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Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250096982
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

Edgar and Lucy is a wonderful book with a cast of unforgettable characters navigating their way through life amidst all the burdens of grief, love, loss. It’s a mesmerizing story, the kind you want to curl up with and savor for hours! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Kindred by Octavia Butler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

I am not a SciFi fan but found this book captivating! It's so rich in historical detail and the characters and their struggles are so real, the "impossible" is easily overlooked. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Joe Gould's Teeth

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ISBN: 9781101947586
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Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2016

Joe Gould insisted he was writing the greatest book of all time, The Oral History of Our Time, a manuscript supposedly containing over 9 million words, everything ever told to him, to record everyday life. He counted among his friends the likes of ee cummings, Ezra Pound, Joseph Mitchell and for a while they believed him. Joe Gould was a vagrant, a stalker, a racist and mentally ill. In Joe Gould’s Teeth, Jill Lepore tells of her search for evidence of the existence of at least some of his writings and traces his sad life in and out of mental institutions, his obsessions and his secrets. A fascinating read! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


The Year of the Runaways

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ISBN: 9781101946107
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

Touching upon themes of family, culture, racism and desperation, we follow the stories of four young people thrown together by circumstances most of us will never experience. The Year of the Runaways was an education and an eye-opener into a complex society and the intricacies of human nature that left me feeling sad and thoughtful. I found this book hard to put down. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Another Little Piece of My Heart

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ISBN: 9781620408889
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 10th, 2016

Richard Goldstein was a pioneer and chronicler of my favorite era, the '60s; he was the first rock critic to write a regular column (in the Village Voice) on the musicians and music of the times. Embedded in the heart of the culture he wrote about the connections between the music and political unrest in one of the most pivotal times in history. He was there, he lived it and wrote passionately about it. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Homegoing

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ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2016

Homegoing is a stunning debut novel tracing 300 years of history told through moments in the lives of the descendants of two half sisters whose parallel lives follow very different paths. Their stories begin in the 1700s and end with the Great Migration in the 1970s , each generation showing the progress or lack thereof in the struggle for freedom and equality. So relevant today! Yaa Gyasi is a young writer to keep an eye on. Her talent for writing a novel so epic in scope with such economy is amazing! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


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