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BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

  “The Son” is a generational-western epic written by Philipp Meyer and released in 2013. Despite being raised in an ultra-southern family, forced to watch “Lonesome Dove” a hundred times over and working at an old country auction house for six years, I have to say that I am not a fan of westerns. That […]

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BYOB: “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

Just recently published, “Ill Meet You There” is Heather Demetrios’ seventh novel release. Let’s be honest; I bought this novel purely based on how beautiful the cover is. Old, vintage, rusted motel signs in the foreground of an off-screen sunset. I love everything this cover suggests about the novel. A classic, eccentric setting off an […]

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BYOB: “We Were Liars” By E. Lockhart

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “We Were Liars” By E. Lockhart

“We Were Liars” is a YA mystery/romance fusion that takes place on the fictional private island of Beechwood, just off the coast of Massachusetts and owned by the ultra-wealthy Sinclair family. The story begins as Cadence Sinclair arrives for her 15 summer on Beechwood along with her mother, two aunts and the liars: cousins Mirren, Johnny […]

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BYOB: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.   Child 44 is a crime thriller novel set in 1950’s Soviet Russia, the first of a trilogy. In a country that advertises itself as a crime free utopia, Leo Demidov is a MGB agent tasked to discreetly investigate a series of child murders without […]

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BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” was published this summer.  The novel follows a sixteen year old girl named Emily Shepard who lost both of her parents in a nuclear explosion in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I know what you’re thinking, “so everyone turned into zombies.” No. Bohjalian masterfully writes a […]

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BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Suspense, romance and mystery — “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn has it all. When Nick’s wife Amy goes missing and a perfectly crafted murder scene is set up in their apartment, Nick becomes the prime suspect. While the novel appears to be following the typical “marriage-gone-wrong” mystery plot, Flynn quickly reminds readers that everything is […]

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BYOB: Wynne’s War by Aaron Gwyn

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Wynne’s War by Aaron Gwyn

Part western, part war story, “Wynne’s War” by Aaron Gwyn guides readers through the hilly terrains of Afghanistan on horseback with a tale that’s uniqueness is sure to captivate. The novel follows Corporal Elijah Russell on a covert, special forces mission led by the elusive Captain Wynne. Russell is instructed to train the horses, but is not […]

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BYOB: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

Critically acclaimed author Jodi Picoult came out with her latest novel “The Storyteller” in May 2013. “The Storyteller” follows along Picoult’s usual themes of family and struggle, but this novel had a historical element that is not usually a staple of her works. The story centers around the Holocaust and one woman’s story of surviving […]

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BYOB: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

The latest young adult franchise is the “Divergent” series. The movie based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Veronica Roth hit theatres last weekend. Roth followed suit of many young adult novels of creating a futuristic or post-apocalyptic world. In her world, society is divided into “factions,” and each person takes an aptitude […]

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BYOB: “Inferno” by Dan Brown

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “Inferno” by Dan Brown

Dan Brown, bestselling author of “The Davinci Code,” impressed readers once again in May 2013 with the release of his latest novel, “Inferno.” The newest novel features much loved character Robert Langdon in a new mystery. Langdon was featured in Brown’s previous novels “The DaVinci Code,” “Angels and Demons” and “The Lost Symbol.” Brown effortlessly […]

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BYOB: “Exploring Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “Exploring Diabetes with Owls” by David Sedaris

When I initially picked up “Exploring Diabetes with Owls,” I was expecting something quite different. I thought it would be a traditional memoir, start at the beginning and follow the evolution of David Sedaris’s successful writing career. What I got was a chance to talk to Sedaris about life, much like I would an old […]

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BYOB: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” captures readers hearts from the very first page. John Green’s style feels effortless and is easy to follow. The novel is written in first person and is told by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl who has been battling thyroid cancer since she was 13. She has a […]

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BYOB: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without ME? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without ME? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling, known for playing the hilarious Kelly Kapoor from NBC’s “The Office,” has jumpstarted her career as an actress, producer and writer. In 2011, she further displayed her writing talents in the book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).” Kaling gives readers a peek into her life. She guides us through […]

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BYOB: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
BYOB: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Stephen King fans have been waiting years for a sequel of his best-selling 1977 novel “The Shining.” Dedicated readers have wondered what happened to Danny Torrance, the little boy who survived horrors at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. On Sept. 24, King released “Doctor Sleep,” ending the 36 year wait and answering numerous questions. King […]

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Bring Your Own Book: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalain

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Bring Your Own Book: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalain

“The Light in the Ruins” weaves together the story of the Rosati family during World War II in 1943 and later on in 1955. The novel opens in 1955 with the brutal murder of Francesca Rosati. Readers soon find out that a serial killer is targeting the Rosati family and intends to kill all of […]

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