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Here are some recent book reviews!

  • Book Review: Middle Grade Horror

    October 8, 2021Book Review: Middle Grade Horror
    It seems as though all of a sudden kids have way more options for horror literature. This is excellent news. Gone are the days of R.L. Stine (not really; still super popular and fun) and Mary Downing Hahn (also not really; still creepy)! Over the past few years we’ve added some genuinely creepy titles to ...
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  • Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

    October 1, 2021Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
    Books don’t scare me easily, but I had to stop reading this after dark. When Merry was eight, her teenage sister began to exhibit signs of schizophrenia.  When nothing seems to help and Marjorie’s symptoms grew more disturbing, a local Catholic priest suggests exorcism.  Out of options and falling into debt, the family agrees to be ...
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  • Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

    September 24, 2021Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
    I have always loved Octopus and, after reading this book, you will too.  A rich, fascinating, and surprisingly heartwarming exploration of these smart (and funny!) sea dwellers, with stunning color photos that take a deeper dive (pun intended) into their fascinating world.
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  • Book Review: Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America by Gigi Georges

    September 17, 2021Book Review: Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America by Gigi Georges
    In September, I always find myself leaning into the back-to-school spirit of becoming more interested in the non-fiction section of the bookstacks. I heard some buzz about the book, Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America by Gigi Georges and set to finishing it. My family and I travelled to Downeast Maine ...
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  • Book Review: The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott

    September 10, 2021Book Review: The Ghosts of Eden Park by Karen Abbott
    This book is absolutely captivating.  It’s a tale of bootlegging, a government investigation to stop the smuggling, and a marriage gone awry.  It reads like a novel, but you’ll find it in the nonfiction stacks.  Abbot has researched the real-life case of George Remus and every phrase of dialog, detailed article of clothing, and weather ...
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  • Book Review: Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron

    September 3, 2021Book Review: Dead by Dawn by Paul Doiron
    Mike’s in hot water – or, rather, cold water.  In the first several paragraphs, we witness warden investigator Mike Bowditch hit metal spikes tossed onto the road for his benefit, skid off a corner, and plunge into the icy Androscoggin River.  Part survival story, part multi-threaded mystery thriller, and Doiron’s best work to date answers ...
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  • Book Review: Ahab’s Wife, or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

    August 27, 2021Book Review: Ahab's Wife, or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
    Melville makes a passing reference to a wife on Nantucket in Moby Dick…Naslund imagines a full and rich life for Una that weaves in loads of historical detail and context. I found myself rooting for her from the first page and her thoughts and perspective on everything from slavery to marriage to technological advancement feel ...
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  • Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

    August 20, 2021Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon
    In this thriller, we are set on an old estate in Vermont with a brilliant rose garden and an ancient, spring-fed swimming pool. The pool is icy cold and has been rumored to be haunted by a young girl who tries to pull swimmers below. Our main character, Jax, receives multiple phone calls from her ...
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  • Book Review: Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur

    August 13, 2021Book Review: Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur
    One summer night when Adrienne is fourteen, her mother wakes her up to confess that she just kissed her father’s best friend. So begins a story of a codependent mother-daughter relationship, a love affair that spans decades, and a family of larger than life personalities. It’s a memoir that reads like a juicy novel- but ...
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  • Book Review: Later by Stephen King

    August 6, 2021Book Review: Later by Stephen King
    If you’re one of the people who have dismissed Stephen King as being “just” a horror writer, it’s time to give his books another go. King’s handle on reality and relationships is what makes the Stantons loyal readers of his work. This summer read introduces us to a young man who can speak to dead ...
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