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The Book of You

The Book of You: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062297617
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 5th, 2015

This book was so well-written, so realistic, and so twisted that I was immediately plunged into Clarissa's personal hell of her living her life avoiding becoming an object of desire to a stalker. Random routes to jury duty, different departure times to catch the train, changing her phone number, nothing is stopping Rafe from following Clarissa's every move and it's slowly pushing her over the edge of anxiety into madness. The police are no help - they need solid proof that he is a threat - and thus begins Clarissa's thorough and obsessive notation and collection of every personal violation he has committed against her that include unwanted gifts, death roses, love letters and texts, ringing her doorbell incessantly, threats, assaults, and the promise to Clarissa that "No other man can do to you what I can. No other man will love you like I do. . . . ".

It's a fast and disturbing read that makes your heart race and the back of your neck prickle. A read that makes you look over your shoulder and your breath catch in your throat, a work of fiction that is so accurate in its depiction of the lengths a person must go for legal protection that it is made all the more terrifying with a shocking ending that simultaneously broke my heart and allowed me a sigh of relief that it was over. Want to go for a ride on an emotional roller coaster? Read this book. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


The Invention of Wings

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The Invention of Wings: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

I could not get enough of this historical novel about early abolitionists and feminists Sarah and Angelina Grimke! This is a fast-paced read that is sure to pique your interest in these infamous sisters and will entertain you as the pair fight against Southern etiquette and customs, creating scandals and changing our history. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


Children's Crusade

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The Children's Crusade: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781476710457
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2015

A compassionate doctor, his agitated wife, and their four children deal with old grudges, lost opportunities, and festering jealousies. Spanning 30 years and told from each character’s point of view, your heart will ache as the family as a whole reaches for happiness. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


How to Be a Heroine

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How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781101872093
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

A smart and witty reflection of the female characters who helped shaped Ellis' life. If you're a fan of My Life in Middlemarch pick this book up now... and be prepared to reread every book listed in the extensive bibliography. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


A Path Appears

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385349918
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 23rd, 2014

Human trafficking, poverty, and forced prostitution aren't only prevalent in Third World countries - they're here in our own back yard. Devastating and life-changing, Kristof and WuDunn once again inspire education and action by demonstrating how real people have made real impact on their communities. Read, awaken, and get involved - this is a must read! ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


The Girl With All the Gifts

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

What a mind-bender! This was my first experience reading a zombie/apocalypse novel and, boy, it was a good one! Full of twists you never see coming, characters that are equally compelling and revolting, and a plausible cause for an apocalypse "The Girl With All the Gifts" is everything I look for in a novel, only with the addition of zombies. Don't read too many synopses of this gem unless you want the book to be spoiled - trust your local bookseller and take her professional opinion to heart when she says "The Girl With All the Gifts" is a great and highly recommended book. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


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