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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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  • Book Review: Promise

    December 19, 2018
    Promise Minrose Gwin The 1936 Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak is one of the deadliest ever recorded in U.S. history. Minrose Gwin’s 2018 historical novel, Promise, is about this dangerous F5 tornado that hit Tupelo, Mississippi and surrounding areas, without warning, causing wide-spread devastation during the 16-hour rampage which resulted in the deaths of 454 people and ...
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  • Book Review: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

    December 19, 2018
    The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Cannon When I started this book, I told a colleague that I was predisposed to dislike it because the first few chapters are told from the perspective of 10-year-old Grace. Too charming for me, I thought. I stuck with it though, and I am glad. There are ...
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  • Book Review: One Goal

    December 19, 2018
    One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought A Divided Town Together Amy Bass From Kirkus Reviews: United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Lewiston was once a nearly all-white mill town on the verge of economic collapse. Then hundreds of Somali refugees poured into the ...
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  • Book Review: The Woman in the Window

    December 19, 2018
    The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn One word of advice if you pick up A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window: be prepared to clear your schedule. Once you get into the story, you won’t be able to walk away. Anna Fox, once a child-psychologist who seemed to have it all, is suffering from ...
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  • Book Review: The Paris Architect

    December 19, 2018
    The Paris Architect Charles Befoure During the French Occupation, Lucien Bernard, a gifted, ambitious, unemployed, 35-year-old Parisian architect, despite his best attempts to remain uninvolved in the war, finds himself living a dangerously duplicitous life, engaged to design arsenals for the Reich, and on the other hand, accepting secret commissions by a prospective wealthy client who intends ...
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  • Book Review: The Immortalists

    December 19, 2018
    The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin Here’s the premise of this story: in 1969, four siblings between the ages of seven and 14 summon up the courage to take a trip from their New York City apartment to visit a psychic in lower Manhattan. Her ability, she claims, is that she can tell people the date of ...
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