Beth Golay

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Beth Golay is the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, providing marketing support to bookstores around the world through her newsletter and website. Prior to launching Books & Whatnot, Beth was the marketing manager at Watermark Books & Cafe for 13 years. In fact, she represented Watermark as the KMUW book review commentator for 2 years while she was at the bookstore.

Beth's favorite genre is literary fiction, but she also loves creative non-fiction and reading the classics she should have attempted a long time ago. Her greatest reading accomplishment is a toss-up: Reading four books in one weekend (documented in January 2004) or completing the 1438 pages of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.

In addition to "reader" you can add "artist" and "runner" to her interest list. Beth is currently trying to run a marathon in every state. She has a long way to go.

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5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Book Review: The Distancers: An American Memoir

When Lee Sandlin was a young boy growing up in Chicago, each summer he was dropped off at the family home in Edwardsville, Ill., to stay with two great-aunts and two great-uncles. Sandlin describes his time there as a boot camp in old-fashioned values.

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5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Book Review: Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson is set in a sleepy university town a couple hours outside of New York City. The novel has a familiar cast of characters: an author, a book critic and the women who loved them.

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5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Book Review: & Sons

David Gilbert
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David Gilbert’s novel & Sons is about a somewhat reclusive author who has written a book that has captured the imaginations of readers through the decades, much like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye.

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5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Book Review: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

I have a difficult time with books that require the reader to suspend disbelief. In fact, I avoid them. But not if the author is Andrew Sean Greer.

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5:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Book Review: Fin & Lady

Cathleen Schine's journey to becoming an author included brief stints in medieval history and shoe buying at Bloomingdale's. Not a likely trajectory toward a profession as a novelist, especially since she turned to writing as a fall-back career.

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5:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Book Review: The Other Typist

Set in New York City in the 1920s, The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is told from the viewpoint of Rose Baker, an unremarkable woman raised in an orphanage by nuns.

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5:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Book Review: The Chaperone

One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions.

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5:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Book Review: Life After Life

'Life After Life' author Jill McCorkle
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Jill McCorkle's Life After Life, set in fictional Fulton, N.C., is told through a chorus of characters that have a connection to the Pine Haven Retirement Community.

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5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Book Review: Snapper

Brian Kimberling
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Snapper is a collection of stories by Brian Kimberling.

Like making new friends later in life, we learn about protagonist Nathan Lochmueller through a series of stories and back-stories. 

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5:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Book Review: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

David Sedaris
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David Sedaris is known for his self-deprecating wit, obsessive behaviors and sardonic humor. His new book of essays, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, does not disappoint.

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