Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393651645
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019

Everybody knows about lip-syncing. But fake playing? Believe it. In the early 2000's, the author made a living playing violin in front of dead microphones while loud recorded music by "The Composer" for whom she worked enraptured his adoring fans. In addition to being as kooky a true story as I have recently encountered, this is also a moving coming of age memoir. Hindman grew up in rural West Virginia, went to college at Columbia University, and wanted nothing more than to be a journalist in the Middle East. An expressive meditation on identity and authenticity. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Video Games You Will Never Play: Black and White by Luca Taborelli - Book Review

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By Luca Taborelli, Frank Gasking (Foreword by), Shane Gill (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781537643793
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - August 30th, 2016

I realize this is the nichest of niche interests for this title, but I find myself coming back to this time and time again. Spun out of the fan-created website Unseen64, Video Games You Will Never Play is a first-of-its-kind archive of information on cancelled games that never saw the light of day. Thousands of games have turned into "vaporware" over the years, leaving fans with thoughts of "what if?" I cannot recommend this enough. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

Spring Warm Up

Notes from the Shire by Nate

It’s mid-February. That means it’s almost March, which means it’s time to start thinking about Spring. Just because it’s below freezing and we could still get another snow storm doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for warmer weather. Here’s a few ideas to get the most out of the late winter and spring seasons.


An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

Coming from different backgrounds, it was inevitable that Roy and Celestial would face challenges, but when Roy is sent to prison for 12 years for a crime he didn't commit, the cracks between the couple become fissures. Two decent, loving people, whose delicate marriage has been ravaged by a racist society, inexorably move away from each other. Unsparingly honest about the vulnerabilities of human bonds. One of the best books of the year, by far. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534426139
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Published: Simon Pulse - March 19th, 2019

They really are lovely girls. They are so well-behaved. Never a hair out of place. Never a troubled expression. Never a foul word. Or thought. And their appearance: flawless. Why should anything ever change? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

New Kid by Jerry Craft - Book Review

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By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: HarperCollins - February 5th, 2019

Jordan Banks is a seventh grader starting a new school, not the art school he was hoping for, and also not the one all his neighborhood friends go to. His parents are sending him to a private school known for it’s academic excellence, and he is one of the few kids of color to attend. Jordan has to learn how to find his place, and be true to himself, in both his new school, and with the new dynamic he has with his friends at home.This book tackles many issues, such as racism, bullying, and fitting in, with great style and a lot of humor. It’s a great addition to the graphic novel genre. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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