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The act of writing always creates something of value. When I'm reading, it is the various manifestations of that inherent and powerful value that I'm looking to capture and share with my fellow book lovers.  

 

 

From humble days as a bookseller in Colorado, I now live in NYC and work for one of the big publishing houses. I'm always reading a huge variety of books, but you're bound to find more reviews on titles that might not be on every bookstore's shelf quite yet! 

 

And I must also say that it is immensely important to support independent bookstores. Definitely consider shopping with your local bookshop if you don't already!  

If you're looking for one then check out the great store I used to work at:

oldfirehousebooks.com

Boyz 2 Menn (but the Mom is the best character by far)

The Kept: A Novel - James Scott

I picked up an ARC of this one at the last MPIBA Trade Show after everyone was buzzing around the Harper Collins table for it. The story follows a boy and his mother as they travel from their home to a rough New York town around the year 1900. Caleb and Elspeth are searching for killers, and this story really does morph from a tale of vengeance to a story about character. Caleb is faced with situations that no 12-year-old should be posed against, and although these are interesting passages, the true light in this novel is Elspeth's development. You can really feel the richness of her character as more pieces of her murky past actions are revealed throughout the novel. I would recommend this one to historical fiction readers, but I personally felt echoes from Louise Erdrich's latest, "The Round House." We again watch a boy thrust forward into an adulthood that is coming much too soon.