Guest Author: Damian McNicholl

Damian McNicholl is guest host of #LitChat on June 26, 2017 at 4 p.m. ET. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.twubs.com/litchat.

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Guest Author: Mark Powell

Mark Powell is guest author of #LitChat on June 19, 2017 at 4 p.m. ET. Follow #LitChat in Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.Twubs.com/litchat.

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Guest Author: Robinne Lee

Robinne Lee is guest author in #LitChat on June 12, 2017 at 4 p.m. Follow #LitChat on Twitter, or login to our dedicated channel at www.Twubs.com/litchat.

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Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Favorite Family Fiction of 2014

Book enthusiasts love to compile “best of” lists and post them at the end of December. Every year I consider doing it too, but when I sit down to write, I find myself bristling much like Emily Nussbaum did over creating a top ten list of TV shows. Not only is it impossible to have read all the novels published in a given year, but it feels as silly as comparing paella to democracy. Read more here.

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LitChat’s Taking a Fall Holiday Break

LitChat’s Taking a Fall Holiday Break

We are so grateful for the many wonderful #LitChat sessions we’ve had this year, that we’re taking a break this week. We’ll be back with #LitChat MediaMonday on December 1 and then on December 3, Diane Chamberlain will join us to discuss her 22nd novel—yes, you saw that right, her 22nd novel—The Silent Sister. Read more here.

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Belonging to the Tribe of Writers

Belonging to the Tribe of Writers

This month, in honor of Nanowrimo (which I will attempt—next year) and also in response to the #777 challenge originally posed by Heather Demetrios to Lisa Papademetriu who later challenged me, I’m going to post a few thoughts on community. But first, let me explain what the #777 challenge is. Basically it’s a dare to post seven full lines of a current work in progress from page seven, seven lines down. ‎Read more here.

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A Room Of One’s Own

A Room Of One’s Own

Many of us owe the familiarity of this phrase and concept to Virginia Woolf who penned the famous essay entitled, A Room of One’s Own. Although Woolf’s essay focused on women in particular, how women must have money and a room in order to write, the concept also applies to any author’s need for creative space and freedom. Artist residencies offer just that – …. read more here.

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Complex Marriage in Fiction

Complex Marriage in Fiction

From the moment my husband and I announced our engagement—twenty-six years ago—I’ve heard just about all the marriage advice imaginable. “Marry your best friend.”“Marriage is work.”“Don’t go to bed angry.” Cliches without specifics didn’t resonate with me then, and now that my daughter is about to marry, I’m thinking long and hard about the pearls of wisdom I want to impart to her. Read more here.

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Did You Ever Have A Family

By Bill Clegg; Reviewed by Mary Vensel White
Did You Ever Have A Family“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” With this famous first line, Leo Tolstoy begins his classic novel Anna Karenina, a story about allegiances and relationships, social confines and aspirations, and the binds of family and home. These themes are also the purview in Bill Clegg’s wonderful debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, and his characters are no strangers to unhappiness in its many forms….

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Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling

By Lucy Frank; Reviewed by Carol Baldwin
Two Girls Staring at hte CeilingSometimes books title are difficult to come up with. But when I consider, Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling (PenguinRandom, 2014) I think, Lucy Frank, this title is perfect.

Written out of Frank’s own battle with Crohn’s disease, this novel-in-verse is simultaneously beautiful and earthy. The premise is simple and as alluded to by the title, focuses on two young women—as opposite in lifestyle, character, and background as you can imagine—who share …

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The Way to Stay in Destiny

By August Scattergood; Reviewed by Carol Baldwin

The Way to Stay in DestinyThe minute sixth-grader Theo Thomas gets off the bus and arrives in Destiny, Florida with his Uncle Raymond, I’m right there with him. The author, Augusta Scattergood uses great details to pull readers into the character and setting: Theo grabs his bags, baseball mitt and a tattered book, Everything You Want to Know About Baseball; the heat hits him like a slap in the face; diesel fumes whoosh around him; he encounters slithery gray stuff hanging from the trees; and no “old men in shorts and flip-flops” meet him and his uncle at the Marathon…

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Love Sick

By Autumn J. Bright; Reviewed by Carolyn Burns Bass

Love SickDebut author Autumn J. Bright’s Love Sick spins a gritty tale of one woman’s break from the dysfunction and lies of her past and toward a reinvention of herself as an independent woman capable of breaking the abusive generational habits that have bound her life. Toni Jones is a rising star in Charleston’s competitive radio scene. Her husband is a man on the move, ambitious, charismatic and passionate. He’s everything Toni could want in a husband, and more. He’s violent, possessive and a mean drunk. Toni’s family has never approved of Marvin, which makes Marvin resent Toni…

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Blue Birds

By Caroline Starr Rose; Reviewed by Carol Baldwin

Blue BirdsThis is the reason I love well-written historical fiction: It draws me into a place and time that I am barely familiar with, brushes me with information and imagery, and leaves me wanting to know more. Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose is such a book. Written from the points of view of Alis, the daughter of one of the first British colonists to land at Roanoke Island and Kimi, a Roanoke girl who has lost her father and uncle at the hands of the English, this novel-in-verse creates a plausible backstory of the Lost Colony. The alternating viewpoints are an excellent vehicle to show what it meant to the English and Indians…

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Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain; Reviewed by Billie Hinton

Circling the SunThese are the openings to two of my favorite books in the world, so Paula McLain’s Circling The Sun was on my list to read the moment I learned it existed. I was not disappointed. McLain deftly captures the ambiance of colonial Kenya and meticulously crafts Beryl Markham’s own voice. I was immediately drawn into this familiar world, a landscape and a story that has been previously painted so perfectly by Isak Dinesen and by Beryl Markham herself….

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The Mountain Story

The Mountain StoryLori Lansens is guest author in #LitChat on July 20, 2015. Follow #LitChat on Twitter or login directly to our dedicated channel at www.nurph.com/litchat.

By Lori Lansens; Reviewed by Mary Vensel White

On his eighteenth birthday, Wolf Truly boards the tram that takes tourists up the mountain overlooking Palm Springs. He loves the mountain…

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Wonder At the Edge of the World

By Nicole Helget; Reviewed by Carol Baldwin

Wonder At the Edge of the WorldI don’t usually think about historical fantasy as a genre until I read Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helget and was contemplating how I would review it. Then I realized I’ve read other books with both historical and magical elements; King Arthur and Percy Jackson and the Olympian series are two that come to mind. If this genre appeals to you, then you’ll want to read this book.
Set in Kansas right before the Civil War, this is the story of how a young girl, Hallelujah Wonder; and her best friend, Eustace, who is a slave…

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The Glass Kitchen

By Linda Francis Lee; Reviewed by Stefanie Kamerman

The Glass KitchenLinda Francis Lee, author of Emily and Einstein, brings forth another story of a New York Minute and second chances. The Glass Kitchen is a story about a native Texan in the Big Apple, dreaming of a better future while escaping the past. I found myself laughing out-loud numerous times while reading despite the initial serious tone the book set. The Glass Kitchen is hilariously charming and romantic. Portia Cuthart is licking her wounds from a very public divorce. Her charmed life as a politician’s wife …

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Inside the O’Briens

By Lisa Genova; Reviewed by Carolyn Burns Bass

Inside the O'BriensHuntington’s disease isn’t on the public radar like AIDS, cancer and heart disease. Aside from folk singer Woodie Guthrie, who died of the disease in 1967, Huntington’s has no celebrity tie-in, no sexy spokespersons, telethons or million dollar media campaigns to raise awareness and fund research. Until now. Inside the O’Briens, the new novel by Still Alice author Lisa Genova, promises to do for Huntington’s disease, what Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s. Huntington’s disease is a genetically transmitted, fatal neurodegenerative disease that strikes people in the prime…

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