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Here are some recent book reviews!

  • Movie Review: Sorry to Bother You

    May 17, 2019
    Usually when I love a movie it’s because: the movie contains monsters; the movie makes me cry; the movie has robots in it; or the movie is called John Wick. Sometimes, though, I love a movie because it surprises me and confuses me and then I can’t stop thinking about it. Directed by Boots ...
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  • Book Review: The Acadian Kitchen

    May 8, 2019
    The Acadian Kitchen by Alain Bosse (The Kilted Chef) I lived in a suburb of Montreal when I was a kid. Unsurprisingly, one of the things I remember most vividly about my time there was the food. Poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and chicken and rib franchises (I’m thinking about you, Swiss Chalet!) are what immediately come ...
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  • Book Review: The Dreamers

    May 2, 2019
    The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker  In a small California town, a college freshman complains of feeling sick, falls asleep… and doesn’t wake up. Soon, there are more cases like hers—otherwise healthy individuals suddenly overcome by fatigue they can’t shake. Once they are asleep, nothing can wake them from their slumber. Soon, the mysterious illness sweeps through the town like the wildfires ...
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  • Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    April 26, 2019
    The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov and how they lived through the horrors of the German concentration camp, Auschwitz. In 1942, the German government, looking for workers for their labor camps, made Slovakian families send someone 18 or older for work details with ...
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  • Book Review: Sadie (2018)

    April 4, 2019
    Sadie by Courtney Summers If you’re looking for an audiobook that will get you through a boring car drive, this could be just the ticket. It is performed by a full cast, so the voices are always changing, which helped me stay focused. And the story is quite suspenseful, about a murder and a disappearance ...
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  • Book Review: Looking for a New Author? Try Miriam Toews.

    March 27, 2019
    I just put a hold on this wonderful Canadian author’s newest book, Women Talking, after reading about it in The New Yorker. This, her eighth novel, was released in Canada last year and is due out in the U.S. on April 2. As in many of her books, she draws on her Mennonite heritage ...
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  • Book Review: All the Answers (2018)

    March 22, 2019
    If you like graphic novels in the tradition of Maus by Art Spiegelman or Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, you’ll enjoy this graphic memoir by Michael Kupperman, an award-winning writer and artist. I am a big fan of graphic novels; even if you aren’t, you still might enjoy reading this one, for a number ...
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  • Book Review: Lovely War (2019)

    March 14, 2019
    Lovely War by Julie Berry The title of the Washington Post review of this young adult saga was “The novel you’ll want to steal from your teen’s nightstand.” I think that about sums it up. Julie Berry’s book is a sweeping piece of historical fiction with meticulously researched details about World War I. ...
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  • Book Review: Horns (2011)

    March 8, 2019
    Horns by Joe Hill Imagine waking from a drunken slumber only to find horn nubs sticking out of your head. Ignatius Perrish can imagine it. The main character from Joe Hill’s Horns is thrown into a wild journey from the moment he wakes with horns until the very last pages of the book. What he discovers ...
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  • Book Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes

    March 1, 2019
    The Woman Who Smashed Codes : A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies (2017) by Jason Fagone Since the publication of Jason Fagone’s meticulously researched biography, brilliant codebreaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman (1892 – 1980) has finally received some of the attention she deserves. Her crucial role in American history, during the years ...
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