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Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Synopsis: In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed—a failed physician—to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonja, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of… Continue reading Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

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Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Synopsis: Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold… Continue reading Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Synopsis: This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was gifted to me by my best friend,… Continue reading Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Synopsis: Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly… Continue reading Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

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Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Synopsis: Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo… Continue reading Review: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Review: The Luminous Sea by Melissa Barbeau

Synopsis: A team of researchers from a nearby university have set up a research station in a fictional outport in Newfoundland, studying the strange emergence of phosphorescent tides. And Vivienne, a young assistant, accidentally captures a creature unknown to science: a kind of fish, both sentient and distinctly female. As the project supervisor and lead… Continue reading Review: The Luminous Sea by Melissa Barbeau

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Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Synopsis: Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by… Continue reading Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Review: Nothing Without Us Anthology

Synopsis: We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re… Continue reading Review: Nothing Without Us Anthology

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Review: 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain

Synopsis: Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten),… Continue reading Review: 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain

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Review: Cat’s Game by Sara Marie

Synopsis: a collection of poems for the feelings we chase, the ghosts we face, the escapes we crave and the love we find along the way.~yet,despite all of the hurt,you will find healing, you will carry perspectiveon the tip of your tongueand you will find thateven the darkness has its timeand place and whether you… Continue reading Review: Cat’s Game by Sara Marie

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Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Synopsis: Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities… Continue reading Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Happy July friends! I hope that everyone's summers have been going well! I've been super busy working two jobs and moving - so as a result my writing and reading has been at a low point for the past two months. But with my move finished and my job schedules more regular now, I'm hoping… Continue reading Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot