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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

This is an insightful, oftentimes funny, and moving look at a Jewish family from New York's Lower East Side. Four young siblings work up the courage to visit a fortune teller on Hester Street who supposedly has the ability to name the day when someone will die. Although they try to dismiss her a as charlatan, the things that she tells them haunt them into adulthood, becoming even more ominous when her predictions of death begin to come true. The author injects such a vibrant life into each of her four principal characters that the reader regards the approaching date with much the same apprehension that they do. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

Coming from different backgrounds, it was inevitable that Roy and Celestial would face challenges, but when Roy is sent to prison for 12 years for a crime he didn't commit, the cracks between the couple become fissures. Two decent, loving people, whose delicate marriage has been ravaged by a racist society, inexorably move away from each other. Unsparingly honest about the vulnerabilities of human bonds. One of the best books of the year, by far. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Bigotry needs a disguise. It might be cloaked in white bed sheets or it might lurk on the immaculately tended grounds of a school. It existed at the Nickel Academy unbeknownst to most people until the exhumations began on a part of the campus known ominously as Boot Hill. Elwood Curtis was a young black student with a promising future until he accepted a ride in a stolen car and was sent to Nickel, where the state of Florida consigned all their troubled and abandoned boys. Although the new novel by the author of The Underground Railroad is set over a century later, the signs that denote a dead end to most black lives in America are still firmly implanted, withstanding the buffets of change, and challenging our comfortable notions that we have come a long way since the Civil War. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

There were very few things in Alabama during the 1970s that involved more risk than being related to Reverend Willie Maxwell. One by one, members of his family turned up dead. They all had one thing in common besides a close relationship to the Reverend. Unbeknownst to the recently deceased, he had taken out a multitude of life insurance policies on them and, with the help of an astute lawyer named Tom Radney, he collected tens of thousands of dollars from infuriated insurance companies and fended off investigations by frustrated state officials. When Willie himself was summarily dispatched at the funeral of his stepdaughter, Mr. Radney assumed the task of defending the man who shot him in front of 300 people. This would be a mesmerizing true crime story on its own merit, but the Maxwell case became the focus of years of research by Harper Lee, who hoped to repeat the success that her mentor, Truman Capote, had enjoyed with In Cold Blood. This is bound to be one of the year's best nonfiction books. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

The Green River Killer, the Son of Sam, the Unibomber, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper. For too long the list of Epic Villains has been dominated by men. Lizzie Borden, after all, can only be credited with two murders and a good lawyer. This fascinating expose offers a compelling argument that the female sex can be every bit as lethal as its male counterpart. The overriding message seems to be that, if you have any suspicions at all about the woman who is offering you a brownie, feed a bit of it to the dog before you take a bite. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The Man from the Train: Discovering America's Most Elusive Serial Killer by Bill James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476796260
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

The circumstances were almost always the same. A small town and a house that wasn't far from railroad tracks. The dead of night when the family was asleep. An axe. Afterwards, the bodies were covered, the curtains were all drawn, and the home was locked up tight. No one ever survived. It was years before authorities realized that they were dealing with one of the most prolific and savage serial killers in the country's history. This is a story that may rattle even the most hardened consumer of true crime books. You have been warned! ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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