Excerpt – Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum

From Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry. Copyright © 2019  by Richard Kirshenbaum and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Press. † Chapter 1 HOLLYWOOD DREAMS New York City, 1933 A Technicolor sky hung over the city even though it was only early May. At times, even New York City seemed to have caught the bug. The pear trees that bloomed … Continue reading Excerpt – Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum

Review – How to Experience Death for Beginners by Jessica Branton

So many updates in the Pluckyverse, I don't even know where to begin. The semester started off crazy with me taking on way more responsibilities than I could manage and somehow getting them done. What that meant, though, was my reading life suffered and my blogging life became nearly nonexistent. But I am back and … Continue reading Review – How to Experience Death for Beginners by Jessica Branton

Review – The Burn Zone: a Memoir by Renee Linnell

If you’re anything like me, you find the psychology of cults very interesting. I cannot tell you the amount of hours I have devoted to reading about Heaven’s Gate, Scientology, Children of God, and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Growing up, I had friends who were in a cult and I think that probably sparked the fascination … Continue reading Review – The Burn Zone: a Memoir by Renee Linnell