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“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” Fantasy Book Review

“The dream was haunting me: standing behind me, present and yet invisible, like the back of my head, simultaneously there and not there.”

The nameless narrator in Neil Gaiman’s hauntingly nostalgic novel revisits his childhood home in the English countryside. By doing so, he evokes memories from his youth that had been buried over decades.

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“The Japanese Lover” Book Review

Isabel Allende's latest brilliant novel "The Japanese Lover", delves into a seventy-year-long love story and reflects on what it means to have led a full and happy life. Read our book review.

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Howard Dully’s “My Lobotomy” Book Review

My Lobotomy, a memoir by Howard Dully, tells the story of how a 12-year-old Howard Dully was unrightfully lobotomized at the insistence of his parents and with the help of the infamous Dr. Freeman.

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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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“Decanting a Murder” Mystery Novel Book Review

Read our review of "Decanting a Murder", a cozy mystery novel by Nadine Nettmann.

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“Walk the Blue Fields” by Claire Keegan Book Review

With the exploration of colorful characters living in rural Ireland, Claire Keegan's "Walk the Blue Fields" will become a favorite for generations to come.

Claire Keegan’s book explores the overarching theme of rural Ireland, dealing with characters that are either leaving it, escaping to it, or struggling to live their daily lives in it.

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10 Must-Read Memoirs and Autobiographies

Looking for a good true story to read? Here are ten of the best memoirs and autobiographies—some you may not know about. Add these to your personal collection and let us know what you think!

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“Into the Water” Editorial Book Review

The Drowning Pool is a part of Beckford. Everyone in the town knows of it and knows of the women who are dragged out of it. This year two women were found, one a teenager named Katie, and months later, a woman named Nel. Nel’s death leaves her daughter, Lena, alone and it also brings back Nel’s estranged sister, Jules. Read More

“Learning to Swear in America” Book Review

“The universe exploded with pain, a big bang that began in Yuri’s ganglia and expanded forever, launching galaxies of light behind his eyes.”

Yuri is a physics prodigy from Russia who has been recruited to help NASA in a seventeen-day mission to deflect and destroy an asteroid heading toward California. His unpublished work on antimatter is not only likely to win him a Nobel prize, but Yuri believes it’s the key to avoiding a global catastrophe. Unfortunately, the more experienced scientists disregard his claims, in part because of his age, and in part because he comes across as socially awkward and conceited.   Read More

“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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“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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