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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

A phenomenally written character study of four college friends, following them throughout their lives. The story centers around Jude, a lawyer with a mysterious past that is slowly unraveled. Jude’s story is heartbreaking and tragic to the highest degree-it is a harrowing and deeply upsetting read. The redemption of A Little Life, however, comes from the stunning portrayal of genuine camaraderie and the importance of meaningful connections in our lives. The brutality of Jude’s story only further exaggerates the value of companionship and love, and highlights the high moments in each characters’ lives. Read with caution because this book will wreck you. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Conversations with Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

Superficially, Conversations With Friends is about two best friends and ex-lovers, Bobbi and Frances, as they strike up an unconventional relationship with a married couple. In typical Rooney fashion, the major strengths of the story come from the simultaneously intellectual and blisteringly honest inner lives of our protagonists, and the shifting dynamics of power that occur between our four main characters and how these dynamics reflect their relations with each other and with themselves. Rooney’s debut novel is a work of brilliance, with each word intentionally and meaningfully chosen- I would read her grocery list if she published it. This was an incredible read by a phenomenal writer. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

Sally Rooney tells it exactly how it is, breaking down the complexities of our relationships to their basest level and shining a light on the nitty gritty intricacies of why we behave the way we do and how, oftentimes, we get in our own way of forming genuine and healthy connections.
Normal People follows the constantly fluctuating dynamics of the relationship between Marianne and Connell from high school through the next few years of their lives. What it lacks in plot it makes up for with brilliant and astute characterization of our protagonists, who feel more like real people than fictional characters. Rooney has created a window through which to peek into the rich and poignant inner lives of two deeply flawed yet entirely genuine people. I adored this book. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Crossroads: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

A new novel from Jonathan Franzen is typically a significant event in the world of American literature- and with good cause. Franzen's strength has always been his ability to portray the minutiae of humanities' ego, id and superego, most specifically as regards the writhing, twisting tortured wranglings beneath the surface of an American family. This is a novel set in the flower-child world of the early 1970s and a family headed by a deeply conflicted associate pastor. Herein lie near-all-consuming religious zeal, horrendous sin, the rippling scars of personal history, and the ever-present power struggles that play out between siblings, spouses, and parents and their children. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel by Paula Hawkins - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735211230
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

Another chilling suspense mystery from Paula Hawkins! A man is found brutally murdered on his houseboat, and the women in his life are all searing with their own feelings of rage, jealousy and vengeance. Hawkins takes you on a slow, smoky journey through the trauma of each narrator, their connection to the victim and one another, venturing off the main plot to other interesting side mysteries and plots, until you reach the pinnacle, fiery finale. You’ll feel hate, sadness, fury and love for these characters despite the dark roads they take you on, and leave burning for more. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas by Tom Wessels - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781643260099
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Published: Timber Press - September 14th, 2021

A fascinating guide to the natural wonders of the region. Easily accessible and easily traversed hikes. Wessels' "Forensic Natural History" uncovers the stories of how these places came to be. Bogs and dunes and mountains and forests. Possibly the coolest hiking guide I've ever seen. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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