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By the Fire We Carry: The Generations-Long Fight for Justice on Native Land by Rebecca Nagle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063112049
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Published: Harper - September 10th, 2024

This book is powerful in so many ways. It is the absolute perfect companion book to Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann both in scope of history, true crime and the power/ political machinations of the government and the Supreme Court. Rebecca Nagle brings her Cherokee Ancestors' story to vivid life; her personal ( the Ridges), her tribal and the whole of Indigenous people with the sharp focus of a journalist and the gift of a true storyteller and the heart of a warrior with a pen and an eye to truth-telling. Absolutely a must read for anyone who loves Killers of the Flower Moon, any books by Joy Harjo or Kent Nerburn. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Fire Exit: A Novel by Morgan Talty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781959030553
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Published: Tin House Books - June 4th, 2024

I have another author with Talty to anticipate and hold dear like Tommy Orange and Louise Erdrich.
In Fire Exit Talty explores the depth to which people will go to avoid pain and suffering on a personal level and as a community. And is there such a "Thing" as communal shared trauma, shame and what does denial do. Searing, beautiful and honest . I love this book about a Man's ( Charles Lamosaway's ) search to love, be loved and speak truth; his own, family and tribal. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Bright I Burn: A novel by Molly Aitken - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525658399
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Published: Knopf - September 10th, 2024

This novel reminds me of a medieval morality play where the reader is a part of the ensemble and the chorus (hear the whispers of the townsfolk) set the meter. Molly Aitken’s second novel is a recounting of 13th century Kilkenny Ireland and of Alice Kyteler a woman of repute, many times married, a business woman, a moneylender and accused of witchcraft and murder. Aitken weaves legend, folklore, myth and magic into a haunting tale of a woman who was born with talents and intellect that outstretched her place, her sex and the times. Maybe she was an anathema, maybe not. All based on actual court documents. Brilliant! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

Trust Her: A Novel by Flynn Berry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593490327
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Published: Viking - June 25th, 2024

Taut to the point I was gritting my teeth (in a series I hope) that follows two sisters Tessa and Marian from Belfast to Dublin. After having been involved in murder, bombing, coercion and blackmail in book one, "A Northern Spy," in book two, "Trust Her", one sister, having been in the IRA and the other an informer, now have new lives and new identities try to outrun their past only to find out treachery follows both them and their families. But who do you trust and who do you turn to especially when you find out mysteries span generations. Extremely well done and faithfully follows the political turmoil caused by partisan politics before and after the Peace Accords and Brexit. A great summer mystery. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

There Are Rivers in the Sky: A novel by Elif Shafak - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593801710
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Published: Knopf - August 20th, 2024

Elif Shafak has become one of my favorite historical fiction authors right up there with Geraldine Brooks. In this novel, the concept of rebirth and connections is told through the destinies of a single drop of water that first falls on the head of Ashurbanipal, King of Nineveh on the Tigris River and collector of the "new" poem Gilgamesh in 7th century B.C.E. Then as a snowflake on the tongue of Arthur in 19th century England on the Thames River, a child of the slums who is born with great gifts of memory and language. And finally as the tears of Narin, a child of the Yazidi tribe (a monotheistic ethno-religious minority in the lands of the Tigris and Euphrates and their massacre at Mount Sinjar in 2014. Shafak threads these characters (all based on real people or events) together through water because water "remembers", humans do not. Shafak marries nature - the poetry of science and history through storytelling. Beautiful and painful with the edge of Shafak's backgrounds in political science and journalism, Shafak has pretty much covered the span of "civilization" and the brutality of lessons not learned. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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