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How I Live Now

What an odd, unsettling little book How I Live Now is. Should I be surprised that this received the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult fiction? It seems all of the YA award winners these days are for stories that push the envelope. And this one does. It really does. Daisy h ...

A
Tatiana and Alexander

What to say, what to say? I've been waiting to read Tatiana and Alexander since September 23, 2001 at 4:35 PM, give or take a few minutes. That's when I finished Simon's wonderful, heartbreaking epic story The Bronze Horseman. If you've read that book, you'll know why I immediately needed to get my ...

A
Tatiana and Alexander

One can argue that this is but one of a million love stories ever written. A tall, brave soldier and a diminutive blonde nurse; the heartbreak and terror of World War II; sex, partings and reunions, deaths. And yet to say that Tatiana and Alexander is a love story is like saying that Niagara is a wa ...

B+
Close Encounters

If you've seen or read any national news in the last year, you've probably heard of at least one incident where an African-American was injured or killed by white police officers, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sadly, it happens all too frequently. Sandra Kitt centers ...

D
Woven Dreams

In too many historical romances, the authors take great pains to get the period details correct. However, they often forget to have their characters act in period as well. The clothing may be described accurately, actual events may be incorporated into the plot, but the people in the story are nothi ...

A
Milk in My Coffee

Signet lists Eric Jerome Dickey's book on its spine as fiction but I think that may be because the writer is an African American male and no one expects such a person to be writing romance novels. However, this novel meets every test for the romance genre ever concocted. Dickey writes about emotions ...

F
The Brightest Flame

Despite promising sparks early in the book, The Brightest Flame fails to live up to its name, ending with more fizzle and smoke than fire. Lively but shallow characters with questionable ethics, writing that glows lavender, and an implausible plot filled with invented conflicts left me burned out lo ...

A
Again

Again was the first book I read by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. It was the winner of the RITA award for best Contemporary Single Title for 1995. I enjoyed it so much that I bought her entire backlist. Again combines a wonderfully humorous concept with a poignant love story. I laughed quite a bit at the a ...

A
The Color of Love

Could there be a more controversial topic to write about in a romance novel than this interracial romance between a white cop, Jason Horn, and an African American graphic designer, Leah Downey, who live and work in and around New York City? I doubt it but if you want to read it as written by a maste ...