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Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

A hilarious look into Lockwood's experience moving back in with her zany Catholic parents as a married adult. The author's father who just so happens to be an unconventional priest will simultaneously confuse you while leaving you in stitches because of his shenanigans. Easily one of the most unique and bizarrely charming memoirs I have ever read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399589287
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

Our nation's first female Supreme Court Justice took an incremental approach to the law. Avoiding sweeping judgments, grandiose language, and cutting dissents, she approached each case rationally and realistically. O'Connor's flexibility placed her in the middle of an often divided court, and made her, during her tenure, the most influential jurist in America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Why Religion?: A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062368539
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

Elaine Pagels is a personal favorite of mine who is an impeccable scholar of Religious History. This time in an intimate memoir that is is so eloquent and elegant- even as your bones feel the scrape of anguish of the internal tumult of Pagels' story; the priority of understanding the gospels is a focus that helps her core being. "Why Religion" also poses the question of why and how does Religion still exists at all in the 21st century; why is Hope inherent in Faith? What I appreciate is how her scholarship became more honed, her clear sightedness never wavered through her tragedies. This is truly a great memoir on so many levels. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire Harman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520399
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

Nearly half a century before prostitutes began encountering an infamous serial killer in the Whitechapel district of the city, another murder galvanized the city of London. The victim was Lord William Russell, a prominent member of a social class that regarded murder among their ranks as more of a personal affront than a brutal crime. Pundits were quick to point out that Lord Russell's gruesome demise was probably inspired by the proliferation of popular novels that, at least in the minds of a titillated public, glorified such depravity. Much to his displeasure, Charles Dickens was included among the inflammatory cadre of authors. This book is both a compelling murder mystery and an insightful look at the impact of popular culture on public behavior.


Down Below by Leonora Carrington - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681370606
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 18th, 2017

Carrington’s Down Below while unlike her eccentric fiction is itself a horrifically surreal memoir. After her lover the Surrealist Max Ernst is interned in a concentration camp, Carrington has a mental breakdown and is herself committed (by her family no less) to a vicious asylum in Spain. She lucidly describes not only her own mental state but also the terrible medical treatments she endured before her final escape with the help of her old nursemaid arriving via submarine, and her subsequent escape from her before making her way to North America where she would become one of Mexico’s greatest painters. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir by Jonathan Santlofer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143132493
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Published: Penguin Books - July 10th, 2018

"I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Santlofer speaks of grief as a series of details preceding and trailing behind the sudden death of his wife. It does not read as a heinously uplifting account of the ways grief can inspire and better ourselves; it is instead like a conversation with a friend who knows exactly what you are going through. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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