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Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

While I was reading Educated, I was gripped by the conflicting emotions. Westover puts serenity and danger at odds, each one vying to be the main focus of a chapter. Her parents had a fierce love for their children, but also had fiercely unconventional and harmful beliefs. Westover's writing is so impressive, for all the bad things that were happening in this story, I couldn't help but count down the minutes until I could be back reading about Buck Peak and the people who lived there. It is a story of triumph and self sufficiency that will inspire you to learn. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2017

You will get swept up into this graphic novel that presents itself as a young artist's journal and sketchbook. Precocious 10-year-old Karen uses monster movies, art, and drawing to work her way through very real times of crisis. Full of murder mysteries, monsters- real and classic, heartbreak, resilience, and beautiful illustrations- you wont be able to put it down. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631494758
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Published: Liveright - December 12th, 2017

Mary Beard - the true historian she is - gives a powerful response to her internet critics in two short essays with little opinion or speculation- only facts. She takes us through the history of silenced women in the Roman era and compares them to the tactics of today's "trolls." Armed with perfectly crafted arguments and a subtle sarcastic humor, Beard makes sure her voice is heard. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin

Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735221963
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 16th, 2018

This novel is a heartbreaking tale of Lucia, her mental illness, and the people who love her. The story takes you up and down along her harrowing journey trying to maintain a normal life. Her sister Miranda is her keeper from countries away. Told from the point of view of people and places in a very unique way. This is a story of strength, love, and dedication. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin

New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735105
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Published: Button Poetry - March 28th, 2017

This book of poetry is an anthem of modern feminism. Poems and and rhetoric that you can rally behind, relate to, and believe. Olivia Gatwood is an excellent performer of her work. Reading and hearing her speak are two unique experiences- both worth experiencing- giving this book an extra layer. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin

Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion - Book Review

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By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

This is a quiet novel about a woman looking back upon her life trying to find the cause of her current situation. Joan Didion is impressively able to invoke emotion through a character who is strikingly devoid, almost numb. Enduring an uneasy relationship with her husband, and the demands of an actress in the 1960s, Maria starts to parallel the desert she is moving through. You find yourself rooting alongside the disturbing people she calls friends who are driving her to madness- you don't know what you want her to do but she has to do something. ~ Reviewed by Molly Halpin


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