Davina started BookBrowse while a stay at home mother of two small children who wouldn't stay still long enough for her to visit a bookstore. As a very young child, her favorite books were The Just So Stories and anything by A.A. Milne. Later she was passionate about all things Paul Gallico, particularly the Mrs Harris stories and The Man Who Was Magic. Close seconds were J.P. Martin's Uncle books, The Phantom Tollbooth, Giovannino Guareschi's Don Camillo stories and Gozney and Uderzo's Asterix. Before children she held a variety of advertising and marketing roles for products including chocolate bars, bottled water, dog food, banks and cheese. She is delighted to spend her days talking about books (although talking about cheese and chocolate wasn't all bad) These days she oversees the editorial and marketing sides of BookBrowse.
Poornima is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an award-winning journalist who lives in the greater Boston area. Trained as an engineer, she gradually made the shift to journalism after a brief stint as a technical writer. She loves to read and review literary fiction and narrative non-fiction and is most comfortable when her bedside stash of books looks like a Jenga pile. In addition to her editing responsibilities, she reviews for BookBrowse and publishes snappy 100-word-critiques of most of the books she reads on her blog, booksnfreshair.blogspot.com. Poornima also edits two trade magazines.
Tamara is a children's book writer who lives in Vermont. When she is not writing or being mom to her three kids, she can often be found running on the river trails with her dog (and, most likely, thinking about writing and being a mom.) Tamara is also an editor for BookBrowse, where she loves connecting with wonderful books and even more wonderful people. She is also a narrative writer for Reading Plus, a silent reading intervention program. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 2007 from Vermont College of Fine Arts; writes middle grade novels and picture books. She also reviews for BookBrowse and can be found online at tamaraellissmith.com and www.smithwright.blogspot.com.
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Kim Kovacs is an avid reader in the Pacific Northwest. All those rainy days give her the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of books that span many genres.
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Donna Chavez, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, also reviews books for Publishers Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist. She is also a freelance writer with numerous publishing credits, including the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times, and is a writing coach. Visit her website http://www.thewritecoach.com.
Each month, USA based BookBrowse members have the opportunity to review books through our First Impressions program. Books that our member-reviewers rate particularly highly are featured as "Editor's Choice" selections and are listed below. All books recently reviewed for First Impressions can be seen here.
Amy Reading holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She is the author of The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con, published by Knopf (March 2012). She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.
Sarah Sacha Dollacker is a writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She can also be found at redroomlibrary.com
Norah Piehl is a former bookseller who has also worked for several publishing companies. Currently a freelance writer and permissions editor, Norah reviews books for a number of print and online publications. She also teaches an adult education course, "Intro to Book Reviewing."
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Elizabeth Whitmore Funk is a writer, editor, critic, and professor based in Washington, DC. As a former editor in New York City and London, she currently serves on the English faculty of Marymount University.
Morgan is a reader and writer living in Los Angeles. She reviews fiction online, writes for Book Riot and The Paris Review, and is an Associate Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. She blogs at Reading in LA, and plans to open a bookstore called Dead or Alive. She figures that Donna Tartt probably owes her about $1,000 in royalties by now, due to her ceaseless recommending of The Secret History to pretty much everyone she meets.
Bob Sauerbrey and his wife live in SE Indiana. He was a high school and college teacher for 43 years and is presently teaching in continuing adult education at the University of Cincinnati. He has passion for both ancient and contemporary literature, classical music, philosophy, theology, nature and dogs, especially rescue dogs.
Suzanne Reeder's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in descant, Midwestern Gothic, and The MacGuffin. Her nonfiction has been published in national and regional magazines, including Colonial Homes, Alternative Medicine, Arts Indiana, Indianapolis Monthly, and Connecticut Magazine. Previously, she worked as a newspaper reporter.
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An American transplant to Reading, England, Rebecca is a former library assistant and full-time freelance writer, focusing on book reviewing. She writes for Bookkaholic magazine, volunteers for Greenbelt Festival's literature program, and reviews books for a myriad of print and online publications.
Judi Sauerbrey has retired from 35+ years teaching HS and college literature. She was director of women's studies at a Midwestern college for a number of years. She now lives in SE Indiana with her husband and three canine companions. She presently teaches in a continuing education program for adults, continues the quilting she's done for years, is a fan of any kind of mystery but especially cozies, and is revising manuscripts of her own novels in a number of genres.
Linda Hitchcock is an avid reader, book reviewer and freelance writer. This Georgetown University educated former urbanite resides on a rocky, fossil strewn hilltop in rural south central Kentucky with her beloved husband John and one beautiful but intellectually deficient Russian Blue cat. She serves as a board member of Friends of Kentucky Libraries and is involved in many community activities including Glasgow Musicale, various genealogical societies, Friends of Warren County Public Library and volunteers at the historic Plaza Theatre.
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Jennifer G. Wilder is a freelance writer based in upstate New York. She holds an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Berkeley and a B.A. from Yale. Her current project is a novel about nineteenth-century feminist Marietta Holley. She blogs at pulaskibrickhouse.blogspot.com
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Elena Spagnolie received her Master’s degree in creative writing and Magical Realist studies from New York University, focusing specifically on the relationship between culture and authorial voice, and the Jungian interpretation of archetypal symbols found in Magical Realist works. Outside of academia, she has worked at Prentice Hall Publishing, contributed numerous articles to Travelhost Magazine and currently writes short stories and poetry.
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Sharry Wright earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in their Writing For Children and Young Adults program. She lives and writes in San Francisco, where she co-founded Inkspell Writers, offering classes, workshops and manuscript critiques for Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Sharry has organized a number of writing retreats and conferences and works as a moderator for mother daughter book clubs. She is represented by Erzsi Deak of Hen & Ink Literary and blogs at Kissing The Earth.
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Rory L. Aronsky, co-author of BearManor Media's What If They Lived?, with Phil Hall, used to want to be a full-time film critic while writing well over 10 years of movie and DVD reviews, but eventually grew tired of the hamster-wheel feeling of it, realizing once and for all that his true love has always been books. He constantly haunts the websites and Facebook pages of Stacey Ballis, Sarah Pekkanen, and Barbara O’Neal, impatiently waiting for their newest novels, and is hugely interested in presidential history. When he's not reading, he works as a substitute elementary school library assistant in the Clark County School District of Southern Nevada, anticipating a full-time position, and he’s at work on his next nonfiction book, his first novel, and a possible play.
Judy has been an avid reader since the age of six. She works part time as a bookseller at her local independent bookstore, participates in five reading groups and is at work on a memoir of her life in reading. You can visit her blog at keepthewisdom.blogspot.com.
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Lucy Rock is a book blogger and writer based in the sunny North of England. Eschewing a career as a cheese-monger to study modern languages and run the Manchester Book Club, Lucy writes at Literary Relish, the Manchester Literature Festival and discusses feminist business and reviews at For Books' Sake.
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Stacey Brownlie is a reference instruction librarian at Harrisburg Area Community College. She has a B.A. in English and a Master's degree in Library Science. She also reviews books for Library Journal and is a freelance writer and proofreader.
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Jennifer Dawson Oakes works as a freelance writer and has many publishing credits, including The Globe and Mail, to her name. She is an avid reader and book-lover who has been reviewing books for publishers since May of 2010. She has her own blog, "Literal Life", dedicated to sharing her love of reading. As well, Jennifer co-moderates an on-line book group (at GoodReads) called "Bookish" where all things literary, both fiction and nonfiction, are discussed, ideas exchanged and quality reading is highly valued. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Jennifer hopes to one day finish writing her "great novel" which she will then recommend to everyone.
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Heather A. Phillips is a law librarian in San Diego, where she lives with her husband, cat, and far, far too many books. She holds a J.D. from the College of William & Mary, and an M.A. in library and information science from the University of Arizona. She previously reviewed books for the Law Library Resource Exchange.
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Naomi Benaron is the author of Running The Rift (2012), winner of the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and Love Letters from a Fat Man, winner of the 2006 G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. She earned an MFA from Antioch University and an MS in earth sciences from Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She teaches at UCLA Writers Extension and online through the Afghan Women's Writing Project. An advocate for African refugees in her community, she has worked extensively with genocide survivor groups in Rwanda. She is also an Ironman triathlete.
Sarah Tomp lives, reads and writes in San Diego, California. She is the author of a picture book, Red White and Blue Goodbye and has a MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a co-author of the blog, Writing on the Sidewalk. Little Brown will publish her young adult novel My Best Everything in March 2015.
Lisa Guidarini is a Reference Librarian, Professional Media/Literature reviewer for Library Journal (and BookBrowse of course), and a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can visit her at her blog: bluestalking.typepad.com
Karen Rigby is the author of Chinoiserie (Ahsahta Press, 2012), which received the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Her website is karenrigby.com
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