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Off the Shelves: How much real history is vital to historical fiction?

I received a rather interesting message in response to my last book review for "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The sender sent me a blog post about forgeries of famous artworks at various art institutes. This particular post was about how Edgar Degas may not have been the true artist behind "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," the statue that was modeled after the main heroine in "The Painted Girls."

February 10, 2013 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Painted Girls’ breathes life, literary magic into Degas' art

Much of the magic behind great works of art comes from the mystery of what inspired the artist to create such a piece. When you walk through an art museum, you may wonder what is the story behind each painstakingly-painted image, what drove someone to spend so many hours laboring to produce something unique and enigmatic.

January 27, 2013 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Local author’s book thought-provoking despite its flaws

I've realized after reading the novel for this week's book review that it may not be fair for me to critique self-published books. While I do get many requests from local writers to review their books, and I always want to support the ambitions of aspiring authors, let's face the not-so-nice truth: People tend to self-publish when faced with continuous rejection from literary agents and traditional publishing houses, and they prefer to simply pay the fee themselves to see their work in print.

January 13, 2013 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Famous authors’ new year resolutions to inspire book lovers

As 2013 approaches, many people are making their lists of resolutions for the new year.

December 30, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Meet the true Santa in this literary holiday treat

There have been many versions of Santa Claus's origin story told throughout time, from the earliest folklore of Father Christmas to modern television holiday specials and animated films.

December 16, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: “The Universe of Fair" is a fun romp for young readers

Have you considered buying your child a fun book to read as a holiday gift this year, but you're not sure what would be a good pick?

December 02, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: A weekend of literary wisdom in Dahlonega

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to attend Dahlonega's ninth annual Literary Festival, which was held at the North Georgia College & State University and the Chamber of Commerce.

November 18, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Imagination has a life of its own in ‘Memoirs’

Do you remember who your imaginary friend was when you were a child? Most of us had one, even if we don't recall what kind of creature or person it may have been, or for how long we had one.

November 04, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Harrowing haunts will entertain readers of ‘Your House’

As my favorite holiday, Halloween, is swiftly approaching, I know I'm not the only one getting in the mood for spooky stories and fright-fest films.

October 21, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Is blogging damaging our literary critiques?

With the advent of user-friendly websites such as Blogger and Wordpress, just about everyone at one time or another has created an online blog. It is an easy way for people to share their experiences, their interests, and their opinions on a worldwide scale.

October 07, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Origin’ a tantalizing science fiction tale for teens

In "Origin," Jessica Khoury's debut young adult novel, the author explores a well known theme - the quest for immortality - and puts a new variation on it: What is the value of one's life, and the lives of others, to someone who is already immortal?

September 23, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Author’s family history captures readers in ‘Catching the Eagle’

I have great admiration for those who preserve the chronicles of their family ancestry. Our modern world is so infested by sound bites and fleeting images, much of the time people don't bother to contemplate on the rich complexity of the past.

September 09, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: An earnest look at death and its effect on psyche

I had the pleasure of walking into my local bookstore a few weeks ago to meet a former death investigator doing a book signing for his recently released novel, about the cases he had encountered while working in Atlanta.

August 26, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: While not pure gold, ‘Auraria’ has some shining moments

In his debut novel, Tim Westover welcomes readers to Auraria.

August 12, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Seraphina’ soars with strong plot and characters

I was cautiously optimistic about the novel I picked up this week, a debut fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman, titled "Seraphina."

July 29, 2012 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


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