Tessa Bright Wildsmith writes the weekly book review Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading. With what little free time she has away from designing advertising and page layouts for Blount Today, she tries to use reading. Tessa loves books of all kinds, but mostly fiction. Some of her favorite authors are Chuck Palahniuk, Kelly Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Diane Setterfield and Sarah Waters. Feel free to email her any suggestions you have for a great book.
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
Published 10/3/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
“Our Tragic Universe” is one of those books that could have gone horribly wrong in the hands of a less talented writer than Scarlett Thomas. With Thomas driving though, the reader is taken on a journey through literary ideas, hopes ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Published 9/19/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Rachel Morse doesn’t know she’s supposed to act a certain color. She’s one of three children born from a Danish mother and a black G.I. stationed overseas. She’s always just been Rachel. When a terrible accident leaves Rachel as the ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Published 9/5/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Sister Evangeline is a young nun. At only 23, she has grown up with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration since she was 12. She lives an orderly life and does what is expected of her. When a letter arrives ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
Published 8/29/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Paddy Meehan is on the night beat at her newspaper. She spends the hours most of us are sleeping following up on domestic disturbances and car accidents, awaiting the story that will finally give her some credibility and get her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Published 8/15/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK on schedule with no problems. Suddenly it stops on the tarmac. The plane is dark, and the communication channels have gone quiet. Stumped for answers, with fears of biological threats, the CDC is contacted, ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
Published 8/1/2011 at 10:27 a.m. 0 comments
Antoine Rey thought he would surprise is sister, Melanie, with a seaside vacation for her 40th birthday. He knew taking her back to their favorite vacation spot from childhood would be just the thing to snap her out of her ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
Published 7/18/2011 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Eric Shaw had big movie-making dreams. Things haven’t worked out exactly as he had planned. Now he’s stuck making memorial films to play at funerals. At one funeral, he gets an offer from the deceased’s sister, Alyssa Bradford, to make ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Year Of The Flood by Margaret Atwood
Published 7/4/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Set in the dystopian future of Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" vision, "The Year of the Flood" is sweeping, imaginative and compelling - all the things that I've grown to expect from Atwood's fiction. In this second book in the MadAddam ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
Published 6/20/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
As soon as I finished Cain’s first book, “Heartsick,” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, “Sweetheart” and continue with troubled murder detective Archie Sheridan and his obsession with the beautiful but deadly serial killer Gretchen Lowell. ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Published 5/30/2011 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Margaret Atwood is one of those rare authors with an imagination so big she has the ability to take you places you never thought possible. In “Oryx and Crake,” Atwood takes the reader to the future -- a future not ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Girl That Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Published 5/16/2011 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
When I finished reading “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” my first thoughts were that I wanted to know more about Lisbeth Salander. Stieg Larsson gave me that wish in his sophomore novel, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” Lisbeth ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Night by Elie Wiesel
Published 5/2/2011 at 11:53 a.m. 0 comments
I vaguely remember most of the books I was made to read in high school. I trudged through them completely uninterested. “Night,” by Elie Wiesel, was a different story. I was captivated from page one and still remember it vividly ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Eat The Document by Dana Spiotta
Published 4/18/2011 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Mary and Bobby are idealistic, passionate and angry. It’s the 1970s, and the Vietnam war has been raging on too long. Mary and Bobby feel like they must do something to speak up. After arranging several radical protests against the ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Published 4/4/2011 at 10:29 a.m. 0 comments
In 1913, a 4-year-old girl is placed on a ship leaving London for Australia. When the ship arrives, no one is there to claim the girl. No one knows where she came from or who she belongs to. She won’t ...
Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
Published 3/21/2011 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
Willie Upton is coming home to her small town after her personal life has taken her off the tracks. The small up-state New York town of Templeton is not somewhere she comes back to often. She’s been away at college ...
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