Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Transcriptionist IN PAPERBACK - January 20th!

The Transcriptionist
Amy Rowland
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (May 13, 2014)

Book Description:
 No one can find it. That’s the first thing. The Recording Room is on the eleventh floor, at the end of a rat-hued hallway that some workers at the newspaper have never seen; they give up on the ancient elevator, which makes only local stops with loud creaks of protest. Like New Yorkers who refuse to venture above Fourteenth Street, there are newspaper workers who refuse to go above the fourth floor for fear of being lost forever if they leave the well-lit newsroom for dark floors unknown.

In this room you’ll find Lena. She works as a transcriptionist for the Record, a behemoth New York City newspaper. There once were many transcriptionists at the Record, but new technology and the ease of communication has put most of them out of work, so now Lena sits alone in a room on the building’s eleventh floor, far away from the hum of the newsroom that is the heart of the paper. Still, it is an important job—vital, really—a vein that connects the organs of the paper, and Lena takes it very seriously.

And then one day she encounters something that shatters the reverie that has become her life—an article in the paper about a woman mauled to death by lions in the city zoo. The woman was blind and remains unidentified, but there is a picture, and Lena recognizes her as someone whom a few days before she had met and talked to briefly while riding home on a midtown bus.

Obsessed with understanding what caused the woman to climb into the lion’s den, Lena begins a campaign for truth that will ultimately destroy the Record’s complacency and shake the venerable institution to its very foundation. In the process she finds a new set of truths that gives her the strength to shed what she describes as her “secondhand life” and to embrace a future filled with promise, maybe even adventure.

An exquisite novel that asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, about the decline of the newspaper and the failure of language, The Transcriptionist is also the story of a woman’s effort to establish a place for herself in an increasingly alien and alienating world.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Global Predator

Idgie Says:
This book looks very interesting for readers who enjoy the political terrorist type novel.  From Jack's biography, I would have to believe that the author knows what he's talking about and that some of the actions in this book might be close enough to real to be very scary. 

Perhaps there is a little romance in there too!


By Jack MacLean
Legend Publishing
September 19, 2014
High above the mountains surrounding the beautiful Swat Valley in Pakistan a Global Predator drone circles, waiting to unleash its Hellfire missiles. In GLOBAL PREDATOR  the National Security Agency pursues the trail of Osama Bin Laden’s deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. When a recording reveals new clues about al-Zawahiri’s plans, the NSA’s hunt for the international criminal escalates. A special intelligence team, led by Faiza Azhad an agent on a personal vendetta, plots to catch him at a meeting of high-ranking al Qaeda leaders.     
Meanwhile, the local Taliban have been stepping up their attacks on anyone who dares to educate women. The situation is growing desperate; foreign aid organizations have closed their doors to the Pakistanis. All except English aid worker Sally Hodges. Despite the constant threat of the Taliban, Sally remains in Pakistan determined to build schools to help young women achieve an education. All she lacks is capital, which is why she’s agreed to a gift from her old flame Wilkins—a man hiding his own dark reason for being in Pakistan. When Sally is taken hostage at her school, Wilkins has an opportunity to redeem himself—if only he can escape from his own Taliban captors.
As Faiza continues to hunt al-Zawahiri, the clock is counting down to the terrorist rocket attack. Can the Taliban be stopped? GLOBAL PREDATOR is an adrenaline-fueled race through the mountains of Pakistan to a shattering conclusion. 
JACK MACLEAN is the pen name of a prize-winning former foreign correspondent for a British newspaper with firsthand experience of Asia. He is the author of eight non-fiction works.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Heart Does Not Grow Back

The Heart Does Not Grow BackMacmillan Publishers
December, 2014

Idgie Says:
This started out, to me, as a storyline not often told with an interesting twist to a man becoming a superhero.  Yet it quickly morphed into a very dour, and at times excessively violent, story.    Dale Simpson really isn't much of anything in life, nor is his best friend.  They go after women who are perhaps not the brightest stars in the sky. Women who apparently go after violent men.  Their lives start at middle ground and go down from there.  

The superhero aspect of the story is an odd one.  Dale might act like he's trying to help people, but really he's just taking a very odd circumstance and using it to make money to support himself.  A job seems easier to me. Not a happy book.  Not a book where you root for the characters.  

BUT... it is a very different type of novel than mainstream that contains well written passages and a story line that does not bore. 



Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise? The Heart Does Not Grow Back is a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale, introducing an exceptional new literary voice in Fred Venturini.

Excerpt HERE.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Current Reads

I am sure that most of ya'll have noticed my usual every other day book reviews have been missing lately, but it is the holiday season and reading time is slim.  So there have been more shout outs instead of reviews, and even that has been reduced.  I am sure after the festivites are done we will be back on track though.

In the meantime, here's my current reading stack.......if I can just find time to read!!