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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Anthony BourdainMedium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The long-awaited follow-up to the megabestseller Kitchen Confidential

In the ten years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business—and for Anthony Bourdain.

Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author’s bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he’s seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs that he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain pulls back the curtain—but never pulls his punches—on the modern gastronomical revolution, as only he can. Cutting right to the bone, Bourdain sets his sights on some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, the young superstar chef who has radicalized the fine-dining landscape; the revered Alice Waters, whom he treats with unapologetic frankness; the Top Chef winners and losers; and many more.

And always he returns to the question “Why cook?” Or the more difficult “Why cook well?” Medium Raw is the deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to those answers, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.

Not as stunning as the first, say the reviews, but a good and funny read.

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The Carrie Diaries Candace BushnellThe Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The Carrie Diaries is the coming-of-age story of one of the most iconic characters of our generation.

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

I guess this is the YA or NA version of Sex in the City?

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Assassins in Love by Kris DeLakeAssassins in Love by Kris DeLake. $ 2.99

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When one killer falls for another

Agent: Misha

Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.

Agent: Rikki

Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.

Love becomes a matter of life and death

Misha’s mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him…and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other

I was vaguely interested until I saw the author behind the pseudonym. Kristine Kathryn Rusch doesn’t work for me as an author despite the cool idea (although maybe Mr and Mrs Smith fan fiction?) Reviews say that the story is a little thin but entertaining.

I confess to being surprised that this book isn’t self published. KKR and her husband Dean Smith blog a lot about the evils of publishing. Smith doesn’t believe in editing his books, but just putting out as many shorts as possible in order to make money. Not sure what kind of product you can expect from authors like that.

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Beyond Shame Kit RochaBeyond Shame by Kit Rocha. $ .99 at Amazon | $3.99 Elsewhere.

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All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to the gang, to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.

This is a post apocalyptic erotic romance. Kit Rocha (a partnership between Donna Herren and Moira Rogers) is exploring some interesting concepts of power and gender roles in this series. Recommend for the hotness but also for the subversion.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Cara Ellison
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 15:06:50

    Doesn’t believe in editing!?

  2. ms bookjunkie
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 15:57:58

    Kit Rocha is the other pen name of the duo that make up Moira Rogers. Donna and Bree are the people behind both pen names.

    Also, grab BEYOND SHAME while you can, it’s awesome!

  3. baronesz1
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 08:57:22

    What is subversive about Beyond Shame? An honest question. It seems like having a passive heroine find quote-unquote, alleged power through submission is a tried and true staple of erotic romance.

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