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‘Gone Girl’: From ‘chick lit’ to ‘chick noir’


Some books are so game-changing, they define, or even redefine, a genre.   Numerous authors have previously written about bad marriages that lead to disastrous results, but none come close to Gillian Flynn’s act of exposing the complicated couple Nick and Amy Dunne in the novel “Gone Girl” (Crown Books, New York, 2014, 555 pages). […]

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

The problem with Paulo Coelho’s ‘Adultery’


Because of his profoundly beautiful 1987 novel, “The Alchemist,” Brazilian author Paulo Coelho became a worldwide sensation, considered a wildly successful best-selling novelist as well as something of a life-changing guru who has sold more than 100 million books in over 100 countries.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The buzz about ‘The Bees’


Sometimes, a book comes out that’s so different and so unique that it becomes hard to describe in a way that doesn’t sound silly. This is the case with what appears to be the most unusual bestseller this year, “The Bees” by Laline Paull (Ecco, New York, 2014, 338 pages).

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Dennis Lehane gets ‘The Drop’ on readers


When it comes to making books that become good movies, nobody does it better than Dennis Lehane. Known for his haunting and gripping tales of crime in hardscrabble Boston, Lehane is the author of the novels “Gone, Baby, Gone” (1998), “Shutter Island” (2003) and the majestically sad “Mystic River” (2001), all of which have received the acclaimed major motion picture treatment.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fil-Briton Candy Gourlay’s ‘Shine’ is an excellent, unusual ghost story


“Monsters are in the eye of the beholder.” This is the powerful phrase that keeps rising up throughout Candy Gourlay’s new novel, “Shine” (Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, 2014, 232 pages), and it resonates with meaning for the fortunate reader who comes across it.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »