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Bear Necessity: A Novel by James Gould-Bourn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982128296
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

Charming novel about a father and son navigating their way through a profound loss, that of Danny’s wife, Will’s mother. Will has not spoken since it happened, and Danny doesn’t know how to bring him back out of his defensive shell. Although, both tender and heartwarming, this novel also has all the laughs, especially after Danny loses his job, and out of desperation takes to the streets as a dancing panda bear in order to make a living, pair that with a dodgy landlord who wants to evict them, and an upcoming “Battle of the Street Performers” prize to win, you’ll be turning pages quicker than Danny’s dancing feet to see what happens next. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

The Switch: A Novel by Beth O'Leary - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250769862
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 18th, 2020

Completely adorable new novel from the author The Flatshare. A story of two Eileens, grandmother and granddaughter who find themselves stagnant in their lives and needing a change of pace, so they decide to switch lives. Eileen, 79 years old, moves to London and joins a dating app and Leena moves to a sleepy Yorkshire town in the Dales, and finds herself going to neighborhood watch meetings, and organizing village fetes. They both find themselves connecting with people of different ages to their own, and become the better for it. An endearing novel full of laughs and some tears, that reminds us of the importance of community, and human connection. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982120696
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 28th, 2020

What an incredible book, and one that will haunt you forever. Beautifully written, interwoven with natural history, research, and philosophy on the lives of whales, but also, on so much more. Through learning about these tremendous creatures, we learn so much about ourselves too, and our relationship with, and place in, this world we inhabit. There is so much beauty in the life of a whale, and yet so much sadness from the polluted world we make them live in, but this is true for us too. This book will make you really think, and look through smarter eyes, an incredible work, and an important one. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

I quite simply adored this book!
Luc O’Donnell is famous, for being the more than a little messed up son of rock star parents, and his life is quickly spiralling downward, and most imminently he may lose his job. So, an image overhaul is needed, and a respectable fake boyfriend would go a long way to help, enter Oliver, a barrister, who also needs to show the stability of a relationship, without all the mess of reality. What follows has all the feels, is fun and witty in that snarky, acerbic British way, but is also tender, thoughtful and full of wisdom. What are you waiting for? Read it now! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty

Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

A beautifully lyrical, yet raw, novel about migrations in people, time, and the environment. Humans are very good at hurt, causing it and feeling it, and this novel explores some of the ways we relate badly to each other and the damage we cause. Paralleled throughout is the, possibly last, migration of a flock of arctic terns, and the immense strength they must have to do so, albeit an unconscious one, an innate drive to stay on their designated track, whereas the human struggle is always a choice, although learned habits may make it seem less so. A compelling read. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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