Author: Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen

“Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen c.2017, 37 Ink / Atria $26.00 / $32.00 Canada 375 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER It struck in a second. If you’d have blinked, you would have missed the flash but you’d’ve known it was there by the rumble that followed. There’s nothing like the power and beauty of a summer thunderstorm to put respect into you – except, as in the new novel “Lightning Men” by Thomas Mullen, maybe the crack of a gun. Even from the front of the truck, Officers Lucian Boggs and Tommy Smith could see that this was...

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“The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman

“The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman c.2017, Simon & Schuster $27.99 / $36.99 Canada 367 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Once upon a time, your heart was broken. It was ripped out of your chest, stomped flat, shattered into a thousand pieces. Romance, you decided then, was something you didn’t want anyway. Love is for dreamers and optimists. Love, you were sure, is for suckers. Or, as in the new book “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman, love is cursed. Despite that their parents enjoyed a relatively happy marriage, the Owens siblings had always known that they...

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“Strange Weather” by Joe Hill

“Strange Weather” by Joe Hill c.2017, Wm. Morrow $27.99 / $34.99  Canada 433 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Sometimes, you just need a little fresh air. A gasp of ice on a sub-zero night. A whiff of sunshine and hot concrete. The smell of fallen leaves and crisp bonfires. Each inhalation reminds you of the season, so with the new book “Strange Weather” by Joe Hill, breathe deep. You’re about to scream. Michael Figlione had known Mrs. Beukes for most of his life. She’d always lived just down the block and was his family’s housekeeper once but by that summer...

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“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs c.2017, Simon & Schuster $27.00 / $36.00 Canada 338 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The woman in the cubicle next to yours is a real piece of work. No tidbit is too small for gossiping. Unsolicited advice is her expertise, and she seems to think complaints are in her job description. Ugh, she’s so hard to work with but be aware. As you’ll see in the new book “It’s All Relative” by A.J. Jacobs, she’s probably related to you. And so is everyone else, says...

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“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann

“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann c.2017, Atria $26.00 / $35.00  Canada 378 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Alakazam. Watch closely and see before – poof! – the hidden object is gone. Abracadabra, it reappears right in front of you. You know it’s all an illusion. The hand really is quicker than the eye but, as in the new novel “The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann, the spell may take several decades. Max Cohn’s best friend, Joey, knew all about the problem. He’d been through his own parents’ divorce and so Joey told Max how things would go down at home. Sadly,...

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