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Mercury Pictures Presents: A Novel by Anthony Marra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451495204
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Published: Hogarth - August 2nd, 2022

The pretense of art is more elusive than Garbo at Mercury Pictures. The company churns out B movies on shoestring budgets under the watchful eyes of Artie Feldman and his brother Ned, two men who don't particularly like each other. Although Mercury is a minor player in Hollywood, barely managing a meow while the MGM lion roars, the coming of the Second World War changes the studio's fortune--for better and for worse. Although it is largely told from the perspective of people who work in an industry that subsists on illusions, this brilliantly original novel projects a beam of light through the dark days of one of the bleakest periods in history. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings (Modern Library Torchbearers) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Book Review

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By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Halle Butler (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780593231258
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Published: Modern Library - March 2nd, 2021

With shocking immediacy, Gilman delves into the deepest dungeons of a mind coming unglued. The narrator's misplaced fidelity to her husband and her increased isolation create a brittle tension that make her panicked descent into madness as inevitable as it is unforgettable. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel by Anne Tyler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553394399
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Published: Vintage - April 26th, 2016

A story that spans three generations of the Whitshanks, a loving but troubled family living in the suburbs of Baltimore. As they go through the trials and tribulations that come with building a family, the process of aging, and the daily struggle to find a purpose, each Whitshank follows their own path to self discovery while maintaining a strong familial bond. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525432722
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

A perfect collection of short stories from the hilariously brilliant mind of the creator of Bojack Horseman. These stories are heartbreaking, heartwarming, and wonderfully bizarre. Once you're done reading them you'll crave more of the variety of subjects such as drunk superheroes, presidential themed amusement parks, and minion wristwatches. It's a definite must read for all who love delightfully eccentric material. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525509592
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Published: Random House - October 18th, 2022

Impeccably crafted stories of characters striving, with varying success, to form a valid connection with family, strangers, the world at large, or themselves. Even the gruesomely realistic and strange science fiction tales are laced with humor, and with his precise language, Saunders again proves his mastery of the short story. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc by Katherine J. Chen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984855800
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Published: Random House - July 5th, 2022

I was so happy to find this wholly new take on the life of Joan of Arc. Rather than deifying Joan, the author skillfully chose to portray her secularly as a flesh and blood, strong-willed and prideful young woman who, rather than being ruled by faith, is driven by her belief in king and country. Because of her hardscrabble upbringing, she sees herself as a strong warrior. “And she thought, Faith didn’t save her life, and I would rather have the strength that keeps me alive to see a new morning.” The author creates such a complete and complex character you will be drawn deep into the book and not want it to end. A beautiful, beautiful book. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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