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Post Vacation Book Report

Post Vacation Book Report

It’s always inspiring at the end of summer vacation season to hear a friend rave about a book she read on the plane, on the beach or in the cabin. So we thought we’d share three novels that our Hometown Pasadena friends can’t stop talking about as summer draws to a close. Before everyone’s reading [...]

When Will There Be Good News?

When Will There Be Good News?

I’m a snob when it comes to good writing, so when it comes to crime fiction, I’m in the camp of PD James, not Steig Larsson. So stumbling upon Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? — a beautifully written novel that slowly reveals itself to be a mystery (and even part of a [...]

I Love You and…

I Love You and…

The dedication in I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, a memoir by Glendale-based writer Tracy McMillan, says most of it: “To my dad, who never let me go. And to my fourth husband — wherever you are.” But did we mention that McMillan’s charming, charismatic father was a pimp and a drug dealer who brought [...]

The Lacuna

The Lacuna

A “lacuna” is a hole, an empty place in a stone or bone — and a metaphor for The Lacuna‘s central character. Harrison Shepherd moves through Mexico and America in the first half of the 20th century, aching to be a part of a family, and a nation, but never quite fitting in.He’s too bookish for [...]

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

I am an oozing, drooling undead groupie for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I rushed out to buy Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest mashup, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The premise is deliciously dumb: In addition to his other accomplishments, Honest Abe is a hunter of vampires, who are depicted in “historic” photos throughout the book in [...]

Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Mother’s Day may have passed, but you can (and should) keep the spirit going by diving in to Cathleen Schine’s wonderful new novel, The Three Weissmans of Westport. Reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best, Schine is a deft writer who blends humor, social observation and a real understanding of humankind’s foibles and strengths into [...]

Game Change, Indeed!

Game Change, Indeed!

These two quotes really say it all about Game Change, the book that provides both a front-row seat and a back-hallway glimpse into the roller-coaster ride that was the 2008 presidential election. I could not put it down.

Gardens of Water: One Book, Many Discussions

Gardens of Water: One Book, Many Discussions

If you did not get a chance to read Pasadena’s One City One Story choice for 2010 in time for the events on March 14, it’s a good read any time: accessible, dramatic and fascinating. Gardens of Water takes place in a distant, lower-class suburb of Istanbul during the devastating Marmara earthquake of 1999. First-time [...]

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

The glass room is the centerpiece of a starkly modern “machine for living” house built by the equally modern Landauers, a young, progressive couple who marry in the heady days of the new democracy of Czechoslovakia. The sleek, striking building expresses their hopes and personalities and the drive to be “new.” But old forces are [...]

Follow Sierra Madre’s Lead — Read Zorro

Follow Sierra Madre’s Lead — Read Zorro

Sierra Madre just finished One Book One City, reading one of my all-time favorites: Zorro, by Isabel Allende. Zorro is among Allende’s lighter works (not much magical realism, but a healthy dose of feminism, and family-friendly on the love scenes). It’s a headlong but thoughtful re-imagining of our own California Robin Hood epic, starring the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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