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Here are some recent book reviews!

  • Book Review: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

    November 20, 2020
    I loved this book! It was the second selection for a book group I recently joined called “The Coven.” I was not optimistic when I realized that ALL of the titles we would read would most likely be in the SciFi/Fantasy genre, and I struggled with this book for the first 75 pages or so. ...
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  • Book Review: “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey (2012)

    November 13, 2020
    At the beginning of this novel, Jack and Mabel are preparing for their first winter on their new homestead in Alaska in 1920. Still reeling from the loss of their baby, the couple struggles to connect with one another amid the brutal wilderness. On the night of the first snowfall, Jack and Mabel set aside ...
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  • Book Review: “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis

    November 6, 2020
    In 1913, Laura Lyons lived in the New York Public Library’s superintendent’s apartment with her husband and two children.  While her husband managed all of the caretaking duties of the busy and awe-inspiring library, Laura raised her children and wrote an amusing column for the library’s newsletter about her family’s experience living in the famous ...
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  • Book Review: “Nat Turner” by Kyle Baker

    October 30, 2020
    Nat Turner by Kyle Baker was an incredibly emotional and eye-opening experience. It is the true story of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion, which took place in Southhampton County, Virginia in 1831.  Told in graphic novel format, Baker uses vivid, wordless images alongside excerpts of Turner’s confession to convey the brutalities of slavery and ...
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  • Book Review: “That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story”

    October 23, 2020
    That Can Be Arranged is a lighthearted, funny, and colorful graphic memoir that details author Huda Fahmy’s love story, which happened to be an arranged marriage.  Huda guides us through what it was like growing up as a Muslim woman and trying to balance both familial and personal expectations for relationships.  The way she navigates ...
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  • Book Review: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid

    October 16, 2020
    Well, THIS was disturbing. Maybe not a book to read in 2020? I picked this up because the horror movie forums I follow were raving about Netflix’s new film version of it and I wanted to read it first. Now I can’t tell if I’m excited to see it or dreading it. Not really; I’m ...
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  • Book Review: “Mooncakes”

    September 24, 2020
    Mooncakes, written by Suzanne Walker and beautifully illustrated by Wendy Xu, is a young adult graphic novel about witch-in-training Nova Huang, who is apprenticing at home with her grandmothers. Together they run a magical bookstore with just about every magical book you could want to read, and more tea than you could probably drink in a ...
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  • Book Review: “Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre”

    September 18, 2020
    I would recommend Max Brooks’ Devolution to anyone, but especially to fans of Brooks’ World War Z, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek and the History Channel’s 2007 series, MonsterQuest. Told mostly through the firsthand journal account of Kate Holland, it’s interspersed with interviews with several people who either knew her or were involved in trying to piece ...
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  • Book Review: “Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Simple Busy-Family Recipes for Your Slow Cooker, Sheet Pan, Instant Pot, and More,” by Tiffany King

    September 10, 2020
    For the start a new school year, Eat at Home Tonight is a wonderful cookbook, full of dinner options for busy families.  I have bookmarked many of the recipes to try, and the ones I’ve tried so far have been delicious!  I’ll be making her One-Pot Sausage, Corn, and Red Pepper Chowder this week for an easy weeknight ...
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  • Book Review: “On the Horizon” by Lois Lowry

    September 3, 2020
    On the Horizon: World War II Reflections is a stirring new memoir written by Maine’s own Lois Lowry. The book looks back at the history of lives forever changed after the bombings of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. The slim novel/memoir is written in verse, with each poem a recollection of heroes both big and small. ...
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