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By Brittany Burchett Helene Wecker’s first book, The Golem and the Jinni, became immensely popular upon its publication last year. I discovered it when it was listed under the “Recommended Reads” section in Oprah’s O magazine. This is hardly surprising, since the book makes such a great summer read. It shouldn’t be so difficult to [...]

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Book Review by Brittany Burchett It isn’t easy to find a Spanish novel that’s known around the world. The Shadow of the Wind, a 2001 novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is one of the best-selling books of all time, selling fifteen million copies globally. Critics have often described it as “Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto [...]

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Book Review by Kim Kankiewicz There is a sly moment in Kim Church’s debut novel, Byrd, when a minor character pans a poet for writing “a whole book about not having children.” The character, who works at a bookstore, resists shelving the book as fiction lest customers “think there’s a plot.” Church, herself a poet, [...]

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Review by Greg Petty Raleigh resident N. P. Simpson is no stranger to the military as her former husband was a Marine based at Camp Lejeune. During his tour there she wrote pieces for the base paper the Globe and also worked as a reporter for Jacksonville’s the Daily News. Consequently she is very familiar [...]

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Reviewed by Brittany Burchett I like literature. I dig into it and separate the pieces and then I put them together to find the larger picture and the bigger meaning. So it frustrates me when, at the end, the pieces in a story don’t make a picture but just a shapeless mass. And that’s what [...]