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April Reviews

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is a very quick read. When it was returned to the library and I checked it in, I thought, “Oh, I can get through this!” And it was a bit of a relief. I am a feminist, but typically don’t enjoy long forays into nonfiction and am leery of feminist literature. It...

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To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

This is Ivey’s second novel following her Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Snow Child, and I truly enjoyed it. Ivey, a native of Alaska, takes up snow-covered lands again in a story written mostly through letters. The characters are complex, unique and true and their...

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Rising Strong by Brene Brown

I recently read and reviewed another book by Brown, Daring Greatly, which focused on her doctoral research and social work study into vulnerability, shame and empathy. This is her most recent (2015) book, which expands upon her research in the previous book. She...

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Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

How much heartache can people tolerate before they start thinking “magically”? Iconic writer Joan Didion shares with readers an extremely difficult and personal time of grief and loss following the sudden death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, on December 30, 2003,...

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Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich

I love the Stephanie Plum novels on audio. It’s like revisiting a favorite sitcom. The story matters less that the characters and they are all here: Lula, Grandma Mazar, Ranger, and company. An ice cream truck is hijacked, a corpse coated in chocolate, sprinkles rolls...

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The Dry by Jane Harper

An Australian farmer, Luke Handler, turns his gun on his wife, 7-year-old son, and himself in the middle of the worst drought the town of Kiewarra has ever seen. Aaron Falk, close friend of the farmer and a federal agent, returns to the town that rejected him 20 years...

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March Reviews

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Shelby Richmond and her best friend Helene are involved in a tragic accident as teenagers, which leaves Helene brain-dead, and Shelby broken. This is the story of how she slowly, and with lots of false starts, puts her life back together.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

An African-American nurse in an OB ward in New Haven is told by her supervisor to not treat the baby of a white supremacist, at his demand.  The baby dies of complications, despite the efforts of the team of doctors and nurses around him. The nurse is arrested and...

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Beginning at the time of the airlift of South Vietnamese allies out of Saigon, and continuing through the refugee years, our hero tells his story. He is a communist double agent, working closely as an aide to a South Vietnamese general. Told to his jailer in...

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

This is an extraordinary work of the imagination. Willie Lincoln, the beloved 11-year-old son of Abraham Lincoln, died of a fever in February 1862. Contemporary accounts suggest that a distraught President Lincoln visited his tomb and held his son in his arms, after...

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This tween fiction book just about broke my heart, and I wasn't expecting it. The cover of my copy had a friendly looking drawing on it of a gorilla with a smiling baby elephant. It’s not a long book, has won the Newberry Medal and is a New York Times bestseller. I...

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood is a modern day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. Seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a talent that she sees as a curse. Rune’s family sends her to a French art school hoping that it will boost her creativity and help hinder her curse, but sending her...

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King Baby by Kate Beaton

This picture book is both witty and adorable. King Baby has arrived and is quite demanding. Parents and children will enjoy the tale of King Baby and his servants (parents).

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Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

I admit to not being a Seinfeld fan the first time around. However, my husband has since converted me and in an effort to catch up, I read this book to learn more about the behind-the-scenes interworking of the show. The book focuses heavily on interviews with Larry...

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Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Thanks for recommending this last month, Emily! This is a fast read of hilarious comics sure to make anyone chuckle. I read it on my phone while waiting for an appointment and I quickly recommended it to everyone. These comics will appeal to women as Sarah examines...

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