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Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

By on April 22, 2018

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood is the story of a young girl named Wavy, and her life in the very broken part of the Midwest….

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Bryn Greenwood
Thomas Dunne Books
August 9, 2016

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

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Book Review: The Fox Hunt

By on April 17, 2018

First of all, I have to say thank you to Joli for choosing me to review The Fox Hunt, by Mohammed Al Samawi. So many of my passions and…

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Mohammed Al Samawi
William Morrow
April 10, 2018

A young man’s moving story of war, friendship, and hope in which he recounts his harrowing escape from a brutal civil war in Yemen with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.

Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

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Review Roundup

By on April 1, 2018

Review Roundup: My mini book reviews of January & February
We girls at LQ read a LOT of books. Sometimes we write full reviews, but sometimes, especially for older novels…

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Review: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

By on February 12, 2018

“The impossible happens once to each of us.”
The Synopsis:
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer is the story of a young woman’s travel through time to escape…

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Andrew Sean Greer
June 17, 2013

Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.

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Review: Artemis

By on February 4, 2018

Andy Weir’s sophomore novel, Artemis, was released at the end of 2017, following his critically acclaimed The Martian which was published in 2012 with the movie quickly following on…

Andy Weir