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July 1, 2019

Angie Kim does an amazing job at balancing multiple perspectives without bogging readers down in legal drama. Instead, Kim uses the trial at the center of the story to reveal each character's secret truths - and let me tell you, they will shock you and make you won...

June 17, 2019

Just as she did in "Everything I Never Told You," Celeste Ng creates heart-stopping drama through close character studies of each character introduced in Little Fires Eveywhere.

June 10, 2019

Celeste Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, is a dive into the Asian-American experience in the American Midwest during the 1960s and 1970s. Ng uses the deferred dreams and low expectations of the Lee family to demonstrate the toll institutionalized raci...

June 3, 2019

If you're looking for a sex, drugs, and rock n'roll storyline, then this is your book. Taylor Jenkins Reid breathes new life into a world most of us already know: 1970s era rock n'roll, and she gives us a story about family, love, and knowing when to walk a...

May 6, 2019

Lisa Ko's debut novel is a story that is not bound to one demographic or country. It's a story that spans centuries and that persists in continuing to destroy families and alter identities. It's a story that must be shared.

April 22, 2019

From the very first page Oyinkan Braithwaite's novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, is fast-paced and fueled by anxiety, resentment and suspense. Just shy of 230 pages, Braithwaite's tale of sisters in crime is a unique work of fiction that, at its core, contem...

April 15, 2019

As I read my way through Sadie by Courtney Summers, I began to think of other stories I'd read about young women and girls faced with difficult lives, families, and choices. I have chosen three read-alikes with similar young female characters who are faced with ada...

April 8, 2019

Sadie is a story of a girl on a mission. She has run away from home in search of the man who killed her younger sister. Sadie is a strong young woman who has suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, Keith, and her own mother, Claire.

April 2, 2019

Land's writing is gripping as she describes the physical and emotional labor involved in balancing the facts of her life with cleaning the houses of people who do not know or care that she exists, just that she does a good job. I shared in her desperation and hopel...

March 18, 2019

In her memoir, Educated, the reader learns that Westover was born into a devout Mormon family led by a patriarch who viewed government-mandated education and healthcare with fanatical skepticism. Raised on a remote mountainside in Idaho with her 7 siblings, Westover wo...

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