Carey Baldwin’s Dark Marriage Secret

Today I’m reviewing Carey Baldwin’s newest book, The Marriage Secret. But first, here is the back of book blurb: A completely unputdownable and twist-filled psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin. He married me despite my darkest secret. But am I safe now that I know his? From the outside, my marriage to Zach was perfect: dream home, a perfect baby girl and … Continue reading Carey Baldwin’s Dark Marriage Secret

Hail To The King: Salem’s Lot

by Darryl Keeping Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town. While Carrie had some frightening moments, it focused mostly on the struggle of … Continue reading Hail To The King: Salem’s Lot

Sexy Movies, Sexy Men, and Sexy Writing: Three Days of the Condor, Robert Redford, and James Grady

Today we’re priviledged to have with us legendary James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor which became the iconic Robert Redford movie, Three Days of the Condor.  James has won literary prizes around the globe, including France’s Grand Prix Continue reading Sexy Movies, Sexy Men, and Sexy Writing: Three Days of the Condor, Robert Redford, and James Grady

“Falling” Takes The Reader On a Wild Ride

By Darryl Keeping In her debut novel, T.J. Newman takes the reader on a wild ride through the not-so-friendly skies with all the white knuckle suspense and pulse pounding action you could ever want in a summer read. Newman’s own story reads like something out of a novel. She had aspirations to be an actor, graduating from a musical theater program and moving to New … Continue reading “Falling” Takes The Reader On a Wild Ride

The China Study: Corporate Coverups, 1st Amendment Violations, and Academic Corruption

by John Paul Schnabel Thomas Colin Campbell’s masterpiece, The China Study, will change the way you think of dieting. From humble beginnings on a dairy farm, Campbell was taught as a child the importance of consuming milk and eating your animal protein to be a strong and healthy person. Exploring these benefits led him into the world of academia. However, to his dismay, Campbell discovered … Continue reading The China Study: Corporate Coverups, 1st Amendment Violations, and Academic Corruption

Covid and Reality TV’s Fake Audience

I have a secret vice, I love reality TV. I know there is little real about it, but whether watching the Real Housewives‘ gorgeous houses, or the elegant ballgowns on Dancing with the Stars, or guessing the camouflaged celebrity on Masked Singer, I find these silly shows fun. Lately, however, I am finding these shows anxiety-producing. Whether it is the couples dancing cheek-to-cheek on Dancing, … Continue reading Covid and Reality TV’s Fake Audience

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Books and Films About her Life -the Essential list

The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has rocked America. We’ve lost an icon and her death has sent our government spinning in a dozen different directions. Before we get too tangled in the aftermath, we should take the time to celebrate a life, which no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, is undoubtedly remarkable. She has forever left her mark on … Continue reading Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Books and Films About her Life -the Essential list

Hail To The (Stephen) King: Carrie On

by Darryl Keeping I’m finally getting the opportunity to review the Stephen King books I’ve read to this point in my re-read of all of his works in order. Some of these I have read previously, a lot of them (I’m sad to say) I’m reading for the first time. I’m currently reading Firestarter so I’ve officially left the seventies behind and am firmly entrenched in the … Continue reading Hail To The (Stephen) King: Carrie On

What Gardening & Mysteries Have in Common (& Fashion Video!)

by Ellen Byerrum It’s summer. How does your garden grow? This year our pink roses look pretty spectacular,  and our lilacs were lovely and fragrant. Still, we lost other flowers to a late spring freeze.     In many ways, I suppose, cultivating a garden is like writing a book. It takes time for everything to bloom. If you force it, it won’t flower in the right … Continue reading What Gardening & Mysteries Have in Common (& Fashion Video!)

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Peter Theil: Creating the Next Great Monopoly

Book Smart would like to welcome John Paul Schnabel to our team as a Senior Reviewer. With a background in engineering, art, and business, he’s an overall Renaissance kind of guy: with a thousand interests and a great sense of humor. His first review is a business book, Zero to One, by Peter Thiel. His next will be about the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, … Continue reading Peter Theil: Creating the Next Great Monopoly

Emotional Survival After Covid

We’re all feeling confined and frustrated at the limitations of lives during the Covid-19 outbreak. Honey Dahari has written a short book aimed at helping people realize the special frustrations of different age-groups and a quick, easy way to find some peace. I often find therapy books a bit cloying, or hard to come to the point. This book is very different. It presents problems … Continue reading Emotional Survival After Covid

Daddy Long Legs: Fire-Breathers and Criticism

Author’s note: I recently reread the novel Daddy Long Legs and loved it yet again. It reminded me of the wonderful musical I saw a few years ago. How I miss NYC theater! I am reposting this and wishing the cast my best during this difficult time when New York’s theaters are all dark. Take heart, we are thinking of you all.

by Diana Belchase

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Late Night Movie Review: When Feminism Falls Flat

I eagerly waited for Late Night to come out. The trailers were a hoot. The premise delightful. It utilized every trope I love: women coming together, underdog who succeeds, girl who shows the boys she’s better. Yet, while there are some glorious and funny moments in the film, ultimately it fell flat at the end, the point it matters most.   Late Night is about … Continue reading Late Night Movie Review: When Feminism Falls Flat

A Visit to the New York City Library

by Diana Belchase How much do you know about the NYC library? You know, that massive building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, adjacent to Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan? How about these facts: It took 16 years of planning. The cornerstone was laid in 1902. After nine years of building, the library finally opened on May 23rd, 1911.  The library was the largest building … Continue reading A Visit to the New York City Library

Thieves… plagiarists and scammers — sisterhood of suspense

We welcome to Book Smart suspense author, Kathryn Jane, who wrote the following heartfelt piece about the cost of book piracy.  For another riveting account of how even best selling authors can end up being plagiarized by other best selling authors and the wild wild west rules of the book world, also see this piece by Nora Roberts by clicking HERE. Thieves … plagiarists and … Continue reading Thieves… plagiarists and scammers — sisterhood of suspense

Book Review: Polymer Clay for Beginners

Emily Chen’s new book from Quarto/Walter Foster Publishing, $19.99, Art Makers Polymer Clay for Beginners delivers exactly as promised. Filled with simple instructions, step-by-step photos, with close up details, it appears impossible not to repeat her stunning results. I am so often let down by art books, that this is a welcome surprise. Chen’s projects are often aimed at kids — fake cookies and sparkly … Continue reading Book Review: Polymer Clay for Beginners

Book Review: Cookbooks and Watercolors

Today on Book Smart we’re taking a look at two new books. One will color your palate and the other your palette. Famous Dishes from Around the World: Healthy, Tasty, and Affordable Due to be released in May 2019, this cookbook, released by Moonstone Press at $14.95 and edited by Stephanie Maze and Karin Kinney shows a lot of promise. I was attracted to the … Continue reading Book Review: Cookbooks and Watercolors