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  • Book Review: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

    December 19, 2018
    The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Joanna Cannon When I started this book, I told a colleague that I was predisposed to dislike it because the first few chapters are told from the perspective of 10-year-old Grace. Too charming for me, I thought. I stuck with it though, and I am glad. There are ...
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  • Book Review: One Goal

    December 19, 2018
    One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought A Divided Town Together Amy Bass From Kirkus Reviews: United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Lewiston was once a nearly all-white mill town on the verge of economic collapse. Then hundreds of Somali refugees poured into the ...
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  • Book Review: The Woman in the Window

    December 19, 2018
    The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn One word of advice if you pick up A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window: be prepared to clear your schedule. Once you get into the story, you won’t be able to walk away. Anna Fox, once a child-psychologist who seemed to have it all, is suffering from ...
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  • Book Review: The Paris Architect

    December 19, 2018
    The Paris Architect Charles Befoure During the French Occupation, Lucien Bernard, a gifted, ambitious, unemployed, 35-year-old Parisian architect, despite his best attempts to remain uninvolved in the war, finds himself living a dangerously duplicitous life, engaged to design arsenals for the Reich, and on the other hand, accepting secret commissions by a prospective wealthy client who intends ...
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  • Book Review: The Immortalists

    December 19, 2018
    The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin Here’s the premise of this story: in 1969, four siblings between the ages of seven and 14 summon up the courage to take a trip from their New York City apartment to visit a psychic in lower Manhattan. Her ability, she claims, is that she can tell people the date of ...
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  • Book Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here

    December 19, 2018
    10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac Maeve is utterly sick and disgusted with people’s banal response to her anxiety. She’s heard it all. “Just relax!” they say. “Calm down! Smile! It will all be okay!” Blah, blah, blah. Sure, she thinks, when there are a million ...
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  • Book Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

    December 19, 2018
    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman After her grandmother dies, eight-year-old Elsa is entrusted to deliver a batch of letters to people her grandmother had somehow wronged in life. While it sounds simple enough, the story that Backman constructs around this basic plot line is rich with details and quite entertaining. ...
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  • Book Review: Public Library and Other Stories

    December 13, 2018
    Public Library and Other Stories (2016) Ali Smith What better way to conclude National Library Week than with a quick review of Ali Smith’s short story collection, an homage to public libraries? Smith is one of England’s best novelists; this book was published in 2015, at a time when budget cuts were forcing the closure of ...
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  • Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

    December 13, 2018
    Children of Blood and Bone (2018) Tomi Adeyemi On an alternate African continent, there used to be magic. There used to be healing magic. There used to be killing magic. There is no magic any more, as the king has silenced it. He has acquired all of the magical artifacts and taken them away from those who ...
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  • Book Review: New Boy

    December 13, 2018
    New Boy (2017) Tracy Chevalier In this modern retelling of Othello, set in a 1970s Washington, D.C. schoolyard, a single day changes the characters for their entire lives. Osei “O” Kokote is the son of a diplomat from Ghana. He is the only African American at his new school. Surrounded by white kids who have been shaped by ...
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