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  • Book Review: The Nickel Boys

    September 5, 2019
    I started The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead with low expectations.   Because of my own tastes as a reader, I was not as awed as the rest of the world by his 2016 bestseller, The Underground Railroad.  I could not completely buy into Whitehead’s magical realism and his fantastical vision of an actual railroad, secretly ...
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  • Book Review: Priestdaddy: A Memoir

    August 28, 2019
    For the only time that I can remember, I finished a book, turned to the title page, and read it again. Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy: A Memoir is that good: witty, perceptive, and crafted. She’s a poet, and it shows, the imagery and the diction are that vibrant. Priestdaddy is the story of a ...
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  • Book Review: What to Do When I’m Gone

    August 15, 2019
    What to Do When I’m Gone is a collaboration of wisdom shared between a mother and her daughter in a graphic novel format. Suzy Hopkins, a former newspaper reporter, explores the topic of death and offers advice to her daughter about living. Her daughter, Hallie Bateman, is an illustrator and author, and provides ...
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  • In Memoriam: Toni Morrison (1931 – 2019)

    August 7, 2019
    “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how ...
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  • Book Review: Coco Chanel

    August 2, 2019
    Coco Chanel by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara Even fashion icons start out little and have big dreams! Coco Chanel challenged and changed the way women wear clothes forever. Follow the career of the infamous Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Chanel in a charity hospital in France. As she grew up, she sewed by day and sang at ...
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  • Book Review: Three Little Words

    July 23, 2019
    Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter This amazing and epic tale begins as Ashley is being taken from her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, along with her half-brother Alex.  “Sunshine,” her mother says, “You must mind the one taking care of you, but she’s not your mama.”  Thus, the stage is set for years and years ...
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  • Book Review: Inspector John Madden Series

    July 12, 2019
    Rennie Airth, born in South Africa but now a resident of Italy, began the Inspector John Madden series in 1999 with River of Darkness. The novel was inspired by his uncle, a soldier in World War I. The crime the Scotland Yard detective takes on is set in rural England in the postwar years. A ...
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  • Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

    July 4, 2019
    If you like to get to know people by asking them about their favorite books, read this. Take it to the beach and devour it in an afternoon; revel in its tidy celebrations of the transformative power of love and the power of a good book. A.J. Fikry owns a struggling independent book ...
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  • Book Review: Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Explosion

    June 28, 2019
    Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Explosion is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the tragedy of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant explosion in 1986 from the perspective of those who suffered the greatest. Author Svetlana Alexievich traveled around Russia in the regions close to Chernobyl and gathered the stories of those ...
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  • Book Review: Economix: How our economy works (and doesn’t work) in words and pictures by Michael Goodwin, illustrated by Dan E. Burr

    June 21, 2019
    I cannot for the life of me believe how much I enjoyed this book!  Who would have believed that a book about the economy could offer entertainment and even humor?  That I would look forward to picking off a chapter every night, and learn so much about such a “dry” subject?  That I would find comfort in understanding just ...
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