Guest Host: Elizabeth Little
Elizabeth Little will be guest host of #LitChat on August 20, 2014 at 4 p.m.E.T. Follow #LitChat on Twitter or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
Take a pop icon in the mold of Paris Hilton, convict her of murdering her socialite mother, release her on a technicality after ten years in solitary confinement, then put her on the road to find her mother’s real murderer and you have Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter.
Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she…
Is There a Gender Gap in Literary Education?
#LitChat MediaMonday for August 18, 2014: Is There a Gender Gap in Literary Education? Follow #LitChat at 4 p.m. E.T. on Twitter or login directly to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
Surprisingly, of the most popular and growing segments within publishing is young adult fiction. This week in #LitChat MediaMonday we’ll look at how the emergence of edgy fiction featuring bold and adventurous young adult characters provides a channel into the lifelong reading universe. Julie Drew, author of the YA novel, Glimpse, writes a compelling piece on the merits of YA literature in this Huffington Post essay, YA Lit and the Gender Gap in Education.
Six Steps to Deal with Rejections
Whether we like it or not, ever so often, like an unwelcome houseguest, rejections creep upon us. It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career or the number of books you have published; rejections lurk around us writers like shadows. Even after having nine books in the market, every time that I receive a rejection letter, it hurts and stinks….
Guest Host: Robin Black
Robin Black will discuss her debut novel, Life Drawing, #LitChat on August 13, 2014. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
In her intimate debut novel Life Drawing, Robin Black unfolds a fierce, honest, and moving portrait of a marriage—the betrayals and intimacies, the needs and regrets, the secrets that sustain love and the ones that threaten to destroy it. Augusta and Owen have moved to the country, and live a quiet, and rather solitary life, Gus as a painter, Owen as a writer. They have left behind the city, and its associations to a troubled past…
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Reviewed by Carol Baldwin
Time travel. The Civil War. Multi-cultural. Horses. Romance. There aren’t many books that fit such a wide variety of categories—but Turning on a Dime by Maggie Dana does just that.
Samantha DeVries’ father is Lucas DeVries, a third-generation American of Dutch descent and master horseman; her mother, Gretchen, is an African-American and a history buff who has traced her family’s lineage back to 1875.
Caroline Chandler is the daughter of a plantation owner in Mississippi who prefers her brother’s… Read more.
Reviewed by Linda Lindsey Davis
Ivy and Mary was here.
These five words are carved into the closet door of an old Raleigh North Carolina home. No one knows the origin of the words but each of the previous owners has been cautioned by their predecessor not to remove the words or cover them up.
Diane Chamberlain’s latest mystery is set in the South of the 1960s, when the social realities of … Read more here.
Reviewed by Rich Magahiz
The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day is set up as a crime novel where the reader has no doubt as to who committed the crime in question or how. Still, the reader feels a lot of suspense as the main character, Amelia Emmet, tries to unravel various mysteries that her near-fatal shooting and the suicide of the shooter brings to the surface. Some of the mysteries are quite clear to her…
Reviewed by Robyn McIntyre
From the story of Sparta’s 300, the Maccabees, through to the lunch counter sit-ins of the Civil Rights movement, history has hundreds of thousands of stories of individuals who continued to fight their enemies, though outnumbered. Most of these stories are framed by what the people were fighting against—tyranny, religious persecution, manifest destiny, genocide. In Citadel, Kate Mosse writes about what the fight is for—love.
Natalia Sylvester will be guest host of #LitChat on June 11, 2014, from 4-5 p.m. E.D.T. Follow #LitChat in Twitter, or login to our direct channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.
Reviewed by Mary Vensel White
In Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel, Chasing the Sun, the curtain rises on a domestic drama involving Andres and Marabela, an upper-class Peruvian couple. Married for many years, they have grown apart and dispassionate. They sleep separately and spend most of their time in their own pursuits.
Reviewed by Kim Miner Litton
With some authors, you really have to wait for their next project. By then, you wonder if they’ll be able to recapture the magic of that first book, or if you’ll love them same way. In fact, you wonder if you really ever liked them in the first place or if you are just remembering them more fondly in retrospect. Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park exploded on the YA book scene in February of 2013; it was critically acclaimed and left many wondering what else we could expect from this new, exciting voice in realistic fiction.
Reviewed by Kim Miner Litton
Many teens will come to me looking for a historical fiction novel in the young adult section and, honestly, it’s a bit hard to find them. Of the ones that do exist, many authors have trouble translating the historical experience without alienating (or boring) young readers. The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logstead had all the pomp and beauty of a Victorian historical with the creeping uncertainty of a Gothic mystery. Read more here
Reviewed by Rich Magahiz
Thriller is the chosen genre of the 21st century. We are by now very familiar with its vocabulary of shadowy conspiracies, strangers with unknown motivations, mooks who find themselves on the short side of a firearm, traveling undetected through public transportation, the constant threat of assassination, the puppet master, jailbreaks. In his new novel, Lexicon, Max Barry has come up with a way to infuse it with something new by mixing in some speculative brain science. Read more here.
Reviewed by Christian Roulland Kueng
Sky Raiders is the first in a series called Five Kingdoms by best selling author, Brandon Mull. Mull is also the author responsible for the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, in addition to picture books Pingo and Pingo and the Playground Bully. What starts out as a fun Halloween with a visit to a weird haunted house, Cole Randolph and his friends, Dalton and Jenna, discover something more sinister happening in the basement… Read more here.
Reviewed by Carolyn Burns Bass
In this intelligent and seductive novel of meaning and morality, Lauren Grodstein creates a story that challenges the deep-rooted dogmas we use to protect and provoke ourselves and others. Begin with Andy Waite, a widower of two young daughters stunned by the senseless death of his wife six years past. A brilliant biologist coming up on tenure at an obscure liberal arts college, he’s on the brink of discovery.