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House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home by Mark Richard
House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home

Madam Pince, April 5, 2011

While second-person narrative is difficult for most writers, Mark Richard's House of Prayer No. 2 is so compelling that the tale wouldn't sound right any other way. His memoir of being born with deformed hips in mid-50s rural Virginia is rich with description, reflection, resentment, astonishment and gratitude. From his long body-cast stays at Crippled Children's Hospital in Richmond to hauling nets on a fishing boat on the Outer Banks to an NYC writing workshop where he meets his future wife, he never stops searching for faith, for signs, for direction. It leads him back to where he began, the small southeastern Virginia town where, while financing a new church for his mother's congregation at House of Prayer No. 2, the deliverance Mark has sought is finally delivered, in all its marvelous glory.
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Where We Know: New Orleans as Home by David Rutledge
Where We Know: New Orleans as Home

Madam Pince, February 9, 2011

Second in a trilogy collecting the enormous loss inflicted by Katrina, Where We Know: New Orleans as Home compiles essays, short stories and historical documents in an effort to lay a foundation for the massive tragedy that transformed the City that Care Forgot into the City that America Forgot. Editor David Rutledge has categorized chapters into four sections: Home, Culture & History, Loss, and Home II. Virtually every neighborhood – Gentilly, Marigny, Baywater/Upper Ninth, the French Quarter, Touro, Holy Cross, Carrollton and Treme – is covered. And with historic and current maps bracketing the collection, even readers not familiar with the Big Easy can come to an understanding of just what was lost in August 2005.
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Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
Electric Barracuda

Madam Pince, February 7, 2011

Florida’s preeminent psycho trickster is up to more hilarious hijinks in Electric Barracuda, his thirteenth excursion across the Sunshine State. Not only is a full posse of federal agents trailing Serge and Coleman up and down Florida, but they’re saddled with a new partner, surprisingly dropped on them by the ever-malicious Molly. Not to mention Doberman, an idiotic motorcycle-mounted bounty hunter accompanied by busty chicks and a bus screeching Kiss tunes, and the venal lawyer Brad Meltzer (Tim Dorsey must have lost a bet to his fellow author), who’s trying to cheat the very clients – Serge’s grandfather and his pals – who trusted him with their Prohibition-era secret. And, of course, the ever-present Agent Mahoney, whose presence delivers a shocker Dorsey obviously saved for the magic number 13.
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The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

Madam Pince, January 1, 2011

Sports Illustrated writer Jim Gorant chronicles the life of the forty-plus dogs rescued from Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels, taking readers through their harrowing lives as fighting dogs to the loving rehabilitation -- and even therapy careers -- the pit bulls have found today. For those who favor forgiving Vick, read this book and reassess your opinion. I doubt it will be the same.
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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

Madam Pince, March 11, 2010

As a political junkie who followed the 2008 presidential race like Lost fanatics obsess over Oceanic Flight 815, this book was a must-read for me, especially after Heileman & Halperin revealed prepub tidbits about John & Elizabeth Edwards. I was absolutely fascinated by the revelations in this book -- Sarah Palin went catatonic during debate prep; both Bill & Hillary Clinton couldn't accept her losses; Barack Obama was confident to the point of recklessness, and John McCain seemed ambivalent about his second presidential run. The only complaint I have about this volume is that far more pages were devoted to the Democratic race than the Republican -- I'd have liked more detail on Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and wild card Joe Lieberman -- but even knowing how the overall story ended, I was on the edge till the very last page of this masterful political piece.
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