Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Instead of vowing vengeance after their beloved daughters are killed, two men, one an Israeli and the other a Palestinian, work to bring their wounded nations together. This is a powerful examination of a seemingly unquenchable conflagration, fueled by mistrust and hatred, that has consumed the peace and wellbeing of the people who live in its path. Unsparing in its commitment to bring the carnage into vivid relief for the reader, this novel is also an eloquent plea for the immeasurable value of simply putting the weapons aside and talking to one another. McCann has utilized a strikingly original concept, enriching his book with historical tributaries that give the central story a sad, tragic,and ultimately uplifting ring of truth. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316420006
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 11th, 2020

In a departure from her hugely popular, annual Nantucket beach book, Elin Hilderbrand looks back at the summer she was born, 1969, and how an island family's three generations of women are affected by that decade's politically dynamic ending. With each chapter head citing rock music lyrics, Hildebrand highlights the Aquarian age's dawn, when while men team to land other men on the moon, send sons to play hero in other men's fight against Vietnam, and abandon the women they marry and impregnate, the women still suffer unwanted sexual advances, self-sacrifice, and the alibis needed when men live like a Kennedy at Chappaquiddick. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci

Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

This is a truly beautiful coming-of-age story about a boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he loses his entire family. How he is able to move on is due to the compassion and insight shown by the people who enter his life and give him the strength to rebuild himself. A heartbreaking story of survival, you will fall in love with Edward and the people who wrap their arms around him and guide him back towards life. The book goes back and forth from the day of the crash to the present, leading up to that fateful and shattering moment. Although the premise is tragic, the story is uplifting and Edward's recovery miraculous. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

A refreshing take on questioning society's expectations and understanding what it means to be content with what one already has. Although most readers will not assume that they can empathize with the unusual main character, Murata finds a way to make you realize that you're not so different from the convenience store woman after all. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Not quite a memoir, but not quite a book of short stories, Little Weirds gives you a glimpse into the creative mind of the lovable comedian, Jenny Slate. With many stories bordering on magical realism, Little Weirds is sure to inspire and awaken your traditional way of thinking. Almost impossible to put into words, Slate has truly written a book that is unique and thoughtful. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Disappearing Earth: A novel by Julia Phillips - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

This is one of the few novels that I have immediately fallen in love with and dared to declare a literary masterpiece. Told with a large cast of female characters, I became enraptured as I saw their stories weave together to uncover the mysterious disappearance of two young girls and the history behind the Russian peninsula they all inhabit. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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