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Renee Rosen's Picks

What books inspire writers? We asked novelist Renee Rosen, author of Every Crooked Pot, to tell us what she's been reading. She graciously sent us these picks:

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. "This book is such a rare gem, it was perhaps my favorite novel of last year. A departure from Gruen's previous novels, Riding Lessons and Flying Changes (which I also highly recommend), Water for Elephants is set against the backdrop of a traveling circus during the Depression. It's part love story, part historical and altogether engaging. It's a story that will make you laugh and cry. Gruen's skill and immense talent is evident on every page. Her prose is stunning and her eye for telling details is always spot on! It's easy to see why this book has captured the hearts of readers around the world. Truly, this is one of those books that you'll never forget."

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. "After reading Jackson's first novel, Gods In Alabama, I couldn't stop raving about it and I'm pleased to say, that her next book, Between, Georgia is every bit as captivating. Jackson once again weaves a gripping plot in and around quirky characters that feel so real they spring to life on the page. Between, Georgia takes the reader into a world of family ties and family heartaches. One of the things I admire most in her writing is that Jackson's voice is unique -- it's all her own and she never hits a false note."

A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander. "While I normally don't read historical suspense, I will forever be grateful that I was introduced to Tasha Alexander's work. A Poisoned Season is the second in her series of novels featuring Lady Ashton, a spirited, port-wine drinking heroine who shakes up the Victorian aristocracy as she unravels secrets that society would rather keep hidden. Her first novel, And Only To Deceive blew me away and in A Poisoned Season, she takes the drama and suspense to a whole new level. I've heard that Alexander is the next Elizabeth Peters and I'm inclined to agree."

Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott. "This work of non-fiction reads like a juicy novel and recounts the historical events of two sisters who ran the world's most elaborate bordello in Chicago during the early 1900s. Filled with a cast of bigger-than-life characters, and meticulously researched, Abbott writes about high drama between the sisters and the reformers who want to shut them down. Beware: This book is impossible to put down. And on top of that, Abbott is a gorgeous writer who brings the era to life right before your eyes. For anyone who liked The Devil In The White City -- you'll love this one!"

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Saturday December 8th 2007, 8:19 PM
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Recommended books and concise book reviews to emulate.

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