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Novelist and essayist Pam Houston describes her years living on and maintaining a 120-acre Colorado ranch site in her new book, “Deep Creek.” Part memoir, part elegy to her observations on the destruction of the earth, and part almanac documenting the changing of the seasons, “Deep Creek” is…

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“Where were you when you first heard President Kennedy had been shot?” We can all answer that question, even if the answer is, “’I wasn’t born yet.’” This is the first line of David Bowman’s latest novel “Big Bang.” Bowman contends that the November 22, 1963 assassination was an earth-shatte…

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“A Curse So Dark and Lonely,” by Brigid Kemmerer, is a beautifully captivating retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” with many similarities to the original story, but more gloom than the Disney version.

In Karin Slaughter’s newest book, “Pieces of Her,” life is quiet for Andrea in the small town of Belle Isle, Georgia. Its beautiful beaches attract tourists and snowbirds. Andrea lives with her mother, a speech pathologist.

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Sylvain Neuvel’s novella, “The Test,” is very good near-future science fiction. It’s hard to talk about it without revealing the twist about 30 pages into it. That twist is essential to the book, but it’s a joy to discover the twist yourself.

Biographer Christopher Sandford’s “The Man Who Would Be Sherlock” is an interesting and insightful portrait of the creator of Sherlock Holmes. In this biography, Sandford focuses on Arthur Conan Doyle’s long career as an amateur investigator who lobbies for justice in controversial criminal …

Have you ever heard of Winnie-The-Pooh? The true story of the bear is the basis of “Winnie’s Great War” by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Geenhut.

This novel is based on the premise that in the mid 1800s the Cheyenne tribe proposed to white authorities that they trade 1,000 white women for 1,000 horses. No evidence exists to suggest this ever happened, but author Jim Fergus has written two engaging books based on this supposition, “100…

Surprises often come with a ring of the doorbell, but it’s unlikely you’ll find a butler on the front step like the family in “Pay Attention, Carter Jones,” by Gary D. Schmidt.

“The Girls at 17 Swann Street,” by Yara Zgheib, is an incredibly beautiful and gripping story about a young woman trying to live with anorexia.

“An Anonymous Girl,” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, is a dark psychological thriller full of twists and suspense. It is a story of deceit, jealousy and obsession.

Foreign policy specialist Robert Kagan warns that the “liberal world order” established by the United States after World War II is in trouble. The author, who served in the Reagan State Department, believes “the liberal order is like a garden, artificial and forever threatened by the forces …

The Book holds the record of every event that ever has, is, or will come to pass. And it’s the only book in existence. In the swashbuckling world of Kelanna, there is no reading or written word, only the Guard—a secret, powerful society that harbors the magic of writing. But the Guard no lon…

Love, dignity, and purpose, especially as it relates to torture in the fight for freedom, form the themes of this memoir by Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela.

Based on her family’s experiences and that of a friend coming to America, respectively in 1900 and 1911, Lesléa Newman stirs our hearts with “Gittel’s Journey, An Ellis Island Story.” Newman’s book is a tribute to the 3 million Jews who immigrated to America from 1880 to 1924, largely to esc…

“The Wicked King,” by Holly Black, is the captivating, action-packed sequel to the amazing “Cruel Prince.”

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“Real power is— I don’t even want to use the word— fear.” That tenet, spoken to a reporter by Donald Trump on March 31, 2016, is the origin of the title for Bob Woodward’s 19th book. Since becoming president, Donald Trump has attempted to make American citizens fearful of international trade…

This dystopian novel has strong political notes and an unfulfilling love story. There are also a lot of references to behavioral psychology and cold war politics.

The old expression, “Be careful what you wish for,” could be the theme of “I Wish it Would Snow,” by Sarah Dillard. The book’s main character is an exuberant bunny that longs for the white stuff, starting back in the fall, when he sits on the forest floor surrounded by piles of red and gold.…

Noah Hawley’s book “The Punch” is a black comedy telling the story of a family torn apart then brought together by the death of the patriarch and center of the family, Joe Henry. His death brings out the best and the worst in his two sons and wife.

“Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” is a historical look into Paris in the 1880s when Edgar Degas created the infamous bronze figure of a ballet dancer. Using historical research, author Camille Laurens, compiles the story surrounding the life of artist Edgar Degas and the model who posed for “The…

Eminent historian Joseph J. Ellis has written an important book focusing on how four founders of the United States thought about and dealt with four contentious issues that are still disturbing American society and government today.

Creativity blossomed for a young English artist who wanted to “paint America,” after his family was forced to move to the United States. “Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art,” by Hudson Talbott, details Cole’s contributions to a style of artwork he gave birth to in t…

“The Towering Sky,” by Katharine McGee, is set in New York, 2119; it’s the final book in her three book series. The skyscraper featured in the book flows with the energy of the five teenagers whose lives have been threaded together by fate.

A quick read, written in verse and based on a true story, “Lifeboat 12,” by Susan Hood, steals your breath away. It’s September 1940, and World War II is raging, the Blitz decimating London. In a desperate effort to save their children, Brits send them by ship to Canada and other countries f…

In June 1922, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to permanent exile in Moscow’s grand hotel, the Metropol. Russian authorities inform Rostov that if he sets so much as one foot outside the hotel, he will be shot. A suspected enemy of the Russian Revolution, the Count’s life is spared…

“Knights Vs. Dinosaurs,” by Matt Phelan, is the book for you if you like medieval, humorous stories.

“This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga,” by Miriam Gates, directs its easily discernable message to tweens and teens, in a book with helpful information and activities to achieve a more peaceful presence.

“I’ll Be Your Blue Sky,” recently released in paperback, is a novel about love – family love, romantic love, the love of strangers and the love of good friends. It is also a story of domestic abuse, deep secrets, sacrifice and courage.

“Josephine Baker’s Last Dance” is a novel is about one of the most interesting woman of the 20th century. The book is divided into five sections or “Acts.” The first deals with Josephine’s early years in St. Louis, where she was born into poverty to a mother who didn’t love her and later was…

Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster were born during the American Revolution and were heirs to the best and the worst of the U.S. Constitution. “The Great Triumvirate,” as they came to be known, dominated U.S. politics for four decades, from the 1800s to the 1850s. At various time…

“Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film” by film scholar Don Graham tells the story of the filming of the epic movie western “Giant” in 1955.

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, America retaliated with the Doolittle Raid, attacking Japan. The Japanese didn’t relent after the raid, growing more determined to bomb American’s mainland. This scenario sets the stage for “Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japane…

Cat, the main character in “Cruel Design,” by Emily Suvada, has made it out by the skin of her teeth. She’s wandering the woods with her brother Leoben and her boyfriend, Cole. She is frightened by the truth she now knows about herself, but that's not the scariest thing she’s experiencing; t…

“Rising Out of Hatred” is an unflinching examination of how white supremacy has grown to be part of the mainstream in today’s American culture. It is also a “prodigal son” story of the young leader of a large Internet hate group who abandons white nationalism because of the patience and kind…

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A little girl bundled in green from head to foot, reaches up to put a red envelope in a mailbox, but a swirl of wind jettisons the letter away. It ends up in the hands of a petite, polka dot elephant. Young readers will relish “Merry Christmas, Little Elliot,” a poignant book about a pachyde…

On Monday morning, April 28, 1986 a librarian at the Los Angeles Central Library noticed smoke coming from a distant section of the stacks, smoke from a fire that would take the entire Los Angeles Fire Department more than seven hours to bring under control.

Trying to avoid a harried holiday can be a goal around Christmas time. But sometimes we fail, like the mom in “Oliver Elephant,” by Lou Peacock. The poor mom scurries about shopping with her baby Evie-May, and her little boy Noah, who has brought Oliver along, his beloved toy elephant.

“Umbertouched,” by Livia Blackburne, continues with all the unspoken romance, questions of honor/morality, and heartbreak of the first book in the series, “Rosemarked.” The sequel is not for the faint of heart; if you read it, I promise you this—tears will roll.

“The Christmas Sisters” is a light, easy read—the story of a family struggling to get along during the holidays. All is not grim, however. Sarah Morgan’s novel is overlaid with romance making for a festive confection set in the Scottish Highlands.

Tana French’s novel “The Witch Elm,” is full of twists. The book is part mystery, part family drama and part psychological study. The story starts out slow but it is worth a read.

In 1940, Juliet Armstrong, an 18-year-old English file clerk, is recruited to be a spy for the British Secret Service, otherwise known as M15. Her assignment is to monitor and transcribe recordings of meetings in an apartment bugged with multiple microphones.

Today we welcome a new reviewer to MO Books, Kimberly Chaves, a cardiac sonographer at Mercy Hospital in Washington. She has three young children and her husband is a firefighter.

If you’ve got a girly-girl on your Christmas list, you’ll score big time with “Just Add Glitter,” a light-hearted book by Angela DiTerlizzi that celebrates the merits of glitter — oodles and buckets of it.

On an unnamed island once ruled ruthlessly by murderous dictators, Lena, a student revolutionary, succumbs to the charms of an older student named Victor.

Cranky Bruce the bear is back in “Santa Bruce,” a picture book Scrooge would relish. All things Christmas have bear wishing he could sleep through the holiday as he’s done in the past, so goes Ryan T. Higgins' newest “Mother Bruce” book.

“500 Words or Less,” by Juleah Del Rosario, is the heart-wrenching, very relatable story of a girl trying to find herself.

Mark Lilla, political scientist and Professor of Humanities at Columbia University delivers a convincing critique of the self-defeating practices of today’s liberals. Lilla assesses how, during “the great liberal abdication” which occurred during the Reagan administration, liberals gave up p…

Have a warm cup of cocoa, snuggle up with a youngster and share “Winter is Here,” a charmer by best-selling, award-winning Kevin Henkes. It’s the third book about seasons Henkes has written; previously he penned “When Spring Comes,” and “In the Middle of Fall.”

“Twenty-five years ago I killed my mother.” So goes the startling opening of a novel rooted in mystery, terror, and uncertainty surrounding a host of crimes occurring in the past and the present.

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