The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643750279
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 6th, 2021

A gothic mystery set in a remote girl's school. An old case dredges up past tensions when a journalist decides to write a piece about a girl that went missing, possibly along with one of her teachers, right before the school she boarded at was closed. Maybe this time the mystery will be solved, as repressed memories and emotions resurface. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The White Book by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Translated from its original Korean, The White Book is Han Kang's reflections on the color white. She writes of the present, of an expat narrator living in snow swept Warsaw, fixated on the clean whiteness of winter and the blank page they are desperately trying to fill. She writes of the past, expanding on the story her mother told her about the older sister that died shortly after birth; grieving the sibling relationship that never was, but knowing that her own existence was dependent on that tragedy. Han Kang's writing is beautiful yet brief; every word is necessary and clearly well picked. I also highly recommend checking out the audiobook, and am looking forward to reading her other works. ~ Reviewed by Annabelle Mackson

Passing by Nella Larsen - Book Review

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By Nella Larsen, Emily Bernard (Introduction by), Thadious M. Davis (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780142437278
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

With the drama of a soap opera and the complexities of the racially segregated 1920s, Passing is a thoughtful and intellectually charged novel about two reunited black women who were once childhood friends, but have come to live very different lives after one of them marries a chauvinistic white man. Fueled with regret, jealousy, truth, and tragedy, Passing is undoubtedly an important and eloquently written piece of American history. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories by Kathleen Collins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062484154
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Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2016

A posthumous collection of beautiful short stories written by Collins during the 1960s civil rights movement about the complicated relationships between men and women of different races and backgrounds. This collection taught me that just because a story is short, does not mean that it cannot be filled to the brim with depth and complexity. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

The Guide: A novel by Peter Heller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525657767
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Published: Knopf - August 24th, 2021

As he has done in his previous novels, Heller expertly mixes maximum thrills with expressive nature writing as he returns readers to the life of Jack, the tragic hero of The River. In his new job as a guide at an exclusive fishing lodge, Jack often asks himself "what could be better" as he spends his hours on a prime stretch of trout water. It takes little time at all for him to notice that something seems off at Kingfisher Lodge though. And as he and his client uncover the resort's peculiarities to reveal pure evil, you might ask yourself, "what could be worse?" ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Manningtree Witches by A. K. Blakemore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

Set in early 1640’s England, we follow the brave and young Rebecca West and a group of women in their small village, Manningtree, just as a stranger named Matthew “Witchfinder General'' Hopkins enters the town and stirs up speculations about witchcraft and covens. A thoroughly researched historical-retelling, while simultaneously delivering a contemporary narrative. Blakemore delivers a bone-chilling, true-to-history novel meant to educate and shock readers on the harsh realities of the English witch hunts that ultimately led to the infamous Salem trials in the U.S. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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