Game On! Games in Fiction

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Coming up on February 6 is the next 1st Saturdays: Careers In Focus: Gaming. On this first one of the year we'll be geeking out with professionals in the gaming industry, so get your gaming fill before then with some of these awesome gaming books. Graphic novels are a great place to start for gaming fiction […]

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Jessica Jones Readalikes

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Are you jonesing for more Jessica? Since its premiere on Netflix, Jessica Jones has been getting so much buzz. Not only is this new series part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's drawing many viewers who don't know the first thing about comic books. Jessica Jones is a female P.I. who drinks too much, keeps loved […]

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Die Laughing: California Mysteries

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Feeling cold? Want to laugh a little? Like mysteries? Have I got a deal for you! These mysteries are all set in balmy California and have at least a touch of humor to them. Curl up with these books on a midwinter's night. On the surface, Theophania Bogart has it together: she owns a body-care store […]

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Fencing Females

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You can look at most of my posts and deduce that I'm a big fan of historical novels and unconventional heroines. Some of the books I review are easier reads than others. In the spirit of the holidays, here are three books that are propulsive, fairly quick reads that ask, what if a woman acted more like a […]

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Underneath It All

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Not all stories have to be about grand, soaring adventure. Sometimes the little stories, the stories of ordinary wives and mothers, particularly of a certain age, are just as illuminating. So, without further ado, here are some picks for domestic fiction. Sima has a routine: open Sima's Undergarments for Women (also the title of Ilana Stanger-Ross' novel), […]

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Cheerful Ladies: Women Sleuths of the 1920s

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There are plenty of mysteries set in the 1920s and solved by women, of which Agatha Christie's Miss Marple is perhaps the most famous, but I've decided to focus on the humorous ones to celebrate a new addition to the field. Come Hell or Highball is the first of what promises to be a new series by Maia […]

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Darkness and Light: The Marriage of Opposites

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I always relish a new Alice Hoffman book, and I am not disappointed with The Marriage of Opposites; far from it. This is a story of people who defy convention to be their true selves. Rachel always wants her own way, and her father usually lets her have it, until he arranges for her to marry an older man to […]

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Holy Women, Batman! Women Religious in Historical Fiction

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Robyn Cadwallader is a new novelist, and The Anchoress is a delight. Sarah, a cloth merchant's daughter in 1255, is looking to escape the anguish of her sister's death and the predations of the local lord's son. This leads her to vows as anchoress, a holy woman contained in a nine-paces-by-five-paces cell, never to emerge. As […]

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Travel to Novel Places: Colonial Kenya

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Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, has a new novel: Circling the Sun.  It focuses on the early life of Beryl Markham, a horse trainer and one of the first female commercial pilots. Coming to what would become Kenya at a young age and abandoned by her mother, Beryl grows up wild on her father's […]

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

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I couldn't be more excited to see some of the cool aerial and water stunts at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show on August 15 and 16. To prepare for the show, check out these great flying and sailing books. After spending his life around diesel-powered Clanker machines, Austrian Prince Alek is suspicious of the […]

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