Author Archives: Denise D.

Spends lots of time in fictional worlds with characters she'd like to meet in the real world. True believer in the notion that reading makes us better people by letting us try on another's shoes for a moment.

‘Tis the Season for Quiet

by Denise D. Choosing Quiet Perhaps it’s wishful thinking. (I’m writing this while somebody drills on the wall near my head. The media I’m using to drown out the sound insists that it’s time to get out and shop– by any means necessary.) But, when December slips in on the heels of Thanksgiving gratitude and […]

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November and Caregiving

by Denise D. National Family Caregiver Month Happy National Family Caregiver Month! November is the time to recognize those who do the essential, but generally hidden and unpaid, work of caregiving for a family member or friend. Chances are, you know a caregiver. As Rosalynn Carter famously noted, ““There are only four kinds of people […]

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Looking Behind the Curtain, 30 Years Later

by Denise D. Secrecy Late summer finds me thinking about the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. It started with the HBO show Chernobyl which flung me back to April 1986, my friend, Chris, racing into my college dorm room to shout about a nuclear accident in the Soviet Union. Chris and I had bonded […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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Confessions of a Bookaholic: Summer Longhaul Travel Edition

by Denise D. Recently, I picked up a gem of a comic collection: Book Love by Debbie Tung. Much like Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, this book was page after page of, yep, that’s me. To a T. Whereas Quiet Girl is about the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert world, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers Moves On, Making Historical Fiction History

by Denise D. As April nears its end, it’s time to move our Historical Fiction month into the bin of history. But first, check out these lists that our fellow readers created!

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Beyond Bestsellers: Historical Fiction

by Denise D. Welcome back! Happy April, Readers! We hope you enjoyed the Prose Bowl hiatus and had fun voting for your favorite books of 2018. Now, it’s time to put away the ballots and get back to making lists for Beyond Bestsellers. Speaking of time, April’s theme is all about times past — historical fiction.

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If You Liked The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight) Trilogy

by Denise D. So, did you recently finish The Winter of the Witch and thus the entire Winternight Trilogy? Or are you still in the hold line? Are you looking for another historical fantasy featuring a strong, somewhat rebellious, young woman with otherworldly abilities who won’t settle for the oppression of magic? All set in a beautifully […]

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When an Instant Pot Moves In

by Denise D. What’s for dinner? Three simple words. So much angst. What is for dinner? In my fantasies, it’s something different, yummy, healthy, quick and sure to please my picky teens. More likely, dinner is familiar, boring, processed, of dubious nutritional benefit, and likely to launch dinner table scowls. Not to mention too much […]

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Calling all Cormoran Strike Fans

by Denise D.  Waiting for Lethal White? Are you checking your library account everyday to see how much longer until you can read or listen to Lethal White, the latest Cormoran Strike novel? Want something you can grab and read in the meantime? Then we just might have you covered with these suggestions. By now, […]

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