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Shoes: Instant Expert by Linda O’Keeffe

Do women know shoes? This question appears heretical at face value but it isn’t; it is a given that women love shoes but do they really know them? As a generality men know that women love shoes: looking at the faces of boyfriends and husbands waiting (im)patiently on their girlfriends and spouses as the try on their 15th pair during an afternoon of shopping is testament to the love affair that women have with shoes but arguably they know less about footwear than they think they do. Shoes: Instant Expert by Linda O’Keeffe remedies that within its tightly bound 142 pages; the hardcover fits into palm of your hands and will deliver on its promise to make you an expert almost instantly.

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The Accident by Chris Pavone

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling and Edgar Award-winning The Expats, comes a new tale that’s set in the backdrop of the publishing industry. The Accident revolves around the lives of several characters. There’s a literary agent who’s just read a mysterious, anonymous script that reveals the true-life events of a powerful person. Then there’s the author himself, stationed in Zurich, hiding in a shadowy expat life.
In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray is determined to let this sweeping story be buried. Then, there’s Jeff Fielder, an editor who the literary agent, Isabel Reed, hands the manuscript to and asks that he keep it top secret. But, in an office where everyone is trying to climb up the corporate ladder, there are deceptions and the manuscript doesn’t stay in its singular form.
There is no shortage of characters in Chris Pavone’s The Accident, which makes the story interesting but also thins out the possibility of stronger characters. Each chapter is …

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

When Emma Donoghue wrote a book about Jack, a five-year-old who lives in a single room with his Ma and has never been outside, readers marveled at this brilliant story – soon to become a motion picture. Room, the international bestseller, sold over a million copies, and won a ton of awards including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction for the best Canadian novel. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the New York Times names it one of their six best fiction titles of 2010.
Now, Emma Donoghue returns with Frog Music, a story set in 1876 San Francisco, amid a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic that have engulfed the city. With this daringly different story from her original novel, Emma Donoghue will definitely not be typecast into a particular genre.
Here’s the book trailer for Frog Music.

The trailer suggests that it is a story about a solving a murder; but as I read the book, I discovered that the murder is only a small fraction of the entire book. To me, it’s more a…

When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

Living in the White House may seem like a dream come true to many, but not for thirteen-year-old First Daughter Audrey Rhodes. Not only does she finds it quite difficult to fit in her new school (being the new girl and looking like the odd one out with the Secret Service following her everywhere she goes), but she’s just learnt that the movie screening party she planned for all her classmates has been cancelled due to a security breach.
Do you know how difficult it is to get pizza delivered to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? 
Audrey’s pulled all the punches to plan the perfect party, right down to the menu. Now, none of her classmates will be talking about the cool new movie she was going to screen in advance of its release, exclusively for them.
What good is having a bowling alley if you don’t have anyone to bowl with?
Just when Audrey thinks that all is lost, she discovers something that will change her life – the hidden diary of Alice Roosevelt. The former First Daughter shares her innermo…

The Oakdale Dinner Club by Kim Moritsugu

Rarely does a novel come along that combines juicy gossip, jealousy, revenge, cheating, and even telepathy, with a delicious recipe for fun. In her quest to tell a satisfying story with a diversion – comfort food for the mind – Kim Moritsugu has indeed succeeded.
As Mary Ann is lounging around the pool of the Oakdale Country club on the last day of summer, reminiscing of a life she was fated to and a body she wished she had, she makes a decision that will change her life. Well two decisions really. One, that she’s going to start a dinner club, and two, she’s going to have an affair (perfectly “acceptable” since her own husband cheated on her). Actually, the idea is really to kill two birds with the same stone.
The invitees to the dinner club include three men she has earmarked as potential lovers, her best friend Alice, her mom, and a couple of other random members that she identified as foodies who could cook.
With a few hiccups getting it started, when Mary Ann realizes that her plan…

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Personally, The Enchanted is unlike any other story I have ever read. The cover of the novel is enthralling: Three golden horses gallop freely out of what seems like prison bars. But as the author sheepishly pointed out during the launch of her novel in Toronto, "This is not a story about horses."
It is also not a story of magical places (well, not the Enid Blyton kind of magical world that if you are like me imagines). Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted is a story of something much darker: Death row.
The narrator is someone on death row. We don’t know his name, or a lot about his back-story. He is more of an observer and he paints for us a somewhat magical world of life inside the prison walls of the dark dungeons. His beautiful prose about the horrid circumstances is a credit to author’s view on the world – that amidst all the darkness and despair, hope prevails.

“This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it but I do.”“The most wonderful enchanted things happen here - the mo…