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Spinning Silver

Set in Lithvas, a fictional country in Eastern Europe, Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver follows the story of a moneylender’s daughter as she strives to survive in medieval England. Living in abject poverty, Miryem decides to take over her father’s failing moneylending business. She is quite successful at it that soon she attracts the attention of […]

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What It Means To Be Free

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is a literal and figurative exploration of the historical Underground Railroad of mid-19th century America. 

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Top Picks for 2017

Happy 2018, everyone! I wish you all a new year filled with love, joy, and good books. Here are my top 5 picks for general fiction and mystery/thriller for 2017.

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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp tells the story of a young girl who struggles to read.

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’ by Azar Nafisi recounts her experience teaching Western literature to seven bold and committed female students in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Kindred

Octavia Butler’s Kindred illustrates the complexities and nuances of slavery and the racial attitudes of the time.

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And Then There Were None

Ten people are invited to a house party on an isolated island off the Devon coast of England by a mysterious host. Soon, one by one, they are murdered.

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A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is a meditation on how time passes and how we live as it does.

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Films

Review: The Killing Fields

From the trailer to the film, The Killing Fields doesn’t disappoint. It is beautifully told, and it doesn’t fit the mold of your typical based-on-true-story films.