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Review: Small Great Things

By on March 21, 2017

I picked up Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things because I know she can draw me into a story about contemporary issues with characters I can connect and identify with. I’ve read all of Picoult’s novels with an exception of one or two (working on those) because she writes about…

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Book Review: Wishful Drinking

By on March 16, 2017

After Carrie Fisher died in December, I read many tributes to her witty and affecting literary voice. It seemed a shame that I’d never explored her work, so I put Wishful Drinking, her well-reviewed 2008 memoir, on hold at the library. The long wait was worth it: the book…

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By on March 14, 2017

Sometimes, writing book reviews is hard. I have a lot of feelings about the book or maybe none at all. I hated the book, but don’t feel like dissecting why. I loved the book and just don’t know how to expand on that feeling. But, I always manage to…

A Piece of the World


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Review: A Piece of the World

By on March 9, 2017

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review!

I was SO excited for this one! I fell in love with Christina Baker Kline when I read Orphan Train last year. I reviewed it just recently, ahead of reading her new…

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Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

By on March 6, 2017

Why: I swear this was inadvertently another World War II read! The cover actually caught my eye because I have been fascinated with trains since I was a little girl and would run down the block to count engines and hope to see a caboose. What sold me, though, was…

This Is Where I Am


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This is Where I Am

By on February 28, 2017

I wanted to like this, I really did, especially because this story is regional and was published by a local publishing house, University of Minnesota Press. Zeke Caligiuri is currently serving a 34-year sentence for robbery and second-degree murder. Caligiuri grew up in South Minneapolis in the early 90s….

The PEarl That Broke Its Shell


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Review: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

By on February 23, 2017

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The Pearl That Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi takes place in Afghanistan and jumps between two characters, Rahima, and her great-aunt, Shekiba. Rahima’s story takes place in 2007 when at age 9, she embraces the custom of bacha posh, a tradition that allows young girls to dress…

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Cookbook Review: One Part Plant

By on February 21, 2017

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Harper Wave (February 21, 2017)

“This book is joyful, playful, delicious, and guess what? It will also change your life. I invite you to follow Jessica into the vast green wilderness.” — Lena Dunham

Wellness advocate and podcaster Jessica Murnane is the friend you never knew you had. And…

Racing in the Rain


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Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

By on February 20, 2017

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, was my book club’s January selection. It’s told from a dog’s perspective and is quite widely acclaimed, so I was excited to read it.

However, I have few good things to say about it. Before I get into my thoughts…

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination


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Review: An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

By on February 16, 2017

Before I get into my review of this lovely memoir, I have to preface this post with with some words about my own life, as my personal life greatly influences how this book made me feel.

3.5 weeks ago, I delivered my firstborn into this world. His name is Jonah…

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