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The Flatshare: A Novel by Beth O'Lear - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250295637
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 28th, 2019

A completely delightful, charming and romantic debut novel from an author I know I’ll be following from now on. Tiffy is reeling from a particularly bad break-up and needs somewhere to live asap, the downside is, it needs to be cheap. So, when she finds an ad for a flatshare she jumps on it. She’ll have the apartment from 6pm through the night until 9am and weekends, and her flatmate, Leon, will have it from 9am through 6pm everyday, therefore never meeting. However, they get in the habit of leaving each other notes, and find it’s easier to really learn to know someone you’ve never seen, than either one of them could have predicted. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781644450314
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2020

This memoir left me with a choking knot in my throat because of the life the author has led so far. The power of Wayetu's wordcraft is so strong that she sweeps you up and holds the reader rapt to the point where I had to reread passages because the construction was so beautiful that I missed the action. It also happened in reverse and, believe me, you don't want to miss any part of this painful, powerful, and regenerative odyssey through the life of a child in war torn Liberia and as an immigrant. One of the most important memoirs I have read in a long time. Comparable to A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

If it matters: this was my first foray into the "Horror" genre. (That's the dept we file it in.) And to be sure, there was, ultimately, quite some gruesome passages in here. Overall, though, I was impressed with the scientific reality brought to bear by Brooks on this unprecedented display of Big Foot aggression chronicled in 1st hand journal form. Very astutely, he brings existing knowledge and observations from the fields of zoology and, most specifically, primatology into sharp focus in analyzing this post-volcanic Big Foot ape attack on the ultra-eco conscious mountain community of Green Loop.
Did you think that big hairy ape was our friend? Think again. And if you do come across a Sasquatch in the woods and must take a video, do it while running for your life; please, I beg of you. The image will have a lot of blur and vibration to it, but we're all used to that. Just run. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


Catherine House: A Novel by Elisabeth Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062905659
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Published: Custom House - May 12th, 2020

"Trust us, you belong here..."
Catherine House is a delightful drama following troubled teenager Ines throughout her studies at this prestigious school hidden in the woods of Pennsylvania. Catherine produces some of the most successful and brightest minds in the country, but the strict rules and mystery behind Catherine’s foundations are what keep you turning each page. It’s not the characters that hold the dark, sensual atmosphere in this story, but the house itself. This house that seems to hold so many secrets, home to students so grateful to be within its gates that they dare not ask questions. Reading the ambiguous ending of this story feels like awakening from a hazy dream, and you’ll be so fascinated by Catherine that you’ll need not to ask questions, too. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Little Eyes: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525541363
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 5th, 2020

Little Eyes presented itself to be a sci-fi tale about people connecting across the globe through futuristic, animal-like toys called kentuki’s, but slowly revealed itself to be a horror on the dangers of online networking. With kentuki’s (imagine a iPhone as a stuffed animal on wheels), a person can either be a “dweller,” the anonymous controller of the toy, or the “keeper,” its owner. Through this lens, Schweblin highlights the present issues of connecting with strangers online and allowing them access to your home and life, and the darker impulses humans can have through these connections. The sharp and sudden ending feels like an inescapable freefall. Fans of Black Mirror will feel right at home with this story! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Reconsidering Reagan: Racism, Republicans, and the Road to Trump by Daniel S. Lucks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807029572
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Published: Beacon Press - August 4th, 2020

Severe critique of Ronald Reagan's record on Civil Rights. Lucks argues that Reagan, while vehemently denying personal animosity toward minorities, consistently and callously advocated and implemented policies that stalled or reversed the prospect of equal rights for all Americans. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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