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  • Book Review: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

    June 14, 2019
    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep In the 1970s, in rural Alabama, an African-American preacher named Willie Maxwell was accused of murdering  several of his family members to collect insurance money. Thanks in part to his attorney, these allegations were never proven true, and Maxwell evaded justice until he was shot and ...
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  • Book Review: Florida

    June 6, 2019
    Florida by Lauren Groff I picked up this book in the airport, thinking (mistakenly) that it was a book by another Florida author that I had heard about on NPR. What a happy accident! I was so taken by this collection of short stories by Lauren Groff. It has earned all kinds of awards ...
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  • Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

    May 30, 2019
    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens recently soared to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, and after reading it last weekend, I understand why it’s attained that stature and why others are so captivated by this unforgettable story. Using exquisite prose, Delia Owens vibrantly describes the environmental beauty and vibrancy ...
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  • Book Review: Normal People

    May 24, 2019
    Book Review: Normal People This little gem of a novel by Sally Rooney definitely made me feel my age (old). It is a love story of two millennials from the same backwater town in Ireland, who are clearly meant to be together, but can’t admit it to themselves or to each other. ...
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  • 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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