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Lucky Girl: Adoptive daughter discovers Chinese roots

Although she was adopted from China as an infant, award-winning journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood had a typical American upbringing. Growin up, she thought her Chinese parents were were peasants who gave her up so she would have a chance at a good life.


A Reliable Wife: Did the editor and I read the same story?

From Algonquin books: Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.”



Guardian of Lies: Martini swings and misses

I’ve been a Steve Martini fan for a long time. His hero, attorney Paul Madriani, has been at the center of some of the best courtroom drama in recent fiction.

With “Guardian of Lies,” however, Martini attempts to turn Madriani into an action hero – with disastrous results.


What does it take to be the world's greatest champion?

Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion
By John Wilcockson
DeCapo Press - June 2009
369 pages - $26 - Five out of five stars
John Wilcockson’s book, “Lance: The Making of the World’s Greatest Champion,”  currently among amazon.com’s top 20 in outdoors, biographies and sports categories, takes a close look at the events and people who shaped and influenced Armstrong, a young man growing up in Plano.

Popular blog results in big rewards for Julie Powell

Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen
By Julie Powell
Back Bay Books - July 1, 2009 - 400 pages - $7.99

What does Julie Powell, a girl from Austin, have in common with Julia Child, the iconic chef first introduced to American audiences on the Public Broadcasting System?

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