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First Born by Will Dean

First Born explores the toll the death of an identical twin can take. When Molly Raven learns her identical twin sister KT is dead, it seems as though several rugs have been pulled out from under her all at once.... Continue Reading →

Bomb Shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

Bomb Shelter is a collection of essays by Mary Laura Philpott who writes about her life and her "hostages to fortune" as Sir Francis Bacon once called the peril of loving one's children and spouse. Her son had a seizure... Continue Reading →

Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin

Tell Me An Ending is a sci-fi thriller that explores the value and ethics of a new technology, one that allows certain memories to be removed. For example, someone is involved in a tragic incident that haunts them, perhaps gives... Continue Reading →

Just Pursuit by Laura Coates

Just Pursuit is an excellent, fast-paced memoir of Laura Coates' career as a prosecutor. She does not sugarcoat her role and in the first chapter tells of how a man was deported because she did what she was required to... Continue Reading →

The Appeal by Janice Hallet

The Appeal is a new take on the epistolary novel, though rather than well-thought-out correspondence between two people, it's a collection of text messages and e-mails among several people that are being reviewed by junior lawyers to look for grounds... Continue Reading →

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl tells the story of Nella, an assistant to an editor at a prestigious publishing house. She is thrilled when another Black woman comes to work there, hoping for some solidarity in her desire to push for... Continue Reading →

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend by Sanford D. Greenberg

When I saw this memoir had an introduction from Art Garfunkel, a foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a final word from Margaret Atwood, I had to read it. I mean a musician, justice, and writer come together and... Continue Reading →

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue is a delightful romance that began in childhood when sixteen-year-old Emmie attached a hurtful secret to a balloon and sent it off in the air. Lucas found it and emailed her response and so began a life-long... Continue Reading →

Snow by Gilles Whittell

Snow¬†was always of paramount importance while growing up in northern Minnesota. Walking out to the main road to put the flag out for the snow plow could be easy or difficult depending on the quality of the snow. Fine powdery... Continue Reading →

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