The Thicket

“The Thicket” by Joe R. Lansdale c.2013, Mulholland Books $26.00 / $29.00 Canada 352 pages You know who your friends are. They’re the ones who keep your secrets, or your car keys when you need them to. They’ll loan you five minutes or five do … [Read more...]

Mannequin maker builds bodies of work heads over heels, hands over fists

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Need a body part? How does a $2 arm or $5 leg sound? Alison Wainwright is here to help. Her company, Las Vegas Mannequins, has taken over a cavernous 23,000-square-foot warehouse filled with mannequins, spare parts, slat … [Read more...]

A Reader’s Book of Days

“A Reader’s Book of Days” by Tom Nissley c.2013, W.W. Norton $24.95 / $26.50 Canada 448 pages Today is a good day to curl up with a book. And that may be all you’ll do on this day, or today may be monumental in ways you’ll never forget. The t … [Read more...]

Mesa View birth count should reach 100 this year

Mesquite families are continuing to grow as they welcome their newborns into the world at Mesa View Regional Hospital, according to Robert Fuller,  Mesa View’s director of business development.   Over the past year, more than 90 women have … [Read more...]

American Adventures: Westward Journeys

“American Adventures: Westward Journeys” by Judy Young and Devin Scillian, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Chris Ellison, and Doris Ettlinger c.2013, Sleeping Bear Press $6.99 / $9.99 Canada 96 pages   The last time your family moved, it … [Read more...]

Looking for one more gift idea? Don’t turn the page on a book

Check, check and check. That sums up pretty much what you’ve been doing for the past few weeks: writing out checks, checking your plastic balance and checking your list – twice. But, inevitably, there’s someone on there to whom you just don’t know w … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Book list Christmas 2013

Doesn’t it seem like your gift list grows each year? One new member of the family by birth, three more by marriage. Two “adopted” kids who call you Mom or Dad just because. Friends who have become dear.  A new Secret Santa program. It adds up, as i … [Read more...]

The Dogs of Christmas

“The Dogs of Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron c.2013, Forge $15.99 / $18.50 Canada 238 pages   This Christmas, you’re giving up a lot. You’re giving up a corner of your home for a Christmas tree. You’re giving up money to make sure the … [Read more...]

Princesses Behaving Badly

“Princesses Behaving Badly” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie c.2013, Quirk Books $19.95 U.S. and Canada 288 pages There are no ugly princes in fairy tales. The princesses are all very beautiful, too. Nobody has bad skin or bad breath, everybody we … [Read more...]

The Family Christmas Treasury

“The Family Christmas Treasury” by various authors and illustrators c.2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 / $23.99 Canada 288 pages How many days left? Have you been counting them?  You probably know the exact number already because you’ … [Read more...]