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Mouthful of Birds

Samanta Schweblin’s collection of twenty short stories, Mouthful of Birds, weaves between the realm of the real and the strange, exploring the deepest abyss of human psyche. These grotesque and surreal stories serve as a representation of the reality we live in. They question societal structures, norms, attitudes, and expectations. They examine how a person […]

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Oldies But Goodies: Learning The Gumshoe Game With Some Classics

According to an article in The Telegraph, there is greater interest in crime fiction today than with any other fiction genre. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have popularized crime/detective fiction, but in 1841 Edgar Allan Poe penned the first detective story with The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Ever since, crime fiction has continued to […]

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The Friend, Meditation on Writing and Life

Sigrid Nunez’ The Friend is a meditation on writing and life.

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When They Call You a Terrorist : A Powerful Black Lives Matter Memoir

“We deserve love. Thick, full-bodied and healthy. Love.” – Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele’s When They Call You a Terrorist is a powerful memoir full of love, hope, and healing. Growing up poor in Van Nuys, California, Cullors witnessed her brothers and their friends being searched by […]

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Confessions

A mother is out to seek vengeance for her murdered four-year old daughter.

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A Quest to Save the Swans

Set in Ankara, Turkey, Ece Temelkuran’s The Time of Mute Swans follows the lives of two children, Ali and Ayse, as they try to comprehend the changing world around them.

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An Appreciation of Reading

A simple answer to the question, “Why do I love to read?”

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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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The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer offers an interesting critique of the Vietnam War’s aftermath, holding both the American and the Vietnamese people responsible.

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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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The Snowman

Oslo detective, Harry Hole, is going up against a vicious killer in Jo Nesbo’s seventh book The Snowman.

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Kindred

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