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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


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


All the Way to the Tigers: A Memoir by Mary Morris - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385546096
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Published: Nan A. Talese - June 9th, 2020

All the Way to the Tigers offers an unpresumptuous view into two events that profoundly altered Mary Morris's life - a fall on a NY skating rink that threatened her ability to ever walk again, and much later, her courageous solo trip to India where she rides in an open jeep on Safari through the heart of jungle preserves seeking the most elusive, intelligent, and all powerful killing machines on the planet - the Bengal tiger. I highly recommend this as inspiration for anyone who thinks their time for adventure has passed them by. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2020

Sure, I'll TALK TO SOMEONE (Lori Gottlieb's bestseller is a great comp), but I will never do GROUP. But I ravenously read about it. Christie Tate did it, does it, and tells us everything. Brilliant and successful professionally, Tate desired what, for her, seemed as unattainable as the holy grail. Taking us into the room where it happened, Tate introduces us to the group that accompanied her on her quest. An amazing memoir that is as entertaining as it is heartbreaking. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250155931
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 1st, 2020

Maine mill town memoir. Arsenault sifts through her home town's and family's histories, confronting the paper mill's dual legacies of economic ballast and environmental and physical destruction. As the mill's ownership flees into obscure corporate configurations, and its equipment and workers age, the remaining legacy unevenly balances life and death. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by Helen Jukes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524747862
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Published: Pantheon - May 5th, 2020

Part memoir, part nature journal. This is a lovely blend of personal narrative, research into the history of beekeeping, and dedicated observation. Jukes has just moved to Oxford and a new job, and there are many parallels and observations of community, through the coming together of a new hive, and those of the human experience. As she takes us through a year of her hive, we witness her growing confidence as a beekeeper, but also as a part of her new environment. It’s an excellent exploration of relationships, especially those between humans and the wild, and I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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