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The Snakes: A Novel by Sadie Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062897022
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Published: Harper - June 25th, 2019

A beautifully crafted novel that builds the tension provocatively in a manner which will grip you and not let go. It begins as our protagonists, a young professional couple, go on vacation, stopping by a hotel that is run by the wife’s brother, only to find that the hotel has no guests, bar the snakes in the title, and to be surprised by the unexpected arrival of her parents. When tragedy strikes, the true nature of this, anything but normal, family begins to be slowly, but shockingly, revealed. Capturing many of today’s issues, along with the age old troublesome dynamics of family, this is such a brilliantly told story, I can’t recommend highly enough. Gripping, suspenseful and sublime. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Time Song: Journeys in Search of a Submerged Land by Julia Blackburn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101871676
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Published: Pantheon - August 6th, 2019

Such an interesting book, Blackburn has combined memoir, travelogue and history in this journey to a lost land, known as Doggerland, not to mention the poems: the time songs which are interspersed throughout the book. Doggerland is a name given to the land that used to connect Great Britain to the rest of Europe, and is now submerged beneath the North Sea. We are treated to almost a treasure hunt through history in the way the author guides us through this intriguing land, and the flora and fauna that inhabited it. An absolute gem of a book!


The Chain by Adrian McKinty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316531269
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 9th, 2019

Rachel is living every parent's worst nightmare - her child has been kidnapped. Oh, but it gets worse. So much worse. In order to get her daughter back safely, Rachel must kidnap and possibly even kill another child. And so continues the diabolical scheme known as The Chain. This is an intensely gripping and horrifying mystery with surprisingly intellectual mythological roots. I devoured the whole thing in one evening. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle


A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735225237
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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

Just as every wine has its own story, Timothy Egan realizes near the end of his historical travel log, A Pilgrimage to Eternity, every body has a tale to tell. Crossing Chaucer with Bunyan, Egan sojourns in search of those tales, progressing along the Via Francigena, from Canterbury to Rome, a spiritual journey along which he hears narratives on and about the men who have ruled Christian Europe for centuries, and the women whose ministrations have uplifted hearts with their faith. Yet even as the tales diminish his own religious beliefs, Egan remains hopeful the entire path that he will gain audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City, whose namesake saint's only performed miracles were acts of compassion and love, faith by which Egan is touched to the very soul of Christian lore. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

Hiram Walker was born into the hell of slavery in Virginia. His father was the master of the plantation. His mother left while he was a child. Hiram possessed an extraordinary gift and he would use it to bring others trapped in the dark misery of bondage into the light of freedom in the North. This is a powerful and eloquent chronicle of the devastation wrought by an institution that still should shame the nation's consciousness. The novel is infused with mysticism and the redeeming power of love and family. Coates constantly reminds us that man's capacity for inflicting cruelty is only surpassed by the indomitable will and determination of the victims of that inhumanity to triumph over it. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

“If it's only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere...This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence and misery behind you..”. It is hard to exactly put into words the profound impact that this poignant, epic telling of a migrant’s arduous journey had on me. It is a beautifully written and timely book that puts a human face on those seeking asylum. Heart-wrenching and filled with humanity. You will never look at this issue the same again, I know I won’t. EVERYONE should read this book! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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