Reviews

REVIEW | ‘ANIMAL KEEPERS’

Donn Behnke isn't a great writer, and it shows. He is a great coach, though, and that most definitely shows.Read #x201c;The Animal Keepers#x201d; (KCI ...

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REVIEW | ‘THE FORGOTTEN ROOM’

Three best-selling authors have come together to write #x201c;The Forgotten Room,#x201d; a novel about three women united by one iconic New York City ...

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REVIEW | ‘VESSELS’

When Iowa graduate Daniel Raeburn met his wife at a party, he was stuck in an extended adolescence, as he describes in his debut non-fiction work, #x2 ...

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Reviewers: Best books of 2015

Looking for a good book to read this holiday season or for the winter ahead? The Gazette's book reviewers offer their top picks from the more than 100 ...

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‘The Red Collar’: Book on loyalty is not to be missed

It's the summer of 1919 in a small town in France, and a mangy dog sits outside a makeshift military prison, wailing #x201c;methodically, more or less ...

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‘Confession of the Lioness’: Plot full of metaphors is to be savored

While author Mia Couto may not be a household name in Iowa, he is in Portuguese-speaking Africa, and after reading his latest novel, #x201c;Confessio ...

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‘Playlist for the Dead’: Book loses its footing over tunes

In Michelle Falkoff's new young adult novel "Playlist for the Dead," Sam finds his best friend Hayden dead after a disastrous encounter at a party. Ha ...

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‘Elimination’ should be added to reading list

Jessica Bradshaw, a U.S. Congressman, is engaged in a tight election battle when someone fires shots at her after a televised debate. The shots miss, ...

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‘The Eternal City’: Novel worthy of teen obsession

There's a tween in my family who is obsessed with books featuring mythological characters. She's been casting about for her next book. Paula Morris' # ...

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‘Orange is the New Black’: Topic is titillating, but book lacks personal introspective

In 2010 Piper Kerman was known to readers and booksellers as the author of #x201c;Orange is the New Black,#x201d; a memoir detailing her year in a wo ...

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‘Time Ages in a Hurry’: Readers should savor every minute of this collection of tales

All classic stories have one thing in common: by the end of the tale, the main character has undergone a transformation - grand or small, he is differ ...

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‘The Silent Girls’: A dark, twisty tale for readers to cozy up to this summer

Eric Rickstad's #x201c;The Silent Girls#x201d; was first published only as an e-book by Witness Impulse, an imprint devoted to e-originals. But the th ...

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‘At the Water’s Edge’: Historical novel falls flat with whiny characters

When I learned that Sara Gruen was coming out with a new novel set during World War II, I was eager to review it. Her best-selling book #x201c;Water f ...

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“Dark Rooms’: Author conjures up creepy novel

The success of Lili Anolik's debut novel #x201c;Dark Rooms#x201d; can largely be credited to the creepy atmosphere she conjures.This story of a murder ...

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‘The Crime of Our Lives’: Master crime writer takes on crime fiction

In #x201c;The Crime of Our Lives,#x201d; acclaimed mystery writer Lawrence Block collects pieces he has written over the years about other writers. So ...

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