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Review of “Our Numbered Days” by Neil Hilborn

Our Numbered Days, Neil Hilborn’s debut book, is full of old soul poetry for the young mind. Hilborn is most known for his spoken word performances, specifically his poem “OCD,” which went viral on YouTube in 2013.
“OCD” sets the tone in giving a transitional look into Hilborn’s outlooks on mental illness and how it plays a critical part in navigating love and loss. With his poignant style and lyrical tone, Hilborn not only speaks about his struggles from an outside perspective but writes a letter to them for all that they are worth. Read More

“The Association of Small Bombs” Book Review

"The Association of Small Bombs" is a powerful and relevant book dealing with terrorism, and the aftermath left behind by the devastation. Author Karan Mahajan tells the powerful, tragic story of an innocent Indian man who experienced and survived a terrorist explosion. Read our review.

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Review of “The Defining Decade” Book by Dr. Meg Jay

The Defining Decade is like having an excellent therapy session.
This book will help any confused twenty-year-old overcome issues they are struggling with, gain more self-confidence and find their path in life.
A recommended read!

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“The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing Book” Review

In the 70s Amina Eapen’s family went to India to visit her grandmother and uncle. But after an eventful night, the trip is cut short, but it continually haunts the family. Now, nearly two decades later, Amina’s father is talking to dead relatives.

Amina is now a photographer, a former photojournalist who now photographs weddings. She is facing a crossroads in her job and life, unsure if she’s really happy with what she is doing when she returns to her home in New Mexico to figure out what is wrong with her dad. Read More

Editorial Book Review of “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's brilliant dystopian novel "Oryx and Crake" depicts a society destroyed by genetic engineering and bioterrorism in a tale readers will not soon forget. Read our editorial book review of "Oryx and Crake".

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Book Review of “The Idiot” by Elif Batuman

In understanding any work of fiction, the consideration of words and language is, at minimum, implicitly essential—words allow the writer to build the fictional world and create the atmosphere that readers turn to when examining a text. While understanding words and their effects is central to any effort toward thoughtful reading, rarely does a book urge the reader to consider words and language the way Elif Batuman’s The Idiot does. Read More

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” Book Review

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”

That at its core, is what famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s latest, NY Times Bestselling book is about.
It is for the non-astrophysicist to begin to understand concepts that are so large and complex and yet are the very reasons the human race exists.

Tyson’s book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” travels through time and space, starting with The Big Bang.
He explains how scientists measure the universe, the ways in which everything we know is created, and the wonders that lie beyond our earthly horizons.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Editorial Book Review

“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”

Margaret Atwood’s classic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a story that is uncomfortable and difficult to deal with. Set in a dystopian America, the government has been overthrown by religiously conservative extremists, the constitution is gone, and women have had their rights stripped from them. They are sorted into occupations that reverted back into traditional female roles, from being housewives and cooks and maids.

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“A Mountain of Crumbs” by Elena Gorokhova Book Review

“What comes out of my mouth is driven by anger: at my righteous mother who refuses to look out the window and see there is no bright dawn on the horizon; at my black-hearted country that inspired her, forged her into steel, and deceived her.”

Elena Gorokhova’s first memoir A Mountain of Crumbs provides readers with a fascinating look at what it was like to grow up in Soviet Russia during the 1960s. Her mother, a doctor, raises Elena and her sister, Marina, in a traditional, monochromatic Russian household. Gorokhova provides insight into the complexity of the government and the fear its citizens face under economic and social oppression. Read More

“Never Let Me Go” Book Review

 “And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind of world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go.” 

In a genre-bending tale of innocence and the inevitable loss thereof, Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro delivers a haunting and emotional account of a dystopian society that fans of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale will devour.

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Rediscovering Roy’s “The God of Small Things”: Literary Fiction Book Review

In light of the long-anticipated release of Arundhati Roy’s second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, what better time to look back on her stunning debut, The God of Small Things? Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize,

Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize, The God of Small Things was an instant, immense, and international success. After its publication, Roy deliberately distanced herself from fiction writing, turning her attention instead to political activism, in reaction to rising social conflict in India.

Finally, after twenty long years and a book over ten years in the making, she has once again decided to grace the fiction world with her genius. To better understand her writing and her evolution as an artist, let’s rediscover the gem that is The God of Small Things.

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“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Book Review

“If you want to make it, all you have to do is try.”

These words apply not only to physical inventions but to life in general. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an exalting tale of a William Kamkwamba who fought to overcome the many obstacles that faced him in his rural African community in the heart of Malawi. He and Bryan Mealer tell the tale of Kamkwamba’s imaginative childhood turned dark by famine and how he was determined to create a solution that he could make from nothing.

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“The Secret Life of Bees” Book Review

While blood is thicker than water, beeswax and honey keep people together.

Sue Monk Kidd’s auspicious debut novel revolves around young and petulant Lily Owens as she navigates life on her abusive father’s peach farm with the blurred memory of her mother’s accidental death. Set in South Carolina in a time of overt racial tension, her black housekeeper and nearest hope to motherly-love, Rosaleen, scandalizes the town by registering to vote. Lily springs Rosaleen from the hospital she’s kept at and the two go on a quest to uncover her mother’s past, which eventually leads them to three motherly sisters, The Boatwright’s, who own a honey farm. Lily and Rosaleen are introduced to their memorable world of bees, honey, female divinity, and womanhood.

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“Everything I Never Told You” Psychological Thriller Book Review

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…”

With these haunting words, Celeste Ng begins her spellbinding 2014 debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, a psychological yet gorgeously literary thriller centered on a Chinese-American family living in 1970s Ohio. While Lydia’s death ostensibly forms the crux of the novel, the fragmented pieces of life she leaves behind constitute the true story.

The book is a meditation on the interactions between family and society that culminates in

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