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The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary by Clark Strand - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812988956
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 5th, 2019

Don't squinch your face when you see this book is about the rosary. This new work by a husband and wife team is about finding a new process of meditation and prayer. Spiritual but NOT preachy, it is insightful and meaningful, delving into the lore of ancient rosary practice (before Christianity) and its value in today's chaotic times. It is also a personal story that travels through many paths on the way to an intimate understanding of Divine Feminism that two brave people chose to share with us. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


This Is Happiness by Niall Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635574203
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It is luminous. Sometimes I reread a particularly beautiful paragraph because I got so lost in the construction of Williams's work I lost track of my place in the story. The metaphor of Illumination carries through in this story of the past and present in a small community in Western Ireland in the 1950s. Often the light of dark shadows is kinder than illumination and progress is not always benign, but there is usually humor. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Simon the Fiddler: A Novel by Paulette Jiles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062966742
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

This vivid story is about Simon Boudlin, an itinerant fiddler, who resists being conscripted in the Confederate army in the end days of the Civil War, after Appomattox. This novel is poetic, fierce, and elegant without losing the hard edge of historical facts. Like the song, "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down," (The Band) the mournful beauty of this novel echoes the music: the two pieces feel as though they were written in 1865, and not in this century. Simply Beautiful. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Island Child: A novel by Molly Aitken - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525658375
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Published: Knopf - July 28th, 2020

This debut novel made me curl up in a chair for 2 days, becoming enamored with these characters & places. This beautifully crafted book blend ancient Irish mythology & folklore with the crustiness & elemental nature of Island life and are reflected and reverberate in the story of outcasts Oona & Enda. This book catches and holds the winds that pull and buffet the west of Ireland and the souls that inhabit it. The Island Child belongs on the shelf next to John B Keane's The Field. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Convert: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans - Book Review

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By Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781524747084
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Published: Pantheon - February 4th, 2020

This is an exquisite, wondrously crafted book. Much more than a novel, The Convert blends fiction and the history of actual 11th Century biographical documents of Norman noblewoman Vigdis, who defied society, faith and family to marry the son of a Rabbi for love. These documents were lost until their rediscovery in 1969, found in a deep well called "God's Oubliette " where certain documents no longer in circulation are consigned. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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