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  • Book Review: Box 88 by Charles Cumming

    May 19, 2022Book Review: Box 88 by Charles Cumming
    This is the first book in a new spy novel series. The action moves between British intelligence officer Lachan Kite’s youth and his current place in Box 88, a joint espionage group between MI6 and the CIA which is run in complete secrecy. A fast, interesting read. Kirkus reviews says it is “the gold standard in ...
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  • Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    May 12, 2022Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    This comedy sci-fi is one of my favorite books. I thoroughly enjoy the offbeat and absurd story of human Arthur Dent’s unexpected adventure through space. He’s guided by his friend, Ford Prefect, who is on Earth to learn about the planet because Ford is writing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Along the way Arthur ...
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  • Book Review: A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay by Krystyna Poray Goddue

    May 5, 2022Book Review: A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay by Krystyna Poray Goddue
    This biography came to me highly recommended by Miss Katy, the Head of Children’s Services.  I loved reading about the poet’s life and work, and more about the specifics of her ties to Maine. Like Miss Katy, I also feel compelled to recommend the title to others. Because it’s a children’s book, it’s a relatively quick ...
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  • What PFL Staff are Reading this Week

    April 28, 2022What PFL Staff are Reading this Week
    A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey Emotional Healing: How to Put Yourself Back Together Again by Dr. Harry Barry Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins “A really terrific audio book, and for some reason I was surprised at how good the story is.” Empty Mansions: ...
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  • Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

    April 21, 2022Book Review: The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
    The Kings family, lobstermen on Loosewood island for over three hundred years, are blessed with the bounty of the sea but cursed with the death of the firstborn son of every generation. Cordelia, eldest child and first female Kings to own her own lobster boat, must contend with this mythical heritage, the aging of her ...
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  • Book Review: Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

    April 14, 2022Book Review: Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith
    In gorgeous, gripping language that intensifies as this collection progresses, Smith tracks, minute-by-minute, the progress of Hurricane Katrina as it grows from a tropical depression to a Category 5 storm. Smith describes the physical and emotional devastation of New Orleans, particularly in Black communities. Each poem in this collection feels raw and immediate, and Smith’s ...
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  • Book Review: The Poets of Maine

    April 7, 2022Book Review: The Poets of Maine
    The Poets of Maine is an 1888 “who’s who” of poems by Maine authors. Each listing includes a brief biography of the poet and several short poems. The volume is particularly interesting in that it highlights quite a few female poets, including Mary J. Cummings, born in Bowdoinham in 1838. Mary J. Cummings’ poems Summer-Time ...
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  • Book Review: I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer

    March 31, 2022Book Review: I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer
    This brilliant collection of erasure poems start with the original texts from many different kinds of notes Kate Baer received or experienced online and are, according to the blurb on her book, “transformed into an absolute artform that reclaims the vitriol from online trolls and inspires readers to transform what is ugly or painful in ...
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  • Book Review: The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski

    March 24, 2022Book Review: The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski
    Ignore the strange title and throw away any preconceived notions you might have about coming of age stories involving sheltered girls from overly religious families- because this book is so worth it. Thirteen year old Jory’s family is strange, even by the standards of their conservative Idaho church community in 1970. So when her older ...
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  • Book Review: Diversity in Romance

    March 17, 2022Book Review: Diversity in Romance
    Romance has moved well beyond your great aunt’s old Harlequin bodice-rippers. Today the genre is vibrant and dynamic, with heroines (and heroes) of all orientations, ethnicities, and identities from all walks of life finding love in all its forms. Whether you’ve already read every Nora Roberts book there or have never picked up a romance novel ...
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