Tag: Kerry McHugh

“The Oprah Effect”: Oprah’s Book Club Turns Twenty!

“The Oprah Effect”: Oprah’s Book Club Turns Twenty!

Embed from Getty Images   It’s hard to believe, but Oprah’s Book Club turns twenty this month. In 1996, the club launched with Oprah’s selection of The Deep End of the Ocean; the announcement and subsequent book discussion skyrocketed sales of the book nearly tenfold. […]

The Books We Want To Read Right Now

The Books We Want To Read Right Now

It’s hard to believe it’s already September, but here we are: it’s back to school time, autumn, fall, pumpkin spice season, or whatever moniker you choose to attach to these pre-winter months. Luckily for us readers, this season is notorious for bringing with it a […]

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From <b><i>Jane Eyre</b></i>

All About Jane: Taking Inspiration From Jane Eyre

I somehow made it through all of  my years of high school and college (with a minor in English, no less) without ever being assigned a single Bronte novel. Much to my chagrin, for when I finally picked up Jane Eyre at the age of […]

The Truth About Fairy Tales by Kerry McHugh

The Truth About Fairy Tales by Kerry McHugh

Fairy Tales, Old & New Neil Gaiman wrote in Coraline, ““Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Perhaps this explains why we as readers are continually caught up in […]

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (Tor, February 27) One part historical fiction and one part fantasy, A Darker Shade of Magic is a fantasy novel that draws on thoughtful and complex theories of magic and world building to present characters who are […]

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examinerby Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell (August 12, Scribner) The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped […]

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary (June 24, Penguin Books) No two victims are alike. DI Marnie Rome knows this better than most. Five years ago, her family home was the scene of a shocking and bloody crime that left her parents dead and her foster […]

The Hotel on the Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Hotel on the Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Hotel on the Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo (March 11, Harper) Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a […]

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant (March 11, Simon & Schuster) In each of the stories in this remarkable debut, award-winning writer David James Poissant explores the tenuous bonds of family—fathers and sons, husbands and wives—as they are tested by the sometimes brutal power of […]

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Redeployment by Phil Klay (March 4, Penguin Press) Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness […]

Marshlands by Matthew Olshan

Marshlands by Matthew Olshan

Marshlands by Matthew Olshan (4 February 2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) From the publisher: After years alone in a cell, an aging prisoner is released without explanation, expelled into a great city now utterly unfamiliar to him. Broken by years of brutality at the hands […]