Thursday, December 15, 2016

Author du Jour: Larry Atkins, "Skewed" ‎

Skewed: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Media Bias,” by Larry Atkins 

(Prometheus Books, pp 280, $24.00)

I am not sure how many people have read this book so far . . . But given what we now know about the Presidential elections fiasco, meant here as the shocking Trump’s victory, “Skewed,” should ...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Author du Jour: Chris Pavone, "The Travelers" ‎

The Travelers,” by Chris Pavone

(Crown Publishers pp 437, $ 27.00)

If you have read Chris Pavone’s previous novels “The Expats” and “The Accident,” you know that you will travel abroad, extensively. “The Travelers” will not disappoint you. I suspect one day . . .

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Book Reviews: Resident Magazine December 2016

Resident Magazine December 2016

Read book reviews by Frederic Colier online. Feature article is about
Ian Mellencamp (nephew of John M).

Only in the Resident Magazine.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Author du Jour: Malin Persson Giolito

(trans. Rachel Willson-Broyles, Other Press, pp 432, $26.95)

Kudos to Other Press for publishing this Nordic wonder. “Quick Sand” has been bestsellers in more than 20 countries, mainly the old continent, and it was shocking to see that no US publisher would rush to snatch up the US rights. “Quick Sand” is Persson Giolito fourth crime novel, and it takes its cue from a mass killing, such as the one in Norway in 2011 . . . Its main protagonist, the 18-year old, Maja Norberg, is a popular student who survives a school rampage. Set as a flashback, prior to the gory event, the plot trails Maja’s past to find out whether she participated in the mass murdering. She has been accused, being the only one to survive, and waits in jail for her trial.

This alone would not have been enough to get this book included in this month column. But Persson Giolito’s craft takes us on a psychological ride, where perhaps the narrator of the story is not as reliable as first thought. She met a questionable character, Sebastian Fagerman, prior to the massacre. Little by little, we can hear the cogs of her internal life flicker with strange sounds. As she is swept off her feet, alienating everyone in her immediate circle, we ponder if her outcries are not simply screams for help . . . that everyone missed.