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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

This is a memoir of the Dao of Donkey. Christopher Mcdougall's wonderful, funny, insightful, and always entertaining book is about training a rescued donkey named Sherman to be his running partner, or vice-versa. The story evolves into life lessons learned from a myriad of characters: burro racers, "crazy" ladies, Amish people, goats, and of course Sherman, who is the real hero—move over Black Beauty. This book left a warm happiness inside my head and my heart long after I finished it. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393345438
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 29th, 2013

Harjo is a shapeshifter, weaving ancestral lore and personal memory, lessons, and experiences of beauty and sharp edges that blend into sublime lyrics in her work and her well-lived life. They are one and the same. This memoir exemplifies her desire to "aim in humanizing and healing" as American Poet Laureate. I did not want this book to end. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

This Is a wonderfully soulful memoir and an homage to the author’s parents, particularly her father, a man who thrived on living on the edge. Their strengths and weaknesses made for a grounded (in a most unorthodox sense) childhood. As a reader it was sometimes hard to catch my breath, whether from laughter or, occasionally, from tears of empathy. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Word for Woman Is Wilderness by Abi Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781937512798
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 19th, 2019

This novel is "heartfelt." The heroine, Erin, is an impassioned 19-year-old feminist who is determined to confront the utter injustice of the reputation that "Women Adventurers" suffer. Deciding that she is going to set the record straight on that score and on a myriad of topics from astrophysics, philosophy to the nature of Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Chris McCandless of Into the Wild, Erin sets off from England to find Alaska on her own terms. This book is a whole new kind of nature/novel writing and so believable that some readers fail to note it is fiction. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Plateau by Maggie Paxson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594634758
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Anthropologist, Maggie Paxson is haunted by war and the people who are devastated by it. Having worked all over the world she has borne witness to just about every form of brutality & heartbreaking tenderness. On the Plateau, a remote place (S.E.France) of reserved, hard lived communities, she finds a history of being a safe haven for refugees; in the distant past, during WWII and right now. Through the story Daniel Trocme (one Israel's " Righteous Among Nations" ) & his "crickets" - children from all over Europe that he fought so quietly but ferociously to protect. Maggie discovers wondrous links to today's refugees (stories of hard won survival and finds a link to her own life- and it raises many questions. This book deserves to be on the shelf next to Frankel's Man's Search for Meaning, Eger's The Choice & Wiesel's Trilogy. I could not put this book down! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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


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