Back in 2011, I created a list of the top holiday-themed books I love. One book was "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol." The author, Tom Mula, has finally (and thankfully) released a new book this year which pays homage to another great literary classic while giving it an inventive spin.
I thought I would have little to identify with in this book, since its premise is based on competitive rowing, an activity I have neither participated in or ever harbored interest to watch. While Ron Irwin's upcoming novel, "Flat Water Tuesday," does spend a good amount of time detailing the rigors of training, mentally preparing and contending in the sport, it is more a story about a man coming to grips with his painful past, his turbulent present and the long-buried memories that inevitably rise back to the surface.
I rarely re-read books once I'm finished with them. But every now and then, I come across a published work that not only do I want to revisit, but I feel as if I have to in order to pick up on things I am positive I missed the first read through. One of those books is Volume One of the graphic novel series, "Cursed Pirate Girl." It is written and illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, whose artwork is so intricate and meticulous that unless you sit with a magnifying glass for days on end, you are bound to miss ...
In Suzanne Young's latest novel, "The Program," an inexplicable epidemic is causing teenagers around the world to commit suicide at a frightening rate. No one can seem to pinpoint what is causing this fatal behavior, but the government has implemented the Program to combat it.
Arguably, one of the most coveted professions is being a performer or public figure in show business. Nearly every little girl wants to grow up to be an actress, a dancer, a model or a singer. Many boys aspire to be action stars in movies and on television.
Bill Cheng's debut novel "Southern Cross the Dog" is a gritty, dark odyssey that explores the lives of three people, and how each is caught between the harsh, tragic living world and the enigmatic, enticing supernatural world.