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This is the delightful and endearing tale of two 12 year old girls who had never met until their two fathers started dating one another. Determined to keep their families separate, the two girls continually email each other saying that they will do everything in their power to never become friends. As you can imagine, their continuous contact makes them unlikely confidants, especially when they are forced to attend the same sleep away camp all summer. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp
A multi-generational novel between three extremely different women who exhibit the complexities of what is means to be a female Palestinian in a place as liberal as New York City. Rarely have I come across a debut novel that has hit me so immediately and intensely as this one. Although this story is simultaneously heartbreaking, uplifting, and anger-evoking, it will captivate and educate in a way that makes you wish the novel went on forever. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp
An engrossing story of three siblings and their emotionally detached mother after the death of their father causes the children to quickly grow up. Each sibling’s unique and conflicting personal values will keep you intrigued as their lives progress from elementary school all the way until their deaths. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp
This novel immediately hooked me with its atypical portrayal of a dissatisfied young woman in a rural New England town during the 1960s. Despite Eileen's life being mundane and disappointing, the author still finds a way to keep you holding on to every single word with complete captivation as Eileen strives to escape her monotonous life in hopes for something more interesting. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp
A hilarious look into Lockwood's experience moving back in with her zany Catholic parents as a married adult. The author's father who just so happens to be an unconventional priest will simultaneously confuse you while leaving you in stitches because of his shenanigans. Easily one of the most unique and bizarrely charming memoirs I have ever read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp