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Matrix: A Novel by Lauren Groff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

This book is provocative and graphic in so many ways. Groff's character of Marie de France is wholly drawn from the author's own imagination, but she is so vivid and fierce that, as a reader, you hope there is a shade of reality. Truth to tell, the actual Marie of France died at Shaftesbury Abbey in the 12th century. She was related to Eleanor of Aquitaine, another fierce virago of the age. Groff 's depictions of literate visionary medieval women is an extraordinary and visceral experience for the reader. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Sentence by Louise Erdrich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

Though this book is about grievances, grudges and a long history of often self-inflicted abuse it is also about grace, guidance, patience and love - all wrapped up in a wonderful sense of humor.
I love any of Louise 's books but this one made me laugh out loud. And all set in one of my favorite places in the whole world; a bookstore - her own bookstore, Birchbark Books! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393248524
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

Elegant yet intimate, Harjo is able to move effortlessly between the past and the present, introducing the reader to ancestors and the inner workings of Harjo herself. Weaving her poetry throughout you are not only intellectually absorbing the spirituality that imbues the poetry you are made aware of of history that makes Harjo not just a great wordsmith but also historian and lore keeper. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393531565
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

This work is from one of my favorite literary authors. Different from her fiction yet still rooted firmly in Jewish beliefs, these essays are a startling, clear, often brutal, unsparing and honest critique of anti-Semitism in all its ugly forms, both in current and ancient history and from across many cultures and countries. Insightful and analyzed with the precision of language of which an artist like Horn is a master. This book is the perfect balance to Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson and it will leave you moved beyond words. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


I Will: How Four American Indians Put Their Lives on the Line and Changed History by Sheron Wyant-Leonard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781951627768
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Published: Arcade - July 20th, 2021

This book left me solemn, thoughtful and hopeful. It follows in the hallowed footsteps of Matthiessen’s "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" and Deloria's "Custer Died for Your Sins". Powerfully resonating in much the same way as Keefe's "Say Nothing", " I Will" is a powerful narrative of a people saying enough and taken from the point of view of four people ( involved A.I.M.;The American Indian Movement in the 1960s) who led the way and got caught up and became heroes and villains by virtue of standing by their Word. This is poignant, important and beautiful. I love this book and it goes on my shelf next to Black Elk, Nerburn, Deloria and Dee Brown works. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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