A romance book recommendation: Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger (The Christmas Swap) by Amy Andrews

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2eE7fcv.
I didn’t feel things were rushed which can sometimes be an issue with these shorter Medical line stories. The word count might be compact but this book packs a lot of punch.
Book description from Google Books:
When that guy on the train turns out to be your boss! Nurse Felicity Mitchell’s train journey of a lifetime is even more unforgettable when she meets Callum Hollingsworth. Neither is looking for temptation, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing one hot, wild night! Except when they disembark, they learn that what happened on the train won’t stay on the train. Because the gorgeous stranger is Flick’s new boss…and it’s increasingly difficult to keep their chemistry under control and leave it at just one night!
The book is rated 3.85/5 at goodreads.com, from 20 ratings. See 9 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dJyMvL.
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A technology book recommendation: #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

A critic review (source Forbes) can be read at: http://bit.ly/228nFvi.
…if a good kick in the ass, from an innovative entrepreneur, who’s hustling what he’s been preaching for ten years, is what you’re looking for. You’re gonna love it.
Book description from Google Books:
The New York Times bestselling author draws from his popular show #AskGaryVee to offer surprising, often outrageous, and imminently useful and honest answers to everything you’ve ever wanted to know—and more—about navigating the new world.Gary Vaynerchuk—the inspiring and unconventional entrepreneur who introduced us to the concept of crush it—knows how to get things done, have fun, and be massively successful. A marketing and business genius, Gary had the foresight to go beyond traditional methods and use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to reach an untapped audience that continues to grow.#AskGaryVee showcases the most useful and interesting questions Gary has addressed on his popular show. Distilling and expanding on the podcast’s most urgent and evergreen themes, Gary presents practical, timely, and timeless advice on marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, and everything else you’ve been afraid to ask but are dying to know. Gary gives you the insights and information you need on everything from effectively using Twitter to launching a small business, hiring superstars to creating a personal brand, launching products effectively to staying healthy—and even buying wine.Whether you’re planning to start your own company, working in digital media, or have landed your first job in a traditional company, #AskGaryVee is your essential guide to making things happen in a big way.
The book is rated 4.28/5 at goodreads.com, from 1490 ratings. See 185 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/228nErs.
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A bio-memoir book recommendation: The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon

A critic review (source The Economist) can be read at: http://econ.st/2mW8ol0.
Reading this book, it seems clear that more readers and biographers should devote their time to this complex, intelligent and thoroughly un-boring woman.
Book description from Google Books:
Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and Observer Angela Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century. Her work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastic and the absurd, and its extraordinary inventiveness and range. Her life was as modern and as unconventional as anything in her fiction. Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne in 1940, her story spans the latter half of the twentieth century. After escaping an oppressive childhood and a difficult early marriage, the success of her first novels enable the freedoms of travel – journeying across America in a Greyhound bus, and then on to Tokyo, where she lived for three transformative years – before settling in London to write her last, great novels, amid the joys of late motherhood and prestigious teaching posts abroad. By the time of her tragic and untimely death at the age of fifty-one, she was firmly established as an iconoclastic writer whose fearlessly original work had reinvigorated the literary landscape and inspired a new generation. This is the story of how Angela Carter invented herself – as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer – and how she came to write such seductive works as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus and Wise Children. Edmund Gordon has followed in Carter’s footsteps to uncover a life rich in incident and adventure. With unrestricted access to her manuscripts, letters and journals, and informed by dozens of interviews with her friends and family, this major biography offers a definitive portrait of one of our most dazzling writers.
The book is rated 4.16/5 at goodreads.com, from 128 ratings. See 28 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2mW8Uzo.
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A politics book recommendation: The Lost Order: A Novel (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry

A critic review (source Washington Times) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2s0Nbvr.
Berry’s fans will love his latest endeavor as he brings more detail into Malone’s past and how he came to be known as Cotton. The villains are a bit over the top, and their ultimate goal is somewhat confusing, but it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
Book description from Google Books:
The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it. Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life. From the backrooms of the Smithsonian to the deepest woods in rural Arkansas, and finally up into the rugged mountains of northern New Mexico, The Lost Order by Steve Berry is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.
The book is rated 4.15/5 at goodreads.com, from 2481 ratings. See 311 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2s0PHSv.
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A self-help book recommendation: Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness by Joe Moran

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2fr3Z9b.
The result is not only a guide (and the breadth of Moran’s reading is astonishing). It’s a feat of empathy. Every page radiates understanding; every paragraph, its (shy) author’s gentle wit.
Book description from Google Books:
Our success as a species is built on sociability, so shyness in humans should be an anomaly. But it’s actually remarkably common – we all know what it’s like to cringe in embarrassment, stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group, or flush with humiliation if we suddenly become the unwelcome centre of attention. In Shrinking Violets, Joe Moran explores the hidden world of shyness, providing insights on everything from timidity in lemon sharks to the role of texting in Finnish love affairs. As he seeks answers to the questions that shyness poses – Why are we shy? Can we overcome it? Does it define us? – he uncovers the fascinating stories of the men and women who were ‘of the violet persuasion’, from Charles Darwin to Agatha Christie, and from Tove Jansson to Nick Drake. In their stories – often both heart-breaking and inspiring – and through the myriad ways scientists and thinkers have tried to explain and cure shyness, Moran finds a hopeful conclusion. To be shy, he decides, is not simply a burden – it is also a gift, a different way of seeing the world that can be both enriching and inspiring.
The book is rated 3.98/5 at goodreads.com, from 105 ratings. See 19 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dYnvVj.
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A children book recommendation: The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2azzdHm.
Enjoyable as an atmospheric tale of crime and punishment from a distant era written in lucid, limber prose, “The Wicked Boy” also implicitly raises questions that remain with us today.
Book description from Google Books:
From the internationally bestselling author, a deeply researched and atmospheric murder mystery of late Victorian-era London In the summer of 1895, Robert Coombes (age 13) and his brother Nattie (age 12) were seen spending lavishly around the docklands of East London — for ten days in July, they ate out at coffee houses and took trips to the seaside and the theater. The boys told neighbors they had been left home alone while their mother visited family in Liverpool, but their aunt was suspicious. When she eventually she forced the brothers to open the house to her, she found the badly decomposed body of their mother in a bedroom upstairs. Robert and Nattie were arrested for matricide and sent for trial at the Old Bailey.  Robert confessed to having stabbed his mother, but his lawyers argued that he was insane. Nattie struck a plea and gave evidence against his brother. The court heard testimony about Robert’s severe headaches, his fascination with violent criminals and his passion for ‘penny dreadfuls’, the pulp fiction of the day. He seemed to feel no remorse for what he had done, and neither the prosecution nor the defense could find a motive for the murder. The judge sentenced the thirteen-year-old to detention in Broadmoor, the most infamous criminal lunatic asylum in the land. Yet Broadmoor turned out to be the beginning of a new life for Robert–one that would have profoundly shocked anyone who thought they understood the Wicked Boy. At a time of great tumult and uncertainty, Robert Coombes’s case crystallized contemporary anxieties about the education of the working classes, the dangers of pulp fiction, and evolving theories of criminality, childhood, and insanity. With riveting detail and rich atmosphere, Kate Summerscale recreates this terrible crime and its aftermath, uncovering an extraordinary story of man’s capacity to overcome the past.
The book is rated 3.49/5 at goodreads.com, from 2429 ratings. See 517 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2aywv1G.
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A children book recommendation: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2eNslFu.
Brooklyn-based author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel evokes the styles of painters as diverse as Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau and Seurat to create a picture book that stimulates the imagination and shows how art and perception are both influenced by emotion.
Book description from Google Books:
A 2017 Caldecott Honor BookA New York Times bestseller★”An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review”Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel’s book feels like a game changer.” —The Huffington PostThe cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?
The book is rated 3.98/5 at goodreads.com, from 6038 ratings. See 675 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2eNoato.
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