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Kristy Kiernan's Reads

We asked author Kristy Kiernan, whose latest novel is Catching Genius, about books that inspire her writing. She graciously sent us these picks: (Thanks, Kristy!)

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose. "This is non-fiction from a journalist in New Orleans. It's a compilation of his columns from right after Katrina. The introduction gave me chills because I'm a writer; the rest of the book gave me chills because I'm human."

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander. "Okay, I'm cheating on this one a little. I was lucky enough to get an Advance Reading Copy and the book isn't available until Feb. 1, 2008. However, this gives you time to pick up her first two books, And Only to Deceive and A Poisoned Season, and get hooked on these historical suspense novels set in Victorian England, featuring the most likable heroine I've ever read in a series, Lady Emily Ashton."

Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins. "Such a beautifully written novel that when I finished it I clasped it to my chest and just reflected on it for an hour. Set in the forties, from Tennessee to the North Carolina coast and then back to Tennessee, Oak Ridge specifically, with all that historically implies. Wiggins tells a luminous (forgive me, that's a little twist on her main character's fascination with all 'the kinds of lights nature can produce') and heartbreaking tale, my favorite kind."

Every Crooked Pot by Renee Rosen. "Debut novel about a girl with a hemangioma that covers her right eye, which makes her cover one of the cleverest around. I love finding a new author on their first book and thinking about how they'll evolve in their career, and Rosen's one I'm going to keep an eye on."

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