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  • Book Review: The Collector’s Apprentice

    December 20, 2018
    The Collector’s Apprentice B.A. Shapiro There are several collectors in this story but only one is murdered! Like B. A. Shapiro’s other two novels (The Art Forger and The Muralist), The Collector’s Apprentice masterfully blends art history with suspense, creating a perfect piece of historical fiction. It’s the roaring 20s Europe, and a young Belgian woman is ...
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  • Book Review: Hey, Kiddo

    December 20, 2018
    Hey, Kiddo Jarrett Krosoczka Hey, Kiddo is a graphic memoir written by children’s author Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett tells his story of growing up with his grandparents, as his mother battles addiction and his father is out of the picture. To make sense of his difficult situation, he expresses himself though art. A National Book Award Finalist for ...
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  • Book Review: Warlight

    December 20, 2018
    Warlight Michael Ondaatje “In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals.” This is Nathaniel William’s opening statement in Warlight, a novel about his coming-of-age in post-World War II London. As the novel’s narrator, he tries to reconstruct and make sense of his adolescence after his parents ...
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  • Book Review: Billy Gogan, American

    December 20, 2018
    Billy Gogan, American Roger Higgins Fifteen-year-old Billy Gogan, a Dubliner in Irish history’s hellacious An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) of the 1840s, is ever so alone in the world, fleeing from starvation, oppression, and dangers that lurk everywhere in his bleak surroundings. He leaves for America on the precarious tall ship On a Stormy Sea that ...
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  • Book Review: The Poet X

    December 20, 2018
    The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo Xiomara Batista is a teenage girl living in Harlem. Her mother is a devout Catholic; her father a mostly-silent presence haunting the living room; her twin brother whip-smart but timid. As the only daughter in her Dominican family, there are certain expectations of Xiomara: that she attend church regularly, that she ...
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  • Book Review: Bloody Jack

    December 20, 2018
    Bloody Jack: Being an account of the curious adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, ship’s boy L.A. Meyer, read by Kathrine Kellgren Mary Faber has nothing left of her family. Mother, Father and her younger sister have all died in the plague besieging London. It is the 1800s, a time when an orphan thrown forcefully onto the streets ...
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  • Book Review: The Overstory

    December 19, 2018
    The Overstory Richard Powers This is a novel that will keep you thinking long after you have finished reading it. Part One (called “Roots”) is almost a stand-alone collection of short stories about each of nine main characters in the book. Their stories all are very different, but extremely compelling, and sometimes heartbreaking. Some ...
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  • Book Review: Head On: A Novel of the Near Future

    December 19, 2018
    Head On: A Novel of the Near Future John Scalzi John Scalzi’s new book, Head On: A Novel of the Near Future, is not your usual police procedural. It’s gripping science fiction that is inventive and unpredictable. Head On‘s narrator is FBI agent Chris Shane, who is smart, rich, and cocky. He’s also ...
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  • Book Review: When Einstein Walked with Godel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought

    December 19, 2018
    When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought Jim Holt For the past few years, I’ve been happily reading books about physics, written by physicists for the general public. Many of the authors, such as Brian Greene, Michio Kaku and Carlo Rovelli, are such good writers that they can fool you into thinking you ...
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  • Book Review: Strange Star

    December 19, 2018
    Strange Star Emma Carroll I have been reading children’s authors lately. I have been so impressed with the issues they take on to help children see and hear the world, both the positive and not-so-positive. Issues like bullying, or dealing with a disability, or nutrition and growing vegetables, or learning to write computer language or how to ...
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