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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel by Juliet Grames - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062862822
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

Wry and heartbreaking, this novel follows the many incarnations of Maristella the 2nd, who inherits the name after the first child who had it dies. And what a name, Maristella Fortuna, which means many things: star and fortune, ill fortune. Grames delves into ancestral stories and the myths that we create for ourselves and our families. Biting and acerbic, this novel is an homage to women, and to families that are haunted by their past and futures. A brilliant debut. This novel took me completely by surprise and held me captive for the weekend. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781335936639
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 7th, 2019

This is one of those irreverent and scary books that leaves me laughing and crying. Laughing at the total absurdness of humanity's own stew of misdeeds and just plain stupidity and crying for the same reason. It does make you think that, for all of our hubris and control issues or lack thereof, why are we still here? Phillips, as he proudly states, finally uses his degrees from Cambridge with his acute razor sharp wit in talking about everything from Lucy (the Australopithecus not the song) to the introduction of invasive species like starlings and rabbits. Riotous, ridiculous, and sobering all at once. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In by Henry Eliot - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984824448
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Published: Three Rivers Press - March 5th, 2019

This marvelous book is about Labyrinths; one of the most ancient designs of humans & in Nature; found everywhere and in every culture, in Human design itself. Eliot follows History through myth, legend, lore & philosophy exploring in a creative and prosaic way. This book came into my hands by way of a customer and I could not put it down. Thank you Ariadne! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Beautiful, horrifying , haunting and exquisite are all adjectives for Robert Macfarlane's newest book and now my favorite one. I love this book. Macfarlane weaves magic around his incredible and often scary adventures in nature. Underland is a bardic journey worthy of any druid or shapeshifter, blending myth and realty into a seamless stream that becomes a part of you if you let it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


A Baby's Bones (Sage Westfield #1) by Rebecca Alexander - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781785656231
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Published: Titan Books - February 26th, 2019

This is a new author for me and a great one for anyone who loves the Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series. Here forensic archaeologist; Sage Westerfield is caught between a contemporary mystery and a 16th c. one filled with bones and stories that overlap and weave together the past and the present in misty, myth laden bogs and gardens in Cornwall and of witches and alchemists like John Dee & Edward Kelly and their allure through the ages. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Race Point by Dennis Snyder - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781719398428
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 24th, 2018

The setting; Saratoga Race Course; 1946 A race like no other.
Gardner Museum; 1990 An art heist like no other.
Current Day.; A mystery ensues from a bequest that follows mobsters, artists and thieves and oh yes; Nazis. This is a great winter read full of local flavor & details by a local author.
This novel is hard to put down! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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