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Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Beautiful Country is a memoir of a woman whose parents overstayed their visa making the three of them undocumented immigrants, a family living in fear of deportation back to China. She begins her story as a child in China, her... Continue Reading →

The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall

The Spectacular, by Zoe Whittal, is the story of three women who struggle with the demands placed on women as mothers. The story begins with Missy, a cellist and rock band musician who is desperately seeing a tubal ligation before... Continue Reading →

Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne

Paper & Blood is the second book in the Ink & Sigil series. In this installment, our outwardly unimpressive hero, Al MacBharrais learns that a sigil agent and her apprentice have disappeared, he sets out to rescue her if he... Continue Reading →

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows is a historical fantasy that centers on Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, but a far more consequential Lady of Shallot than the passive victim of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem. She is a seer, blessed or cursed... Continue Reading →

Battle for the Soul by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump is a richly detailed overview of the primary and general election campaign to take back the White House. It begins with the heartbreaking defeat of Hillary Clinton through the... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

A Quantum Life by Hakeem Oluseyi

A Quantum Life is the memoir of Hakeem Oluwesi, an astrophysicist who with his own extraordinary mind, hard work, and a few critical teachers went from poverty and crime to working for NASA. It is also an extraordinary example of... Continue Reading →

Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

It's the Harlem Renaissance, though for young women like Louise Lloyd, scraping by as a waitress, the glamour is superficial while the struggle is real. By day she works at Maggie's Cafe and by night she dances up a storm... Continue Reading →

Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

Ink & Sigil is an enjoyable fantasy for the great world-builder Kevin Hearne. Al MacBharrais is our narrator hero, a sigil agent, one of only five sigil agents in the world and he has trouble. His apprentice died choking on... Continue Reading →

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Cara is a traverser, a traveler from Earth 0 to the other possible Earths created by the many decisions people make in their lives. Traversers are drawn from the poor and desperate people of Ash Town, the impoverished city outside... Continue Reading →

Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink and Stars is an exciting story of a young girl named Isabella whose father is a cartographer, a lost art since their island has been cut off from the world after a terrible tyrant has invaded... Continue Reading →

A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne

A Blight of Blackwings is the second book in Kevin Hearne's Seven Kennings fantasy series. It moves several groups of people forward from A Blight of Blackwings. As before we have the historian Dervan narrating the story with some of... Continue Reading →

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You by Kyle McCarthy

Everyone Knows How Much I Love You is the story of friendship that goes back to childhood. Rose and Lacie were inseparable friends until Rose betrayed Lacie. Now they are adults establishing themselves in their careers, Rose as a writer... Continue Reading →

A Desperate Place by Jennifer Greer

A Desperate Place is a mystery that takes place in Medford, Oregon. I had to read it for that reason. And then to make it better, it features a crime-solving duo. McKenna and Riggs are a reporter and a pathologist... Continue Reading →

Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Who Did You Tell? is a thriller of the someone-knows-your-secret variety. Astrid is an alcoholic who is 192 days sober. She has hit what she thinks is her rock-bottom, has come home to live with her mother whose disapproval and... Continue Reading →

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