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  • Book Review: “Landslide” by Susan Conley

    February 26, 2021Book Review: "Landslide" by Susan Conley
    In Susan Conley’s latest novel, Landslide, we meet Jill, wife of a fisherman and mother of two teenage boys (or wolves, as Jill refers to them). After a fishing accident leaves her husband injured and hospitalized in Canada, Jill must go it alone with her sons in their small fishing village in Maine. It’s no ...
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  • Book Review: “Beavers” from the Superpower Field Guide Series by Rachel Poliquin

    February 19, 2021Book Review: "Beavers" from the Superpower Field Guide Series by Rachel Poliquin
    Beavers (Superpower Field Guide) by Rachel Poliquin is a book that offers an inside look at what makes the ordinary beaver EXTRA-ordinary! Did you know that beavers have unstoppable teeth, paws of power, and a turbocharged superstink?  I didn’t know that either until I read this first book in this four-book (so far) series. Rachel ...
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  • Book Review: “Alternative Lives” by Roger D. Skillings

    February 12, 2021Book Review:  "Alternative Lives" by Roger D. Skillings
    Alternative Lives is the first short story collection by Bath-native Roger D. Skillings. In it, the author reflects on the homes, families, and acquaintances of a fictionalized youth in Long Reach, Maine. The characters, boys and men, are coming of age in the mid-20th century, in a world their elders don’t recognize. They are curious, ...
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  • “The Poison Eaters and Other Stories” by Holly Black

    February 5, 2021"The Poison Eaters and Other Stories" by Holly Black
    This collection of short stories by young adult author Holly Black wasn’t short on anything I look for in her novels. It was gripping, magical, dark, and utterly lovely. Each character draws you in with their unique voice and story, making it hard and exciting to move on from each tale. The tone of each ...
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  • Book Review: “They Went Left” by Monica Hesse

    January 22, 2021Book Review: "They Went Left" by Monica Hesse
    It’s the summer of 1945, and 18-year-old Zofia has been released from the hospital where she convalesced after liberation from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp. She is determined to reunite with her younger brother Abek, the only other family member who went “right” with her in the lines at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but she is hindered by mental ...
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  • Book Review: “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares”

    January 15, 2021Book Review:  "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares"
    I recently read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and fell in love with it!  It’s co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Netflix has been pumping out new series to watch, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is one of their recent releases.  I hadn’t watched it yet, but I spotted the book on ...
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  • Kanopy Movie Review: “I Am Not a Witch” (2017)

    January 8, 2021Kanopy Movie Review:  "I Am Not a Witch" (2017)
    I watched this movie as part of our preparations for the Library’s upcoming “Armchair Traveler” Series, which starts later this month.  It is available through Kanopy, the Library’s free video- streaming service.  This award-winning film — by a Zambian-born, Welsh-raised director named Rungano Nyoni — is set in present day Zambia.  The movie opens as a ...
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  • “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro

    December 18, 2020"Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love" by Dani Shapiro
    In 2016, at age 54, Dani Shapiro’s life took quite a turn. On a whim, she sent in a DNA test kit to a genealogy website.  As it turned out, her father (or the man she identified as such) was not her biological father. Almost miraculously, some friends were able to use genealogy websites to ...
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  • Book Review: “Anxious People” by Frederick Backman

    December 4, 2020Book Review: "Anxious People" by Frederick Backman
    Frederick Backman has a gift.  He is at once an aloof observer and conspiratorial in his commentary, while challenging the status quo as absurd and celebrating life’s mundane moments.  His works are though-provoking, funny, and just a touch melancholic.  Anxious People is no exception. The story deftly takes the reader to a police interrogation room, an ...
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  • Book Review: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

    November 20, 2020Book Review: "The Once and Future Witches" by Alix E. Harrow
    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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