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Original Essays | September 17, 2014

Merritt Tierce: IMG Has My Husband Read It?



My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
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    Merritt Tierce 9780385538077

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U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries) by Sue Grafton
U Is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone Mysteries)

Joan Bregger, January 17, 2010

Sue Grafton's smartly written Kinsey Millhone mystery, her 21st(!), is masterful. With deviations that resemble restauranteur Rosie's wiliness, the story traces the fallout of a young boy's fragmented memory of a possible child burial. A sidebar is further explication of the origin of Kinsey's prickly personality. This is the best Sue Grafton novel yet!
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A Tale of Love and Darkness. Amos Oz by Amos Oz
A Tale of Love and Darkness. Amos Oz

Joan Bregger, September 5, 2009

Oz's autobiographical account of growing up in Israel in the 1940s and 1950s and experiencing the founding of the state is richly detailed. His highly educated family's Eastern European roots and the tension between his parents foretell his mother's suicide when Oz was 12. I was deeply moved.
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The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
The Last Chinese Chef

Joan Bregger, June 22, 2008

A third fabulous book about present-day China by Nicole Mones! A widowed American food magazine writer travels to Beijing to interview an outstanding chef, who is competing in a prestigious cooking contest. The writer also needs to learn if her husband has a secret child. Schools of Chinese cookery, historic culinary techniques, and actual dishes are mouth-wateringly described. And the chef's delicate dance with the writer is enhanced by passages from his grandfather's book, "The last Chinese chef." Wonderful!
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This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes
This Book Will Save Your Life

Joan Bregger, February 14, 2008

The outward spiral of the life of wealthy, neurotic Richard Novak begins when he sees a hole developing in his yard and feels that he is dying of "pain." As the hole enlarges, his small circle widens to include a weepy housewife, a movie star neighbor, the Indian proprietor of a doughnut shop, a reclusive author, and Richard's own estranged son. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and poignant at the same time. I loved it!
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The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
The Emperor's Children

Joan Bregger, May 31, 2007

Dense, but clear, prose describes the angst of three thirtyish New Yorkers--Marina, the dilletante daughter of a pundit; Danielle, a documentary film producer; and Julius, a caustic film reviewer. All are casting about for more meaning--or better living conditions--and further complications appear by way of journalist Ludo, Marina's father Murray, and Marina's young, confused cousin, Frederick.
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