-One." In this caper Plum juggles several dangerous assignments while helping her Grandma Mazur with her bucket list.

You may remember that Robert Galbraith's "...

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