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Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781941040706
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Published: Tin House Books - August 1st, 2017

A slim, assertive memoir about confronting and preparing for death. Both staggering and comforting, this book is an essential and remarkable meditation on mortality. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501169359
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2017

Poet Nina Riggs died from metastatic breast cancer at the age of thirty-nine. Her memoir, while set against the knowledge of her approaching death, is about life: its humorous and tender moments, its breathtaking joys and inescapable sorrows. She doesn't dwell on the injustice of her diagnosis or the mutiny of her body; rather, she mourns how little time we all have and how we all must let go of what we love. An achingly beautiful memoir, one that stayed with me for a long time. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

This book singlehandedly saved me from a stubborn reading slump. The manicured, well-ordered neighborhood of Shaker Heights in the mid-nineties forms the backdrop for a big-themed family drama. With colorful characters and an immersive, compelling plot, the novel explores motherhood (its pain and joy, mystery and intimacy) and growing up (what we choose and what we often unknowingly surrender). At its core, it's an engaging story about empathy, one I'm certain will raise you from your own reading rut. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Answers by Catherine Lacey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374100261
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 6th, 2017

Lacey takes familiar questions about love--How do we measure it? Is it a chemical reaction or an inexplicable feeling? Why and how does it end?--and crafts a stunning story. Lonely, buried in debt, and beset by a mysterious illness, Mary responds to a vague advertisement for a project known as the Girlfriend Experiment. The grand brainchild of a superstar actor, the experiment seeks to scientifically monitor the physical state of a person in various stages of love. If the plot sounds outside your comfort zone, I beg you to pick up this novel anyway. Lacey has an amazing ear for the rhythm of language; I found myself reading certain sentences over and over, until I wrote them down to read again later. In short: a crazy good book. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay - Book Review

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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

This breathtaking memoir is about a body: its history, its presence, and its resilience. Gay has been morbidly obese since she was a teenager; her body shaped by forces both violent and loving. With uncompromising grace and honesty, she traces both her own weaknesses and the impact of a world hostile to unruly bodies. Through despair Gay finds a fragile thread of hope and the result is beautiful. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451494481
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Published: Knopf - April 11th, 2017

A meditative, moving account of a marriage and the inescapable velocity of time. With eloquence and grace, Shapiro reckons with chance and choice, the forces that have shaped her life and long term partnership. The love in these pages is precious and delicate; her writing flows with clear wonder at life's accumulated losses, uncertainties, and joys. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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