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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

This is truly one of the most interesting and amazing books I have read in many a year. It is the true story of growing up and escaping a complicated and dysfunctional family in rural Idaho. Her parents are survivalists and extreme Mormons who choose not to send Tara to school or take their kids to the doctor, even when terrible accidents happen to them. There are many dynamics and unbelievable events in this book, but what really stands out for me is the way she is able to reveal the steady, although erratic, opening of her mind to the larger world. Her perspective of what is normal and right changes as she is exposed to more people and gets an education. Educated is everything a book should be - gut wrenching, fascinating, moving and forceful enough to make you take a fresh look at your own life. I highly recommend it! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Escape Artist: Memoir of a Visionary Artist on Death Row by William A. Noguera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781609807979
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Published: Seven Stories Press - January 16th, 2018

Escape Artist is a gripping, sad, inspirational and amazing story of being on death row in America's worst prison and, more interestingly, the emotional journey that got Mr. Noguera into prison and how he evolved into a world-class artist and rehabilitated human being. This book is fascinating on many levels. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Tangerine by Christine Mangan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

Tangerine is a superbly written journey of the relationship between two young women and the power of love and loss. The book goes in directions unexpected and satisfying while engaging the reader by presenting mesmerizing psychological watercolors of deep subtlety. I got lost in this book. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781944700553
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Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

MEM is a mind bending exploration of what it means to be human. In this tight, gripping novel doctors have the ability to extract people's traumatic memories. These memories become people, sort of... Or maybe not. And what happens to the people who abuse the procedure? How do our memories shape our lives? MEM is a great read, especially for those interested in the ethics and strange reality of how new technologies impact the human condition. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062690968
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Published: Harper - February 6th, 2018

A heart wrenching story of a child forced to lose his innocence. Set in the Australian outback in the years of settlement, Only Killers And Thieves is a brutal filleting of frontier life, race relations, and the ambition of men. The characters are unforgettable and the writing is effortless yet juicy. Such a great read. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Camino Island by John Grisham - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385543026
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Published: Doubleday - June 6th, 2017

Camino Island is a fun mystery, especially so because it has books and booksellers as central characters. What could be better? Rare Fitzgerald manuscripts get stolen from Princeton in a brazen heist and we follow the adventure through the eyes of a young writer sent undercover. Filled with wacky characters and a sustained pace, Camino Island is a summer read for anyone. Enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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