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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

A sweet and creative tale about a special cafe where you can travel back in time- with a number of rules and exceptions. This lovely little book follows a number of different yet equally captivating characters who visit the cafe, and explores their heartfelt and deeply moving reasons for wanting to go back. I read this in a day and absolutely loved it. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

After Dark by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307278739
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Published: Vintage - April 29th, 2008

Ever wonder what goes on during the hours we spend sound asleep, blissfully unaware of our surroundings and the happenings around us? This book explores just that. Spanning from midnight all the way through dawn, Murakami takes us on a quiet journey and introduces us to a diverse cast of characters who find their paths intersecting seamlessly as life-changing events take place. This was a surreal experience with a dash of Murakami’s classic magical realism that explores the rhythm and pulse of city nights. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

This was such an adorable and heartwarming story! We follow Roz: a robot who finds herself activated by a group of otters after her crate is washed up on an island shore. Unaware of her purpose or how she arrived on the island, Roz is forced to quickly learn and adapt to her surroundings as she explores the wilderness around her and meets other animals on the island, both friends and foes. The Wild Robot is an important story about overcoming adversity and what it means to be human- I’d recommend it to everyone! ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

In these essays, Mary Oliver discusses a wide array of topics ranging from writing, meditation, famous poets, and, of course, all things to do with the natural world. She weaves together sentences that leave me feeling beyond time and space, and the passion poured from her words flows off the page and infects the reader with curiosity, inspiration, and gratitude. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Hurricane Girl: A novel by Marcy Dermansky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593320884
Published: Knopf - June 14th, 2022

This was the strangest, bleakest, most horrifying and hilarious book I’ve read in a long time. An absolutely wild ride from page one.
We follow Allison: a woman who escaped the LA scene and her abusive movie producer boyfriend for a low-key life in a North Carolina beach house. All was well and good until one day, a week into her fresh start, a hurricane sweeps through and demolishes her home. Allison is distraught, but at least she has her health. Everything is fine.
And so begins our story about a woman running away from calamity and navigating a particularly directionless life, one poor decision at a time. This is a captivating and special little book that pulls no punches with its ruthless exploration of love, freedom, and purpose. I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Chorus: A Novel by Rebecca Kauffman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640095182
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Published: Counterpoint - March 1st, 2022

An intergenerational story highlighting the lives of seven siblings through the course of multiple decades; Chorus is a sweeping saga about the ways which trauma and grief can be carried throughout our lives and influence our relationships with the people we love and with ourselves. Heavily character-driven and composed of accounts from each of the various family members, we are given a glimpse into the intricacies and depths of human connection. This is a beautiful story of resilience, hope, and belonging from one of my new favorite voices in literary fiction. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


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