Staff Picks

Here are some recent book reviews!

  • Book Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

    July 30, 2021Book Review: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
    Ignore the unwieldy title and ill advised cover art.  This book is for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction. Set in post world war II Ireland, the reader visits the main characters every seven years. It’s a great look at the heroic people who are the foundation for our LGBTQ community.  This isn’t ...
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  • Book Review: “We Ride Upon Sticks” by Quan Barry

    July 23, 2021Book Review:  "We Ride Upon Sticks" by Quan Barry
    You don’t need to be a field hockey player from the 1990s to love this book, nor do you need to have a keen interest in the lore of the Salem Witch trials. If you can check those boxes, the Stantons can pretty much guarantee you will LOVE this book. The rest of you will ...
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  • Movie Review: “Obit.”

    July 9, 2021Movie Review: "Obit."
    Who would have ever guessed that a group of New York Times obituary writers could be the topic of a great documentary?  Director Vanessa Gould certainly turned an interesting idea into a bittersweet but entertaining film (2016) about how this small staff of career journalists research and write about the lives of those who have ...
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  • Book Review: “Beetle & the Hollowbones” by Aliza Lane

    July 2, 2021Book Review: "Beetle & the Hollowbones" by Aliza Lane
    Are you tired of the summer heat? Looking for a sweet and spooky Halloween treat? If you are, I would recommend picking up Aliza Lane’s graphic novel Beetle & the Hollowbones in between staring longingly at your calendar and cursing the humidity.  It was hard to be grumpy about the hot weather while I was ...
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  • Staff Picks: The New Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine

    June 24, 2021Staff Picks: The New Children's Museum and Theater of Maine
        I took my son to the Grand Opening of the Children’s Museum in Portland and we really enjoyed our visit! My children and I frequented the former Children’s Museum over the years and we have such fond memories from those visits. It’s been exciting to watch the new museum spring up on Thompson’s Point in Portland, and ...
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  • Staff Picks: Learn More About Juneteenth!

    June 18, 2021Staff Picks: Learn More About Juneteenth!
    We have a new national holiday! Juneteenth (also known as”Black Independence Day”) has been celebrated by the African-American community on June 19 since 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two years ...
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  • Book Review: “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee

    June 11, 2021Book Review: "The Sum of Us" by Heather McGhee
    The Sum of Us explores economic policy through the lens of who benefits and who suffers.  McGhee’s central claim is that policy has been crafted over the years to prevent services, upward mobility, and wealth accumulation for people of color, often at the expense of white people.  A signature example referenced throughout the book highlights ...
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  • Book Review: “The Book of Eels” by Patrik Svensson

    June 4, 2021Book Review: "The Book of Eels" by Patrik Svensson
    The New York Times referred to this surprise best-seller by Swedish journalist Patrik Svensson as ‘strange and nerdy.’  I just loved it. It is part natural history, part memoir, and all about eels.   Even if you know or care nothing about eels before reading the book (like me), you will be amazed to learn that eels ...
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  • Book Review: “Whereabouts” by Jumpa Lahiri

    May 28, 2021Book Review: "Whereabouts" by Jumpa Lahiri
    I really identified with the narrator of Jumpha Lahiri’s  new book, Whereabouts.  The storyteller is an Italian woman in her 40s, a solitary soul who wrestles with conflicting needs and desires. She likes to be alone and unattached, but also seeks companionship and belonging.  It was amazing how I could identify her “whereabouts” even though ...
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  • Book Review: “Fangirl” (Volume 1): The Manga

    May 21, 2021Book Review: "Fangirl" (Volume 1): The Manga
    This is the first volume of what will be a series of four manga, a Japanese style graphic novel adaptation of the young adult novel Fangirl, which was written by bestselling author Rainbow Rowell. This adaptation stays faithful to the original book as we follow Cath on her journey as a first-year English major at ...
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