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Hench: A Novel by Natalie Zina Walschots - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Hilarious. Picture a superhero movie and now forget both the hero and the villain. Think of all the people working in the background. This is where you would find Anna, an office temp that happens to prefer working for supervillains. Just a cog working on spreadsheets until she is accidentally injured by a superhero. After running spreadsheets tracking the deaths and damage caused by the superheroes she realizes they need to be stopped. In today's world the fastest way to wreck someone's life is to weaponize data and with the resources granted her by her employer Anna is on a mission to dispense her own form of justice. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Northernmost: A novel by Peter Geye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525655756
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Published: Knopf - August 18th, 2020

A cross-generational, dual-POV novel. In 1897, a Norwegian man lost for weeks in the Arctic returns home on the day of his own funeral. In 2017, his great-great-granddaughter travels from Minnesota to Norway to cope with the dissolution of her marriage. This book intersects physical and emotional loss in a really interesting way. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Empire of Wild: A Novel by Cherie Dimaline - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062975942
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Published: William Morrow - July 28th, 2020

This wonderful novel explores so many elements of the human psyche and also the traditional myths of the First Nations Peoples; the Metis of Canada. Dark and earthy, Empire... is told by a Native artist who is a true wordsmith. Here is the story of a grief stricken woman who is haunted by her husband's disappearance twinned together with the traditional lore of the Rougarou; Werewolves and the men they haunt. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell - Book Review

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By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Mrs. Bridge the character is a stultifyingly conventional upper-class American housewife in the 1930s and 40s. Mrs. Bridge the novel, told in brief, pithy episodes with humor, tenderness, wit, and poignancy, transforms that conventionality into timeless, lonely beauty. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Afterlife by Julia Alvarez - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643750255
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

Heartache in three directions. Antonia's husband dies, her sister goes missing, and an undocumented, pregnant teenager shows up on her doorstep to ask for help. Interestingly, the tension is rooted in Antonia's deep desire to be selfish and abandon those who need her. So good. Plus, it's set in Vermont!


The River: A novel by Peter Heller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525563532
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

If you just finished Where the Crawdads Sing and are absolutely itching to find another author who will send you that deep into the natural world again, this is the one to read. Like Delia Owens, Heller is a nonfiction-nature-writer-turned-novelist. Like Crawdads, the description in this book is so good that you barely even care what the plot is. Dark, twisty, and very deeply rooted in place. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


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