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Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is one of the best authors on race in America. He has particular skill in taking the racial history of this country and weaving his literary characters around them – characters that are…

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a transformative and inspiring book. The author, Ocean Vuong, was born in Saigon, was not literate in English until age 11, and yet has wrote some of the most…

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Local Author Spotlight: Wendy O'Leary

Our most popular book through the Christmas season and to begin the new year is local author Wendy O’Leary’s Breathing Makes It Better. I conducted the following interview with Wendy to shed some insight into…

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Land of Tears by Robert Harms

In Land of Tears, Yale historian Robert Harms ties together the Arabian, French, and Belgian “opening” of the Congo River in the interior of Africa in the late 19th-century. Historians have previously studied the Belgian,…

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Review: "The End Is Always Near" by Dan Carlin

What if I told you that someone walking the earth in present day Manhattan in the year 2200 had no idea there once a place named New York City? Imagine they had no idea of…

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Review "One Day" by Gene Weingarten

Have you ever looked up what happened on your birthday? What were the biggest news events? What lead the news at 6:00? Who else shares the birthday with you? Who died? Was someone of note…

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New Releases: Get Ready for Hot Takes

Every now and then, a book drops that dominates the literary landscape. Sometimes they are highly anticipated releases of noteworthy fiction, other times a new book about a life or even cookbooks that highlight a…

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The Cockroach by Ian McEwan

In a spin on Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis,’ Booker-Prize winning author Ian McEwan has created a world in which a cockroach has transitioned into a man, and this man has the control of the British…

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New Releases 11/12/19

This is a big week for LGBT releases. Also new literature on cultural appropriation, the state of Trump, the Pentagon and the environment (and Greta!), a 2019 Economics Nobel Prize Winner and some new history…

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How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

“A memoir,” Isabelle Allende once wrote, “is an invitation into someone else’s privacy.” The personal reflections of Saeed Jones in How We Fight For Our Lives thrust the reader into the author’s inner psyche as…

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