Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us
Matt Fitzgerald
April 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

I really liked this debunking of diet fads.  The author cites his sources for the scientific debunking and offers level-headed info about how people really lose weight.  

The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson
April 21, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

Many readers have  heard of John Green the teen author with several titles to his credit and an upcoming movie based  on his novel, The Fault in our Stars.  But what if you have read all of John Green and trying to find something else? Try Maureen Johnson. Her work is not exactly like Green's but engrossing reads.  I picked this book up as I was intrigued by the main character, Rory who is from Louisiana but spends a year in a private British school in London. She also happens to begin school just as a Jack the Ripper killing spree begins.  Mystery, foreign locale and a smart narrator make for a great read!

Saints of the Shadow Bible
Ian Rankin
April 15, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

There is a lot of talk about all of the Scandinavian crime thrillers after the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and more.  But dark crime novels from Scotland were there first and no better practioner in the field than Ian Rankin.  If you haven't read his Rebus series, do yourself a favor.  This one is number nineteen in a long, well written series that follows John Rebus and his partner Siobhan Clark.  

What Makes this Book So Great
Jo Walton
April 9, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

This is a fun book to dip in and out of to read Walton's essays.  Walton wrote a blog for TOR publishing about rereading favorite science fiction and fantasy books.  This compilation of the blog is a great way to find new reads or revisit old faves.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett
April 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

I believe that I have read everything Ann Patchett has written. While I haven't loved everything, I do count her as one of my favorite authors.  This is a collection of essays that she has written over the last sixteen years or so. Not all of them are about marriage but usually about relationships in some form.  Her style is open, conversational and I am always excited to see new work by her.