Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner, the actor best known for his part as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has written a…thing. Don’t get me wrong, it is a totally enjoyable…thing. But it definitely defies categories. Perhaps “whackadoodle” would be the best word to describe it. Imagine if Spiner had …

Caroline Cox

“Street” fashion, the organic creation of style influenced by location, culture, politics, religion, social unrest and availability of materials, has always influenced “high” fashion. And vice versa. Author Cox makes an excellent attempt to cataloging and describing some of these various “strains” of fashion that have developed over …

Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist Bechdel’s The Secret to Superhuman Strength is the story of her life-long fascination with fitness and strength. Interwoven in this memoir are her experiences coming out, various obsessions with types of physical fitness, and her grinding anxiety over the need to perform and produce. Gripping, sometimes funny, …

Andria Lo & Valerie Luu

chinatown prettyFashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors

Anyone who is a fan of visiting Chinatown – be it Chicago, San Francisco, or New York – will recognize these elderly citizens. Always bundled to the nines, these are long-time residents of their own small cities …

Kirk Anderson

you might be from minnesota ifYou may be familiar with Anderson’s political cartoons from such notable publications at the NY Times, Washington Post, Forbes and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Now, Anderson has released his his coup de gras. This scrupulously researched anthropological masterpiece will tell you all you need to know when …

marlow murder clubRobert Thorogood

The most advanced policing usually needed in Marlow, England (a real town, now due for some major tourist traffic) is directing traffic around swans in the road. So when a string of murders occur, it grabs the attention of three residents. Using their own unique skills (and innate …

Anne Glenconner

Glenconner’s first fiction book is a fascinating blend of experience and fabrication. A real-life Baroness,  former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, and former owner of the Caribbean island Mustique, Glenconner sets her book on this very familiar location. With a clear-eyed look at the “haves” (the rich, famous socialites) …

Libby Cudmore

Codmore’s debut murder mystery is a Gen-X must read. The murder mystery plot is tight,  interesting, and fast-moving. However, it’s Cudmore’s characters and their conversations that truly make the book. Jett Bennett, an aspiring writer in New York, is looking for her tribe. Living in her grandma’s apartment …

Michael Farquhar

Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain

Imagine of People Magazine were to write a textbook of British royalty. This is pretty much it. Each short chapter is a speedy, breezy read about an English monarch. Starting with Henry VIII (yes, him) up …

Debra Bokur

fire thiefThe first in an excellent new series, Bokur hits all the right buttons. Her mystery is set on the island of Maui and revolves around Police Chief Walter Alaka’i and his niece, Detective Kali Māhoe. The plot is tight and fast moving – a surfer who dies mysteriously, …

Ari Seth Cohen

Style is timeless and ageless, as evidenced by this gorgeous and engrossing collection of fashion photos. Cohen’s models range from early 60s and on up. The clothing runs from wildly fashion-forward designs to timeless classics. There are perfect suits and curled mustaches, massive rings, wildly colored hair, …

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How I Helped The Rich Become Famous and Ruin the World
Ben Widdicombe

gatecrasherGossip columnist Widdicombe fell into his job by accident. As a newly immigrated Australian journalist in New York, he had no social connections to get him started. Writing about successful Australians in America, for Australian publications back …

Erle Stanley Gardner

the knife slippedAuthor Gardner is best known for his long-running Perry Mason series of books, tv shows and movies. But his lesser-known, but equally enjoyable, Cool and Lam series is definitely worth a read. The Knife Slipped is described as a “lost” book, but in reality it was more …