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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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  • Book Review: Before We Were Yours

    February 21, 2019
    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate This heart-wrenching tale opens in 1939, as Rill’s Mom, Queenie, lays laboring to give birth to twins.  The midwife tells Rill’s Dad, Briny, that if Queenie doesn’t get to a hospital, all three will die.  Briny finally listens, leaves Rill in charge of her three younger siblings, and disappears ...
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  • Book Review: The Culture Code

    February 15, 2019
    The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle (2018) Have you ever been part of a group that jelled beautifully? A sports team, a work team, a classroom, a boardroom, a circle of people that seemed to function on a magical level? I have always been fascinated by that chemistry, so I was delighted ...
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  • Book Review: Once Upon A River

    February 8, 2019
    Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield (2018) One night at an ancient inn on the Thames, an injured stranger appears at the door carrying the lifeless body of a little girl who has drowned in the river. Hours later, the girl comes back to life. The regulars at the inn have many questions: How and ...
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  • Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis

    February 1, 2019
    Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (2018) “To defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness in yourself.”          Aslan, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan is anything but a slight novel; rather it is an intellectually inspiring and ...
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  • Book Review: Townie

    January 25, 2019
    Townie by Andre Dubus III In this memoir, novelist Andre Dubus III explores his unsettled background as a child of divorce in the 1970s. After his father, an acclaimed author, left Dubus’s mother to raise four kids alone in a Massachusetts mill town filled with drugs and crime, Dubus felt he had to protect himself and those he loved. He ...
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  • Book Review: Patience

    January 15, 2019
    Patience by Daniel Clowes (2016) Daniel Clowes’ 180-page vibrant science-fiction graphic novel, Patience, is a love story for the ages. Shortly after finding out she was pregnant, Patience is killed by a mysterious stranger. After spending decades lamenting his lost love, Jack discovers a way to time travel and launches on a journey to save Patience. ...
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