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A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver

I am not really a poetry person, or at least I say that to myself, but if a Mary Oliver book of poems shows up in my life, I devour them.  That is what happened this last weekend when I … Continue reading

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, everything is planned. From the layout of its roads, the colors of the homes themselves, to the placement of the grocery stores, this progressive suburb which attracts up and coming residents who lead successful lives.  The Richardsons … Continue reading

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

When Zora Neale Hurston came to Plateau, Alabama in 1927, Cudjo Lewis was eighty six years old.  He was one of the last living slaves who remembered crossing the Middle Passage from Africa to the United States on the last … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Sometimes sequels lack the energy and magic of the original story, but not this time! In this sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden exceeds our expectations, making the magical world of medieval Russia come even more alive, while … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

As issues around immigration have come to dominate the news cycle this year, this book by Isabel Allende could not be more prescient or timely. A story told by three people who unexpectedly encounter one another under bizarre and terrifying … Continue reading

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The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Arnold

Nate and Chloe have known each other since they were young children. At that time they bonded over the Narnia series of books by C.S. Lewis which they read together with his sisters and mother-the reclusive Sinclair family.  Now many … Continue reading

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The classic tales of Greek heros and gods have always intrigued me. What was their purpose in telling these stories? What were they trying to explain? The complicated relationships between the gods and humans and the un-godlike behavior and emotions … Continue reading

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