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Book Review from Julie: The Butterfly and the Violin

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo Present day Manhattan: Art dealer Sera James saw a beautiful painting as a young girl. She has made it her life’s work to find that painting, which has been missing for decades. The painting’s subject is that of a young female violinist with a shaved head and a number tattooed on her…

Book Review from Julie: China Dolls

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo The story’s locale is 1938 San Francisco. Three young Chinese-American (or American-Chinese as I prefer since they were born in the USA) young women meet when they try out as dancers (or ponies) for the opening of the city’s glitzy new nightclub, Forbidden City. Grace Lee is 17 years old. She arrive…

Slan Scores Again With Death of a Dowager

Death of a Dowager

By Julie Failla Earhart Last time we chatted about Joanna Campbell Slan’s new series, “The Jane Eyre Chronicles,” the first book had just been released.  Now the second book, Death of a Dowager, has hit the bookstores and Internet. It’s one year later, 1821.  Jane, Edward, and their son Ned have journeyed to London for…

Sitting Down with Jennifer Adele

Jennifer Adele

What was your inspiration for your book?  A willow tree at the end of a cul-de-sac not too far from my home inspired this book. The tree itself is maybe about a mile or so away. I discovered it during a nature walk one day and went home to learn more about the symbolism and…

Book Review: The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker

The empty glass

by Julie Failla Earhart The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary Marilyn Monroe’s death, a death that still haunts the American Dream Machine. Some suspect suicide; others murder. There are so many unanswered questions, and conspiracies abound.  Bring in author J.I. Baker, the executive director of Conde Nast Traveler.  In his debut his novel, The…

Book Review: Lucy by Ellen Feldman

lucy

by Julie Failla Earhart Tackling historic figures is nothing new for author Ellen Feldman. With such novels as Scottsboro and The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Feldman is a pro at researching historic eras.  With Lucy, Feldman digs into the life of one of the more obscure yet highly controversial women of the mid-twentieth century,…