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8 01, 2012

Review: Stressed in Scottsdale by Marcia Fine

By | January 8th, 2012|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Stressed In Scottsdale by Marcia Fine is a book that is true to the title. In the story, Jean Ruben is incredibly stressed out. Her husband Maury is a semi-retired doctor who persuades her to attend green meetings when she is already overbooked. Her mother is demanding, and her daughter wants more of her time. Jean is at the end of her rope and unable to manage the demands of her life on any given day.

Her best friends April and Glee try to help her find some sanity and encourage her to become more involved in her community. Jean picks her battles, and chooses to fight one of significant proportions when she makes it her mission to stop Flora Beaudreaux from becoming a legislator in their community. Flora was responsible for Jean getting fired from

1 10, 2011

Review: High Before Homeroom by Maya Sloan

By | October 1st, 2011|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Doug is a teenager leading an extraordinarily unremarkable life. He comes up with the “brilliant” idea that if he gets himself hooked on meth and has to go to rehab, than his life will change. He believes that he will finally be popular with not only the girls, but also the entire student body and his family. Doug feels that even his mother looks at him as “second-best” to his brother Trevor.

While I found this to be an odd, yet interesting approach to popularity, Doug managed to not even pull his drug addiction off correctly. He was truly, to me, a very unlikable, feel sorry for himself kind of guy. He might have gotten the attention he so craved for himself if he had just exerted a bit of effort at trying to fit in and quit being

23 09, 2011

Review: The Blow-off by Jim Knipfel

By | September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Hank Kalabander lives a simple life; he’s married and has a job writing the crime blotter for a small time paper. Life is easy enough until Hank thoughtlessly implies that a drunk who was allegedly assaulted one night was attacked by the legendary Bigfoot. Things could have and would have ended there, but for the misfortune of a tabloid writer ripping off the piece and adding a few more victims to boot. From there, Hank’s life (along with the neighborhood) goes downhill. Bigfoot has gone on a rampage and nobody, least of all Hank, knows when the gruesome murders will end.

The Bigfoot story becomes like a childhood game telephone: one person tells another person who tells another person and so on until it gets far enough down the line that we’re lucky if even an inkling of

29 08, 2011

Review: The Dumpster by Becky Due

By | August 29th, 2011|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Nicole wants so desperately to be in love that she finds it everywhere. She justifies everything that is wrong with her relationships to convince herself that not only is she in love, but so is the guy. A one night stand for a guy becomes marriage plans for Nicole.

Roxanne is Nicole’s best friend and hasn’t had a date in over two years. Nicole convinces Roxanne to give men another shot and begin dating and in return she will seriously date men – not just sleep with them and begin making plans for the future.

Nicole’s life is fast paced with one near disaster after another and I wasn’t really surprised to find out that the dumpster for her building had been moved to sit directly under her bedroom window. She and her friends have great fun with this

12 08, 2011

Review: The D Word by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

By | August 12th, 2011|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Colleen Turner

In The D Word, two women decide to take matters into their own hands and do what they initially think will make them happy. Jordan, a spiritual counselor (do NOT call her a psychic!) who has unfortunately been unable to see down the path of her own marriage, is no longer happy and asks her husband, Kevin, for a divorce without the benefits of trying counseling. As the day comes to finally sign the divorce papers, she realizes that Kevin seems to be moving on while she is stuck behind. She starts wondering if she has made a big mistake, for herself and for their son, Max.

Elle, a writer who archives for her readers the torment that is the singles scene, leaves her fiancé only weeks before their wedding when she cannot shake the feeling that it

25 07, 2011

Review: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

By | July 25th, 2011|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Westerns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Krista Castner

Reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is the literary equivalent of watching a film by the Coen brothers. It is filled with dark humor and unexpected plot twists. It’s a western, a buddy story, and a noir-comedy that makes you stop and think about what living in the American West during the 1850’s might really have been like. Charlie and Eli Sisters are the notorious Sisters Brothers. They are hired guns working for the Commodore out of Oregon City, Oregon. When he sends them off to kill Hermann Kermit Warm in San Francisco, all sort of mayhem ensues.

Older brother Charlie is much more of a sociopath than Eli. Eli is pulled along by circumstances and his familial loyalty to his brother. He kills when he has to but his heart really isn’t in it. He dreams

20 04, 2011

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carroll & Nicholas Cook

By | April 20th, 2011|Categories: Comic, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

When author Lewis Carroll took Alice through the looking glass in 1871, little did he know that a much more gruesome nightmare awaited his dear Alice. When 1864 Alice woke up in a land of wonder, 2011 Alice awoke to a land of the living dead ruled by a power hungry, yet very human, queen.

Forced to listen to her lessons from her sister as they sit in their favorite cemetery, Alice notices a black rat who seems to be in a hurry. More startling, he has a pocket watch and is quite verbally worried about being late! Unable to help herself, Alice abandons her sister to follow this black rat down a “dead hole” that takes her to a land that is as bizarre as it is horrific. In her travels through this

23 07, 2010

“Friday Night Club” by Jacob Nelson Lurie

By | July 23rd, 2010|Categories: Comic, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Friday Night Club has the potential to be a decent novel, but its’ distracting elements take away from the credibility of the writing.

Davis, the narrator of the story, is planning to get married. Like most men his age, he is afraid of commitment. His few friends, Jonesy and Peter Carter, only help him continue his partying ways while offering misguided advice on women. The author makes it a point to say that the story is a true one, and that everyone knows someone like the people depicted in the story. I beg to differ, since these “friends” are hedonistic and only interested in the next party or sexual encounter.

The author uses lewd phrases and words to relay the story. He drops f-bombs, s-words, and so on, and freely discusses oral sex and references having sex

6 03, 2010

Review: Five Finger Fiction by Brooks Sigler

By | March 6th, 2010|Categories: Comic, Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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five finger fiction book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Lila O’Farrell is merely one small voice in the collective choir that makes up her large Irish Catholic family. Her mother is the tyrannical monarch, her father the quiet peeping tom, her sister the mute sheep merely following the herd. And that’s only her immediate family. Lila’s extended family makes up half the town she lives in and nothing she does can escape the all-seeing eye that is her mother. Well, almost nothing. Rather than turning to things like sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, Lila has become a full fledged kleptomaniac. The objects don’t need to be of particular value, just easily slipped into a purse, bag, or pocket.

Lila’s story takes her from the 6th grade of a private Catholic school, to a public high school with cousins around every corner and an aunt as

3 03, 2010

Review: Magnolia Wednesdays Wendy Wax

By | March 3rd, 2010|Categories: Comic, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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magnolia wednesdays book coverReviewed by Rachel M.

Wendy Wax’s Magnolia Wednesdays is a light, fun romp. Vivien, or Vivi as her family calls her, is a strong and interesting heroine. She starts out as an investigative reporter in New York City, but after getting shot in the behind, retreats to heal her wounds in Georgia with her sister Melanie. 

Even as her sister takes her in, though, Vivi betrays her by writing a pseudonymous column about the problems with suburban Southern life and “investigating” the mysterious