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The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel by Sara Collins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062851895
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Published: Harper - May 21st, 2019

Frannie narrates her brutal, erotic, affecting story from a dank 1826 London prison cell. She stands accused of the stabbing murders of a mistress lover, as well as her master - a wealthy social climber whose scientific experiments on people of color bring him fame and stature. Highly educated as an experiment, and then used to carry out her master's medical research, Langton is a searing protagonist who captivates with intellect and elegance as she both remembers her Jamaican slavery, while struggling desperately to recall one night in England blurred by love, opium and rage. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Ask Again, Yes: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

After finishing the last few words of this magnificent novel, I leaned back in my chair, put my hand over my heart and whispered to myself - now that was truly astonishing. Mary Beth Keane has woven an unforgettable narrative of family, life, friendship and love. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Tin Man: A Novel by Sarah Winman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735218765
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 9th, 2019

Winman is channeling a powerful talent here, as Tin Man is surely one of the most exquisite contemporary novels to explore unconditional friendship and love in such a magnificent way. I loved every understated moment, each character, every nuance and scene. There is so much to be admired here. Don't miss out. Just read it. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501197048
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Published: Gallery Books - April 23rd, 2019

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression. Heather Armstrong survived a debilitating form of treatment resistant depression which rode her for an unbearable 18 month period, but she survived. Her sadness was so profound, so relentless, and so all consuming, that as she describes in visceral detail, "she wanted to be dead."
Desperate for a solution, Heather volunteered to be one of 10 participants in an experimental study where doctor's used anesthesia to flatline her brain - a state much deeper than anesthesia for surgery, a state dangerously close to death. Ten times in three weeks.

Her story is not only remarkable as a success story. Her story is a plea for a deeper sensitivity and understanding of depressive disorders and the real possibility of hope for those who suffer.
This is a rare and incredible story of love, bravery and courage. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

Stephanie Land is a quiet hero. As a brand new young mother she left her abusive partner to become a homeless single parent. This is her story of dedication to herself and baby, of struggling to meet the demands of social services, how she cared for her daughter, put herself through undergraduate school, and broke away from the shelter system. Most would have quit before trying. Stephanie starved. She cried a lot. She cleaned homes for the middle class, and she wrote this courageous memoir. If you want to truly understand what millions of Americans face every day, and how easily this can happen to many more, this book can help you. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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