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MEMPHIS READS: GOOD OMENS by TERRY PRATCHETT AND NEIL GAIMAN (3/8/2023) - Sara reviews Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, HarperCollins,… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE HOMEWRECKERS by MARY KAY ANDREWS (3/8/2023) -   Sara reviews The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's Press, 2022, 437 pages If you’ve ever wanted to know… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE HOUSEKEEPER by JOY FIELDING (11/7/2022) - Andrea reviews THE HOUSEKEEPER by Joy Fielding, Ballantine Books, 2022, 351 pages. I have been reading this particular author from Florida since… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE (9/4/2022) - Nathan reviews My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Doubleday Books, 2018, 226 pages  My Sister, the Serial Killer… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MAID by STEPHANIE LAND (8/5/2022) - Andrea reviews MAID:  HARD WORK,  LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER'S WILL TO SURVIVE by Stephanie Land, Hachette Books, 2019, 978-0-316-50511-6, 270… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN (7/22/2022) - Nathan reviews Bird Box by Josh Malerman, HarperCollins, 2014, 262 pages Have you ever read a book you just had… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: FUZZ: WHEN NATURE BREAKS THE LAW by MARY ROACH (6/24/2022) - Nathan reviews Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Company, 2021, 308 pages Legumes and… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BAR FLOWER by LEA JACOBSON (6/22/2022) - Andrea reviews BAR FLOWER by Lea Jacobson., St. Martin’s Press, 2008, 978-0-312-36897-5, 340 pages I am going to be honest… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: RISING TIDE by JOHN BARRY (5/3/2022) -   Marilyn reviews RISING TIDE by John Barry, Simon & Schuster, 1997, 525 pages.   This was an excellent read… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran (4/13/2022) - Nathan reviews HOW TO BE A WOMAN by Caitlin Moran, Harper Perennial, 2011, 305 pages I will admit, I received puzzled… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by QIAN JULIE WANG (3/29/2022) - Andrea reviews BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY by Qian Julie Wang, Doubleday Books, 978-0-385-54721-5, 305 pages. This particular title was recommended by one of… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: A DIRTY JOB by CHRISTOPHER MOORE (3/4/2022) - Nathan reviews A DIRTY JOB  by Christopher Moore, William Morrow, 2009, 363 pages (ebook) From the very beginning we see… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: DRIFT by RACHEL MADDOW (1/22/2022) - Nathan reviews Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow, Crown, 2012, 275 pages Have you ever wondered… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: WHITE BOY (A MEMOIR) by TOM GRAVES (1/8/2022) - Andrea reviews WHITE BOY:  A MEMOIR  by Tom Graves, Devault-Graves Digital Editions, 2019, 264 pages. I picked up this non-fiction tale… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE by AMANDA LOVELACE (1/5/2022) - Nathan reviews The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017, 208 pages (ebook) Poetry… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by AMAL EL-MOHTAR and MAX GLADSTONE (12/30/2021) - Nathan reviews This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Saga Press, 2019, 209… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by SAMANTHA DOWNING (12/28/2021) - Andrea reviews FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by Samantha Downing, Berkley Publishing, 2021, 384 pages. Australian writer, Samantha Downing has woven another… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: PONY by R.J. PALACIO (12/6/2021) - Andrea reviews PONY by R.J. Palacio, Random House Publishing, 2021, 289 pages. Twelve year-old Silas Bird is not your typical young… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: STATION ELEVEN by EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (12/3/2021) - Nathan reviews Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Knopf, 2014, 333 pages  Novels that start with tragedy, no matter the scale,… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by BARBARA DEE (12/2/2021) - Andrea reviews MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU by Barbara Dee, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2019, 283 pages. Sometimes the best part… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: DAY WORLD CAME TO TOWN by JIM DEFEDE (11/19/2021) - Marilyn reviews The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede, HarperAudio, 2017, e-book narrated by Ray Porter.  Like all other passengers who boarded their… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by MATT HAIG (11/19/2021) - Nathan reviews The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, Viking, 2020, 288 pages. From the instant the reader meets Nora, it… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK by JEN LANCASTER (10/30/2021) - Andrea reviews BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK: Confessions of a Condescending,  Egomaniacal, Self-centered Smart-ass by Jen Lencaster, Penguin Books, 2006,… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT by SARAH MCBRIDE (10/22/2021) - Nathan reviews Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride, Crown Archetype, 2018,… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: DEADLY EDUCATION by NAOMI NOVAK (10/18/2021) -   Sara reviews A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novak, Del Rey Publishing, 2020. When I say I could not put this… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: ODD THOMAS BY DEAN KOONTZ (10/16/2021) - Nathan reviews Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, Bantam Books, 2003, 399 pages As we are introduced to the title character--yes,… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: BEST HORROR BOOKS TO READ FOR HALLOWEEN, 2021 (10/12/2021) - According to the website,, these are the most thrilling horror books for the Halloween season of 2021. Bear in mind, they… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by NEIL deGRASSE TYSON (9/22/2021) - Nathan reviews Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017, 222 pages Throughout… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS (9/18/2021) -   Nathan reviews The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Illustrated Edition) by Douglas Adams, Del Rey - Random House Publishing… ...Read More
Memphis Reads: FIND YOU FIRST by Linwood Barclay (9/16/2021) - Andrea reviews FIND YOU FIRST by Linwood Barclay, NJSB Entertainment Inc, 2021, 438 pages. Lots of times people will say  "Money is… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: ON THE ROAD BY JACK KEROUAC (8/31/2021) - Nathan reviews On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Penguin Publishing Group, 1976, 320 pages As the novel was written on… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury (8/17/2021) - Nathan reviews Fahrenheit 451 (60th Anniversary Edition) by Ray Bradbury, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013, 249 pages This is one… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE MARTIAN BY ANDY WEIR (7/28/2021) - Nathan reviews The Martian by Andy Weir, Crown Publishing, 2014, 369 pages (originally self-published in 2011.) Space exploration, if nothing else,… ...Read More
Memphis Reads: A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman (7/10/2021) - Andrea reviews A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, 2014, 337 pages. It would first appear Ove is… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MATILDA GUNDALINI by SUSAN MORESI (6/4/2021) - Andrea reviews MATILDA GUNDALINI:  A Tale of Workplace Harassment by Susan Moresi, Lulu Publishing, 2020, 82 pages. Moresi is a… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: KINGDOM OF ICE (4/7/2021) - Marilyn reviews In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeanette by Hampton Sides, … ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: RIP BEVERLY CLEARY 1916-2021 (4/1/2021) - The Grand Dame of Klickitat Street has passed away. Mrs.  Beverly Atlee  Bunn Cleary died at age of 104 on… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: AND THE PEOPLE STAYED HOME (3/4/2021) - Andrea reviews And the People Stayed Home by Kitty O'Meara. Tra Publishing, 2020. 9781734761788. 32pp. This picture book started out as a… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE WONDER BOY OF WHISTLE STOP (1/22/2021) - Hollye reviews The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg, Random House Publishing, 2020, 285 pages Do you remember… ...Read More
Memphis Reads: DOLLY PARTON: SONGTELLER, MY LIFE IN LYRICS (12/16/2020) - Andrea reviews DOLLY PARTON, SONGTELLER:  My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Chronicle Books, 2020, ISBN 978-1-7972-0509-0, 380 pages Anyone who knows… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: FIRE LOVER by Joseph Wambaugh (12/15/2020) - Marilyn reviews Fire Lover: A True Story  by Joseph Wambaugh, William Morrow Publishing, 2002. The author has written a page turner… ...Read More
Memphis Reads: WHO ELSE CAN LOVE YOU? by DWIGHT E. KOBAR (12/8/2020) - Andrea reviews WHO ELSE CAN LOVE YOU? by Dwight E. Kobar, BookBaby Publishers, 2020, 40 pages. This is a sweet… ...Read More
Happy Thanksgiving from Memphis Reads! (11/20/2020) - We at Memphis Reads believe 2020 is  going to be a year we will always remember. But take a moment… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE END OF HER by Shari LaPena (10/13/2020) - Andrea reviews THE END OF HER by Shari LaPena, Penguin Random House, 2020. This book is about the devil. No, not a… ...Read More
RIP Sam McBratney (1943–2020) (10/5/2020) - Sam McBratney has died. He was a writer of books for children and adults. He was best known for the… ...Read More
10 SCARIEST BOOKS OF 2020 (9/29/2020) - These are from the website,, and just in time for Halloween. Here are the 10 scariest books of 2020: 10.… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: NEW JIM CROW by MICHELLE ALEXANDER (8/3/2020) - Melissa Reviews: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.  “The genius of the… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: LOCK EVERY DOOR by RILEY SAGER (7/21/2020) - Andrea reviews  LOCK EVERY DOOR by RIley Sager,  Dutton, 2019. Jules Larsen has not had the easiest life by any stretch… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: MY DARK VANESSA by KATE ELIZABETH RUSSELL (7/10/2020) - Andrea reviews MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell, Harper Collins, 2020, 372 pages. It has been 17 years since… ...Read More
MEMPHIS READS: THE BALLAD OF SNAKES AND SONGBIRDS by SUZANNE COLLINS (7/10/2020) - Melissa reviews Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Books, 2020, 510 pages. The long-awaited prequel to the… ...Read More




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