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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
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

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735211179
Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

My Absolute Darling dug its claws into me deep and hard. The main character, a 14 year old girl struggling in a very difficult home, is as memorable a character as I have read in years. Her relationship with her father is a high-tension electric wire and her searching is believable and raw and poignant. If you like fiction that moves you, that stretches you, that raises questions about love, family and what it is to be human, this book is for you. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

The Sellout by Paul Beatty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

The Sellout is superb on many levels. It is a perfect mix of searing satire, spot-on social commentary, and a laugh out loud funny story of a man exploring his place in the world. This book won he Man Booker prize in 2016 and deserved every accolade. If you are at all interested in exploring race in America, this is a must-read title because it takes you on an unexpected journey guided by humor, honesty and truth. Thoroughly enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307958198
Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

This is a great read for people interested in science, particularly what has happened in the century since Einstein's theory of relativity was presented. It details the interesting, sometime odd, passionate and brilliant people who have worked to measure gravitational waves and, therefore, prove that black holes exist as theorized. Sounds much more dry that it is - Levin does a good job bringing the quest to life and explaining just enough science to make it interesting but not overwhelming to a layperson. The decades of hard work and experimentation that have gone into this effort are amazing and the scientists are characters. Good read! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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