Surprise!

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Surprise!  by Mike Henson is a boldly graphic picture book that will delight babies and toddlers. The oversized hardcover edition is nicely proportioned for read-along time. The book features brightly colored drawings with a hand-illustrated feel. The storyline is simple and easy for even the youngest children to follow. It’s Rabbit’s birthday and all of … Read more

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

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Where does a story begin? That’s the question at the heart of The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Does each of us begin at the moment of our own birth? Is that negating the contributions of the lives of our parents? If the story stops there, aren’t we in danger of leaving out … Read more

Bookroo Book Subscription Boxes

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I grew up with an insatiable love of reading. I would re-read books until the pages were grimy and the covers fell off. I never wanted fancy gifts, the key to my heart were boxes of used books my mom would usually find at yard sales for a dollar. I’m still that way to this … Read more

The Space Between The Stars

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The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is an apocalyptic novel writ large. Imagine humanity spread throughout the galaxy. Now imagine on the day an apocalyptic event happens, you wake up having survived- not just one of the few people on earth, but one of the few people left on any inhabited planet. The … Read more

The Dark Lake

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There’s a trend lately in certain kinds of suspense novels toward the most convoluted plot twists in the history of the world. Anything for the “gotcha” moment at the end. But in this voracious chase for slippery surprise, all believability is lost. I seriously try, but my disbelief only suspends so far. The Dark Lake … Read more

Good Me Bad Me

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“…I remember a story that I read. A Native American tale where the Cherokee tells his grandson there’s a battle between two wolves in all of us. One is evil, the other good. The boy asks him, Which wolf wins? The Cherokee tells him, The one you feed.” This is a story I’ve heard before, … Read more

Batty Betty

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  I can imagine this story originating as a bedtime conversation between a parent and a particularly imaginative child. “So there’s this brave tuba and he meets a sad banana and they join forces with a dancing giant to defeat some bullying beavers…” Which actually just summed up the plot for you. It’s a cute, … Read more

i hate everyone but you

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“Dear Best Friend, I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you. Sincerely, Ava Helmer (that brunette who won’t leave you alone) We’re still in the same room, you weirdo. Stop crying. G” I feel like readers past a certain age aren’t going to fully grasp the artful dance of this book. If … Read more

The Typewriter’s Tale

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It will take a certain kind of person to fully appreciate this book. If, for instance, you could never make it through the densely twisting word-forests of Henry James, you will likely run screaming away to some more easily navigable, clear-cut pasture. If, however, you found yourself enthralled with every belabored word, reveling in his … Read more

Taking Turns: Stories From HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371

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The first cases of AIDS began appearing in 1981. The disease, which at the beginning seemed to infect only gay men, was met with stony silence and active derision by our lords and overseers. Then-president Ronald Reagan refused to acknowledge the outbreak, though his staff and supporters spoke loud and clear.  Pat Buchanan, his communications … Read more