Leaving Time: A Family Mystery with Elephants

I read many, many books over the course of a year—usually more than 100.  Most are enjoyable on some level; some are a waste of time; and a precious handful are the ones I recommend to customers at the bookstore where I work, give as gifts, and put on my forever favorites list.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult […]

On Genre

So I’m writing a book. Rather, I wrote a book. A novel. Years ago – when it had emerged from the hatchery but was still weak and blind and needed basically everything from me – I bashfully called it a “project.” After a few months of nurturing it, I told a few family members about […]

Freshly Baked Books: The Empire of Night

Journalist and spy extraordinaire Kit Cobb is at it again in Robert Olen Butler’s latest novel, The Empire of Night.  Recently published by The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, the thriller shows Christopher Marlowe Cobb and his mother, renowned stage actress Isabel Cobb, joining forces to help England find out who is behind […]