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  • Book Review: Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have

    October 11, 2019
    It seems absurd to us now that humans once thought the world was flat, but I always get a kick out of pondering: which practices are humans performing this very minute that will seem equally absurd to future generations?  In Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, former New York Times science ...
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  • Book Review: North American Lake Monsters

    October 4, 2019
    This 2013 short story collection by Nathan Ballingrud won the Shirley Jackson award. I found it while combing around for good short stories that have monsters as central figures, whether real or imagined. After reading one of two in this collection, I couldn’t put it down. The author’s deftly woven and beautifully written ...
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  • Book Review: Lousiana’s Way Home

    September 27, 2019
    Louisiana Elefante has a voice that can sing! In Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo, twelve-year-old Louisiana is going to need to use her talents and sing for her supper. You see, Louisiana has a family curse on her head and the day of reckoning (according to Granny) has arrived. Louisiana is separated ...
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  • Book Review: Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

    September 19, 2019
    Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, by Margaret Renkl In this unconventional memoir, Renkl blends evocative recollections of her family with insightful observations of the natural world outside her home in Nashville. Told in brief essays, Renkl’s narrative eases seamlessly between the past and the present, bringing the reader from the red dirt roads of her childhood in Alabama to the ...
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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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