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An artist/writer, I have traveled the world, walked on the moon and learned the complicated language of humanity, the enormity of the universe... all through the written word. My first passport was a library card, but I clearly remember the pungent scent of ink on the pristine pages of my own new book, read under the covers with a flashlight, … more

The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess
Pity the fate of the plain woman in the Restoration Court of Charles II. Fortunately for Katherine Sedley, only child of a wealthy family, such worries are premature. Attended by "Romish" priests, Katherine's …
reviewed Getting to Happy. September 07, 2010
Getting to Happy
Revisiting the ladies from Waiting to Exhale after fifteen years, McMillan explores the necessity of turning lemons into lemonade. Much has changed in the lives of the four Phoenix friends, Robin, Savannah, …
The Rebellion of Jane Clarke: A Novel
Gunning captures the rebellious and chaotic days prior to the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution, Boston seething with political activism against British occupation, the battle lines between …
reviewed The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux .... September 01, 2010
The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Burke has an uncanny ability to expose the failures of society, his Detective Dave Robicheaux novels set in Iberia Parish,, Louisiana, and neighboring places, where the old world still battles with the …
reviewed The Holy Thief: A Novel. September 01, 2010
The Holy Thief: A Novel
Ryan's novel is set in Moscow 1936, where Captain Alexei Korolev, a veteran of the Revolution and member of the Moscow Militia's Criminal Investigation Unit is assigned the case of a murdered and mutilated …
Every Day Is Mother's Day
Mantel's unusual tale is intriguing, a contrast between the seemingly normal lives of neighbors on a quiet street, most unaware that an odd mother and daughter exist in quite another world, one where …
reviewed Vacant Possession. August 31, 2010
Vacant Possession
In 1980s England, it is ten years after the shocking denouement in Every Day is Mother's Day, the characters having moved on with their lives. (While it isn't necessary to read the prior novel, it adds …
reviewed Wolf Hall: A Novel. August 31, 2010
Wolf Hall: A Novel
In her latest novel, Mantel has captured the spirit of the rebellion against the Church and a pope who will not bow to pressure and annul the marriage of Henry VII and Katherine of Aragon. It is only …
reviewed Juliet. August 24, 2010
This novel takes a bold new look at the tale of Romeo and Juliet, the most familiar version of which is Shakespeare's tragedy. Although Shakespeare set his drama in Verona, Fortier stages her tale in …
reviewed The Blasphemer: A Novel. August 17, 2010
The Blasphemer: A Novel
Farndale's novel begins innocently enough with a trip to the Galapagos Islands, as Zoologist David Kennedy and Nancy, the mother of his daughter, face a horrifying scenario as their plane crashes into …
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September 21, 2010
Hey Luan, so glad to see you back on Lunch, and thank you for sharing these reviews! As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or feedback (though I see @AerinBlue and @Adrianna are already on your rolodex!). I'll see you around the site :)
July 26, 2009
Hi Devora. I'm not sure how the New York Times Bestseller tag works...
July 27, 2009
If you read NYT bestseller books, the tag makes it easier to go down the list and rate the books, as well as read reviews for them. You might even discover a book you want to read. Hope that helps!
July 20, 2009
Whoa, Luan, I noticed that you've Lunched up a storm about books today!  I can see how your first passport would be a library card :)  I just stopped by to let you know about the new New York Times Bestsellers tag since you're such an avid reader.  The new tag makes it easier for you to rate and discover new New York Times bestsellers books, as well as read and write reviews on them, and it will be updated weekly!
March 20, 2009
Thanks. I really appreciate your comments. As you can tell, I love reading and hope you enjoy the titles that look interesting!
March 20, 2009
Hi Luan - I love your book reviews you have reviewed at lest 3 books that I can't wait to go out and purchase- enjoy your insight!
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