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January 25, 2008

Bookreporter.com Newsletter

January 25, 2008

This Week on Bookreporter.com

Sharing the Books I Love...With YOU!

Bookreporter.com Talks to Eli Gottlieb, Author of NOW YOU SEE HIM

Now in Stores: DUMA KEY by Stephen King

Valentine's Day Contest: Books to Fall in Love With --- Enter to Win a Romantic Basket for Yourself or Your Valentine

New Featured Debut Suspense/Thriller Author: Will Lavender, Author of OBEDIENCE

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Michele Martinez, Author of NOTORIOUS

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Andrew Britton, Author of THE INVISIBLE

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Lawrence Goldstone, Author of THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION

Featured One to Watch Author: Therese Fowler, Author of SOUVENIR

Featured One to Watch Author: Alan Drew, Author of GARDENS OF WATER

Featured One to Watch Author: Julie Buxbaum, Author of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE
Featured One to Watch Authors: Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack, Authors of A VERSION OF THE TRUTH

Featured One to Watch Author: Ron Leshem, Author of BEAUFORT

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Beverly Barton, Author of THE MURDER GAME

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Sharing the Books I Love...With YOU!

I enjoyed reading through this week's reviews. As I read many books far in advance of publication, I enjoy reading what our reviewers have to say about the books that I already have fallen in love with. Reading Kate Ayers's glowing review of Eli Gottlieb's NOW YOU SEE HIM, I remembered floating in the pool on the Outer Banks this summer reading an advance copy of this book. When I closed it, all I wanted to do was talk about it, but there was no one else around who had read it. Reading Kate's interview with Gottlieb filled in some of the questions that I had, so I felt like my experience with this book has been enhanced. We also learned last week that NOW YOU SEE HIM will be made into a movie; it has all the makings of a terrific one.

Speaking of movies, the film adaptation of BEAUFORT by Ron Leshem, which we are featuring as a One to Watch title, is an Academy Award nominee in the Foreign Language Film category. Nice news to see. I added it to my Netflix queue, though there is no confirmed release date for the DVD. I do love that feature on Netflix since I never seem to get to the theater as often as I would like, and I never remember what I wanted to see.

Kelly Corrigan's THE MIDDLE PLACE is a special book, the kind I press into people's hands and say, just read this. In her review, Barbara Bamberger Scott describes the middle place as "that space between being a competent parent and still having parents of one's own to please and impress." Kelly writes a wonderful story of her love of her family, especially her dad, who is a real hero to her. If you would like to see Kelly talking about this book, I suggest watching this video of her from her Today Show appearance last week.
 
Last year I read SILENT IN THE GRAVE, a debut novel by Deanna Raybourn, and as soon as I finished it I was ready for the next book. Thus, when SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY hit my desk, I immediately starting reading it, ready to pick up Lady Grey's story. Another winner. Our reviewer, Judy Gigstad, logs her review of SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY this week, and she's now a fan of Raybourn's as well.
 
I still get ideas of what to read from our newsletter. Sue Miller's THE SENATOR'S WIFE is on my "to be read" stack, and I want to move it to the top after reading Terry Miller Shannon's review and the Q&A we posted this week. In a book club? If so, we have a guide for this one on ReadingGroupGuides.com that you may want to check out.
 
Our newest spotlighted author is Will Lavender, whose debut novel, OBEDIENCE, is a psychological thriller about a group of students who must solve a puzzle in order to save the life of a hypothetical girl --- or even their own. I started this one and pictured myself back at school getting this assignment. Hmmm... college was never this interesting when I was there. Must be all those television thriller, forensic and crime show influences! We have 10 copies of OBEDIENCE to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, February 1st.
 
Reminder that we still have opportunities for readers to win copies of Michele Martinez's NOTORIOUS and Andrew Britton's THE INVISIBLE. You may enter the drawing for an advance reading copy of NOTORIOUS by filling out this form and THE INVISIBLE by filling out this form.

I always enjoy shopping for the items we include in our gift baskets, and the Valentine's Day baskets that we are bringing you this weekend were particularly fun to pull together since all I did was think pink, red and sweet for a couple of days. The treats include Godiva chocolates, some really fabulous heart-shaped marshmallows from Williams-Sonoma, a rose-scented candle from Illuminations, some luxurious bath products from H2O+ and SEVEN books that are themed around love, falling in love and romance. Read on for details on how to enter our Third Annual Valentine's Day Contest.


This week we have two great prizes in our Word of Mouth contest: FIVE readers each will win a copy of THE APPEAL, the long-awaited new legal thriller by John Grisham due out on the 29th, and DUMA KEY by Stephen King, which just hit stores this week. Tell us what you are reading and rate the titles 1-5 by noon on February 1st to ensure that you are in the running to win these books.

Our poll this week continues with the theme of reading in the new year. We are asking how many books you are expecting to read in the coming year, while our question asks what new and established authors you are most looking forward to reading. You may respond to our poll by clicking here and answer our question by clicking here.

Around our house there is one birthday celebration down for my younger son, who was all smiles turning 13. I now am gearing up for the older one's fete on Monday. As I see it, one chocolate marble cake down; one more to go. I still have hopes that my older son will go for a cheesecake after reading the newsletter last week. Tune in next week to see if this dream came true.

Cold here. It's going to be a good weekend to hang close to the house with a fire in the fireplace and a good book. Turning pages IS exercise, isn't it? Especially if one reads fast! Have a great week.


Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
 

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Bookreporter.com Talks to Eli Gottlieb, Author of NOW YOU SEE HIM

In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Kate Ayers, Eli Gottlieb --- author of the critically acclaimed THE BOY WHO WENT AWAY --- describes how gaps in his own reading list prompted him to write his second novel, NOW YOU SEE HIM, and explains how his early work as a poet helped him to shape his characters. He also shares insight on his writing process, discusses its cathartic nature and names some of the writers who have inspired him over the years.

NOW YOU SEE HIM by Eli Gottlieb (Fiction)
An apparent murder-suicide leads a small town to instant fame and a reexamination of its citizens, particularly those closest to the killer. The killer’s best friend tries to make sense of the life thrown away as well as his own life, and uncovers some ugly truths in the process. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

-Click here to read a review of NOW YOU SEE HIM.
-Click here to read an excerpt from NOW YOU SEE HIM.

 

Click here to read our interview with Eli Gottlieb.

 

Now in Stores: DUMA KEY by Stephen King

DUMA KEY by Stephen King (Fiction)
In Stephen King’s latest mesmerizing tale, Edgar Freemantle survived being smashed in a construction site accident, but it left him minus one arm, one wife, the ability to always think and speak coherently…and filled with a suicidal rage. When he moves to Florida's Duma Key, he starts making art --- and art begins to remake Edgar, even as dark mysterious forces guide his creative abilities. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DUMA KEY.

 

Click here to read a review of DUMA KEY.


 

Valentine's Day Contest: Books to Fall in Love With --- Enter to Win a Romantic Basket for Yourself or Your Valentine

The countdown to Valentine's Day is on! Stuck on what to buy your Valentine? Our featured titles have the bookish answer. From January 25th through February 6th, readers will have the chance to win one of five Bookreporter.com Valentine's Day Baskets. They are filled with one copy of each of our featured books as well as a selection of sweet and heart-themed treats. With books that include heartwarming novels, philosophical commentary, musical analogies and some titles that are just plain fun, our Valentine's Day suggestions are sure to satisfy whatever you’re craving to give on this holiday.

Our featured Valentine’s Day titles are:

BEGINNER'S GREEK by James Collins
BODY SURFING by Anita Shreve
FOUR LETTER WORD: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance edited by Rosalind Porter and Joshua Knelman
LOVE IS A MIX TAPE: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE by Emma Darwin
OTHER PEOPLE'S LOVE LETTERS: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See by Bill Shapiro
SOCRATES IN LOVE: Philosophy for a Hopeless Romantic by Christopher Phillips

 

Click here to read all the contest details.


 
New Featured Debut Suspense/Thriller Author: Will Lavender, Author of OBEDIENCE
In his debut novel, OBEDIENCE (which hits stores on February 19th), Will Lavender weaves a psychological thriller in which a group of students are faced with a very unusual assignment --- to find a hypothetical missing girl before she is murdered. However, they soon discover that failing to complete it could cost them their lives.

We have 10 copies of OBEDIENCE to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, February 1st.

-Click here to read Will Lavender’s bio.
-Visit the author's official website, www.WillLavender.com.

More about OBEDIENCE:
When the students in Winchester University’s Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted with a startling assignment: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term, she will be murdered.

The students are intrigued, at first. But soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and the real world becomes blurred --- and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save.

 

Click here to read more about Will Lavender and OBEDIENCE.


 

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Michele Martinez, Author of NOTORIOUS

The bestselling author of MOST WANTED, THE FINISHING SCHOOL and COVER-UP, Michele Martinez is an expert at weaving chilling tales of murder, corruption and scandal. In NOTORIOUS, which hits stores on February 26th, Martinez delivers another riveting tale as Assistant U.S. District Attorney Melanie Vargas finds herself involved in a very deadly case.

We have 20 copies of NOTORIOUS to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, February 1st.

-Click here to read Michele Martinez's bio.
-Visit the author's official website, www.MicheleMartinez.com.

More about NOTORIOUS:
About to take a controversial rap star to trial for a past crime, Melanie Vargas receives an important piece of information from a friend of hers --- the rapper's lawyer. When he is killed moments later, Melanie becomes determined to find the culprit. But the more she digs, the more she finds troubling about her friend.

As the sole witness to the murder, Melanie is in danger of losing her own life. As the case proceeds, it isn't long before she realizes that she can't trust anybody --- not even those closest to her.

 

Click here to read more about Michele Martinez and NOTORIOUS.


 
Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Andrew Britton, Author of THE INVISIBLE
Andrew Britton captivated readers and critics alike with his electrifying thrillers THE AMERICAN and THE ASSASSIN. In THE INVISIBLE, the third installment in the Ryan Kealey series, he delivers a supercharged international adventure that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The book will be available in stores on February 26th.

We have 20 copies of THE INVISIBLE to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, February 1st.

-Click here to read Andrew Britton’s bio.
-Visit the author’s official website, www.AndrewBrittonBooks.com.

More about THE INVISIBLE:
For more than a decade, Ryan Kealey has been a key player in the war on terror. First, as a captain in the U.S. Army’s third Special Forces Group, then as a contract operative with the CIA. His actions have saved thousands of lives, including that of the U.S. President. Now once again, Kealey receives the call of duty --- only this time, the odds for success are slim to none. And he will have to risk everything, including the woman he loves, to save the life of one person.

 

Click here to read more about Andrew Britton and THE INVISIBLE.


 

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Lawrence Goldstone, Author of THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION

In THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION, which hits stores on January 29th, Lawrence Goldstone weaves a mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader into the operating rooms, drawing rooms and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer.

-Click here to read fast facts for Lawrence Goldstone.
-Click here to read Lawrence Goldstone's bio.
-Click here to see Lawrence Goldstone's backlist.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION:
In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, a group of physicians open a coffin and uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one of them strongly suspects that he knows the woman's identity...and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric novel --- an ingenious blend of history, suspense and early forensic science --- the most compelling chapter is yet to come, as young Ephraim Carroll is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets and unimaginable crimes.

 

Click here to read more about Lawrence Goldstone and THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION.

 

Featured One to Watch Author: Therese Fowler, Author of SOUVENIR

In SOUVENIR, a vibrant and moving fiction debut, Therese Fowler delivers a novel of second chances, the naïve choices of youth, the tensions within families and the wondrous designs of fate. SOUVENIR, which releases on February 12th, is an unforgettable tale about the transforming power of love.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SOUVENIR.
-Click here to read Therese Fowler’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for SOUVENIR.
-Visit the author’s official website, www.ThereseFowler.com.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about SOUVENIR:
Meg Powell and Carson McKay were raised side by side on their families’ farms, bonded by a love that only deepened. But at 21, Meg was presented with a marriage proposal she could not refuse, forever changing the course of her life.

Seventeen years later, Meg’s marriage has become routine. Then, after a long absence, Carson returns home to prepare for his wedding to a younger woman. As Carson struggles to determine where his heart and future lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery that will upset the balance of everyone around her.

 

Click here to read more about Therese Fowler and SOUVENIR.


 

Featured One to Watch Author: Alan Drew, Author of GARDENS OF WATER

In his fiction debut, GARDENS OF WATER, Alan Drew presents his readers with a powerful, emotional and beautifully written novel that brings to life two unforgettable families --- one Kurdish, one American --- and the sacrifice and love that bind them together. GARDENS OF WATER will be available in stores on February 5th.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from GARDENS OF WATER.
-Click here to read Alan Drew’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for GARDENS OF WATER.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about GARDENS OF WATER:
Sinan wishes to move his family to the safety of his old village --- a place where his children would be sheltered from the cosmopolitan temptations of Istanbul and raised in the Kurdish tradition.

But when a massive earthquake hits, the Basioglu family is faced with great challenges. Losing everything, they are forced to forage for themselves, living as refugees in their own country. And their survival becomes dependent on their American neighbors, to whom they are unnervingly indebted. As love develops between his daughter ─░rem and the American teenager, Sinan makes a series of increasingly dangerous decisions that push him toward a betrayal that will change everyone’s lives forever.

 

Click here to read more about Alan Drew and GARDENS OF WATER.


 
Featured One to Watch Author: Julie Buxbaum, Author of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE
Written with authority, grace and wisdom, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE is Julie Buxbaum’s first novel. Ending her relationship and unhappy at work, attorney Emily Haxby begins to feel her life unravel. In this book, which releases on January 29th, Buxbaum tells the story of how the young heroine decides to regain control and face the fears that have long haunted her.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE.
-Click here to read Julie Buxbaum’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE.
-Visit the book's official website, www.TheOppositeOfLove.com.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE:
When successful twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can’t explain to even her closest friends why she did it. As the holiday season looms and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel. How this brave, original young heroine finally decides to take control of her life and face the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of Julie Buxbaum’s marvelous first novel.

 
Click here to read more about Julie Buxbaum and THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE.

 
Featured One to Watch Authors: Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack, Authors of A VERSION OF THE TRUTH

In LITERACY AND LONGING IN L.A., authors Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack captivated readers with a brilliantly imagined first novel. In their new book, A VERSION OF THE TRUTH (which is now available in stores), Kaufman and Mack introduce a character you’ll never forget: Cassie Shaw, an irrepressible young woman who reinvents herself in a funny, wise and utterly original story about friendship, love, wildlife and other forces of nature.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from A VERSION OF THE TRUTH.
-Click here to read Jennifer Kaufman's bio.
-Click here to read Karen Mack's bio.
-Visit the book's official website, www.AVersionOfTheTruth.com.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about A VERSION OF THE TRUTH:
In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie Shaw has always felt right at home in the midst of nature, but everywhere else, life seems to be a little harder. At the age of 30, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie is in serious need of a paycheck. So in a desperate move, she lies on her resume when applying for an office job at an elite university. When she finds herself employed by two eccentric professors, Cassie begins to reinvent herself --- and soon encounters some very unexpected consequences.

 

Click here to read more about Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack and A VERSION OF THE TRUTH.

 

Featured One to Watch Author: Ron Leshem, Author of BEAUFORT

Ron Leshem’s debut novel, BEAUFORT, is an international literary sensation. In 2006 it was the recipient of the Sapir Prize, one of Israel’s most respected awards for literature. The movie adaptation of the book has been critically acclaimed at film festivals worldwide and is nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Film category. Translated by Evan Fallenberg, BEAUFORT is a powerful, visceral portrait of the horror, camaraderie and absurdity of war.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from BEAUFORT.
-Click here to read Ron Leshem’s bio.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about BEAUFORT:
Beaufort. To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hell. All around them, tension crackles in the air. And the threat of death is constant. But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. Until, in the final days of the occupation, Erez and his squad of young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusions --- and stand as a testament to the universal, gut-wrenching futility of war.

 
Click here to read more about Ron Leshem and BEAUFORT.

 

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Beverly Barton, Author of THE MURDER GAME

New York Times bestselling author Beverly Barton has written over 50 contemporary romance novels. Her new thriller, THE MURDER GAME, will be available in stores on February 5th. In this terrifying follow-up to THE DYING GAME, private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter team up again to stop a serial killer playing a very dangerous game.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from THE MURDER GAME.
-Click here to read fast facts about Beverly Barton.

-Click here to read Beverly Barton’s bio.
-Visit the author’s official website, www.BeverlyBarton.com.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about THE MURDER GAME:
The game is simple. He is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that’s when the game gets really terrifying...

Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers --- they took one down together. But this new killer is as sadistic as they’ve ever seen. He likes his little games, and he especially likes forcing Nic and Griff to play along.

 

Click here to read more about Beverly Barton and THE MURDER GAME.

 

This Week's Reviews

THE SENATOR'S WIFE by Sue Miller (Fiction)
When newly married Meri and her husband meet their neighbor, famous ex-senator Tom Naughton's wife Delia, the two women's lives intersect as they consider their respective marriages. Readers will find themselves irresistibly invested in their linked experiences, which culminate in a startling climax. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SENATOR'S WIFE.
-Click here to read an interview with Sue Miller.
 
THE MIDDLE PLACE by Kelly Corrigan (Memoir)
For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. She has a wonderful husband, two adorable children and a satisfying career. But she lives firmly in what she calls “The Middle Place” --- “that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap.” THE MIDDLE PLACE is a book about family --- about calling home, being home, returning home and making a home. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.
 
SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery by Deanna Raybourn (Mystery)
Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia Grey returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends. But dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters. Deanna Raybourn scores a winner with her newest Victorian mystery, a sequel to 2007’s SILENT IN THE GRAVE. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.
 
CAPITOL CONSPIRACY by William Bernhardt (Political Thriller)
William Bernhardt, known for his high-powered legal thrillers, pens his third novel featuring attorney Ben Kincaid as a United States senator. Ben gets caught up in the scandalous plans to rescind most of the Bill of Rights, as people in the government are striving to strip the populace of their privacy and more. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

ATOMIC LOBSTER by Tim Dorsey (Fiction)
Serge A. Storms is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE CRAZY SCHOOL by Cornelia Read (Mystery)
Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Madeline signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. What she discovers is a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder's bizarre therapeutic regimen. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

THE COMMONER by John Burnham Schwartz (Fiction)
It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. While the country is actively part of the “great move westward,” imperial tradition is not easy to break, and Haruko’s life of simple pleasures is replaced with borrowed clothes and traditions from what is, in effect, another world. Reviewed by Shannon Luders-Manuel.
 
MY ENEMY'S CRADLE by Sara Young (Fiction)
Sara Young has written numerous whimsical, touching books for young children as “Sara Pennypacker.” With her first novel for adults, she proves that her facility for writing heartfelt, realistic characters extends to general fiction as well. The result is a remarkable debut, MY ENEMY'S CRADLE, which introduces readers to both a memorable heroine and one of the lesser-known --- but most shocking --- aspects of the Nazi regime. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

AT THE CITY’S EDGE by Marcus Sakey (Thriller)
After returning home from Iraq with an "other than honorable" discharge, Jason Palmer is finding rebuilding his life the toughest battle yet. Elena Cruz is a talented cop, the first woman to make Chicago's prestigious Gang Intelligence Unit. She's ready for anything the job can throw at her --- until Jason's brother, a prominent community activist, is murdered in front of his own son. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

DOGFACE by Jeff Garigliano (Fiction)
Jeff Garigliano's debut novel is a dark, compulsively readable exploration of punishment and redemption. Set in a hellish wilderness camp for delinquent teens, DOGFACE is simultaneously wrenchingly violent and sincerely compassionate, darkly funny and achingly sad. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
 
FIDEL CASTRO: My Life – A Spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet (Autobiography)
This remarkable book is called a "spoken autobiography" --- it is presented entirely in the form of interviews between distinguished journalist Ignacio Ramonet and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Since Castro is not only a highly controversial political figure but also a rigidly demanding person, the interview format probably held out the only real possibility of creating a complete picture of his long life and career. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.
 
A DIET OF TREACLE by Lawrence Block (Thriller)
Anita Carbone was a good girl --- and it bored her. That’s why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit, dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate --- a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

 
Read this week's reviews here.

 

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Those who are subscribed to the Bookreporter.com newsletter by January 31, 2008 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE APPEAL by John Grisham, DUMA KEY by Stephen King, PLUM LUCKY by Janet Evanovich, THE SECRET BETWEEN US by Barbara Delinsky and THE WINTER ROSE by Jennifer Donnelly. Danica from Portage, IN
was last month's newsletter winner. She won THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR by Dean Koontz, LAST CALL by James Grippando, T IS FOR TRESPASS by Sue Grafton, THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HERE by Cecelia Ahearn and WATCHMAN by Ian Rankin.

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