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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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The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries) by Julie Orringer
The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries)

M Daly, October 22, 2014

This is really two stories. The first is the story of a young man studying architecture in 1930s France, and falling in love. The second is what happens when this young man, who is a Hungarian Jew, is forced to return to Hungary during WWII. Julie Orringer manages to weave two mesmerizing stories.
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Lockwood & Co. #01: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Lockwood & Co. #01: The Screaming Staircase

M Daly, March 19, 2014

In a world where only children can see or hear ghosts, but where these ghosts are malevolent beings with the power to kill with a touch, companies form using these gifted children to track and contain said ghosts. When Lucy loses her job with a well-established ghost hunting firm, she joins forces with Anthony Lockwood and becomes one of three employees. Things get off to a rocky start and continuing getting interesting until the final page. I was drawn in by the plucky characters and the suspense. I'm looking forward to more in this series.
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The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense by Laurie R. King
The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense

M Daly, March 13, 2014

This gritty mystery takes the reader into the heart of the dark side of Paris in the late 1920s. When an American girl disappears in Paris, her parents hire Harris Stuyvesant to investigate. In his search, he crosses paths with some very shady characters, some real (Man Ray) and some fictional (Didi Moreau). It may be too dark for some, however, I enjoyed recognizing people and places. Be warned, though the cover doesn't indicate it, this is a sequel to Touchstone.
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage) by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)

M Daly, March 13, 2014

When Cheryl Strayed's mother died, she was left without an anchor. To regain a sense of purpose and battle some demons, she decided to hike the entire Pacific Coast Trail from San Diego to The Bridge of the Gods in Oregon. Never having backpacked before, she went to REI, bought a lot of gear and set off, without even taking a practice trip. Her journey is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes scary, and sometimes hilarious. While the book did not make me want to lace up my boots and head down the trail, I did enjoy reading about her travels.
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland

M Daly, February 22, 2014

Jumpa Lahiri excels at illustrating the conflicts between traditional parents and the children they bring up in a change world. In The Lowland, she tells the story of two brothers born in India in the 1950s. One comes to the US while the other stays in an India in the midst of civil unrest. While they make vastly different choices, they both rebel against the traditional lives their parents' had planned for them. Lahiri creates very believable characters with whom you will sympathize even while you are wishing they would act differently.
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