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Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982159467
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Slender and powerful, Infinite Country strikes the perfect balance between harsh reality and lyric beauty. I was deeply moved by this story of a splintered Colombian family trying to compose their lives and find a home in both Bogota and the United States. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

It has everything you want in a literary crime thriller. Perplexing questions and big reveals. Great dialogue and page-burning plot development. Strong characters to pull for with all your heart, even as they do bad things. The strongest, most maddening, most desperately in need of a break, is the champion of the story, Duchess Day Radley, a thirteen year old outlaw from a family afflicted by tragedy. A triumphant breakout novel from a gifted writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Humans by Brandon Stanton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250114297
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2020

The photographer who produced the blockbuster, Humans of New York, broadens his mission to a global scale. Images and stories from over forty countries create a rich and rewarding monograph to dip into when you need a little perspective. These simple pictures of average people, aka humans, from all over the world is a welcome and heartening reminder of what we all have in common. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

The Butchers' Blessing by Ruth Gilligan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781947793781
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Published: Tin House Books - November 10th, 2020

A vividly imagined tale of late 20th century Ireland at the center of which a group of butchers carry on an eerie tradition of slaughtering cattle for farmers who still believe in warding off an ancient curse. It is the subplots that take center stage in this literary page-turner though. The wife and daughter of one of the butchers try to make sense of their lives while he is away for eleven months of the year. A young photographer shows up in the area seeking that one career-defining picture. Other characters take part in cattle smuggling as Mad Cow Disease creates panic in England. And if you like twists, just keep reading this wholly original, beautifully written artistic achievement. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

Franny Stone, the main character in Charlotte McConaghy's sensational first novel, is on a journey. She is following what may be the last migration of the world's last arctic terns aboard one of the world's last commercial fishing vessels. Much more than a novel about environmental catastrophe, Migrations is about a woman trying to understand where she came from, who she is, and why she has always relentlessly wandered. A perfect literary page-turner. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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