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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: Before You Were Mine June 9, 2017

Before You Were Mine Disclaimer: I was given a copy of “Before You Were Mine” by Em Muslin by the good folks at Books and the Bear in exchange for an honest review. “Before You Were Mine” tells the story of Eli Bell. Eli gets pregnant at 14, and her baby daughter is taken away…

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Book Review — Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore June 2, 2017

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel I was utterly charmed by Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It appealed to everything nerdy in me, but at the same time was funny and warm. Clay Jannon* is an award winning designer who lost his job when the startup he worked for, NewBagel, went under. He…

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BOOK REVIEW — Why We Broke Up May 5, 2017

  Why We Broke Up I picked up Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler for kind of strange reasons, but then that’s why I pick up most books. I was in a used book store, and it just looked different than the other books. Thicker. Heavier. When I literally picked it up, it weighed…

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BOOK REVIEW — Crash, Bang, Burn April 14, 2017

  Crash Bang Burn “Crash, Bang, Burn,” by K. Dawn Goodwin is the first fictional book by the author of the memoir “Until He Comes.” It follows Edie, a bible college dropout and family pariah, who finds herself in metro Atlanta trying to find herself. She meets Nathen Crosland, aka “Cross,” a fireman, and all…

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Book Review — Scythe by Neal Shusterman February 23, 2017

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) Neal Shusterman is known, at least by me, and by the myriad of prestigious agencies that have given him impressive awards, for his incredibly thoughtful and interesting premises. Written in the guise of young adult literature, there is nothing childish about his writing at all. In “Scythe,” Shusterman demonstrates his…

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BOOK REVIEW: Midlife Happy Hour December 23, 2016

  Midlife Happy Hour: Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and Chaos (Midlife Cabernet Book 2) Midlife Cabernet, by Elaine Ambrose, raises a glass to the advantages of late middle age. Young enough to still have fun, but old enough not to have too many responsibilities left, Elaine makes you wish you could move to…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman December 16, 2016

  The Gentleman: A Novel The Gentleman, by Forrest Leo, is a fun novel, creative and entertaining. In it, Lionel Strange, a fair-to-middling poet brimming with unearned self-confidence finds himself without enough money to keep the life to which he has become accustomed. To solve this problem he marries the beautiful and wealth Vivien Lancaster.…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Good Luck of Right Now September 8, 2016

  The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick is a strange little book, with a narrator reminiscent of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.” Bartholomew Neil is a man in his late 30’s, clearly impaired in some way, though it is…

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VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR: A Solitary Romance August 17, 2016

A Solitary Romance: Book 1 in the Only Love Series Disclaimer: The good folks at Books and the Bear gave me a copy of A Solitary Romance in exchange for an honest review. A Solitary Romance by Violet Sparks tells the story of Katrina Crimshaw, or “Kate,” a CPA and auditor who has a blog…

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BOOK REVIEW: Someone Could Get Hurt July 8, 2016

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood “Someone Could Get Hurt” by Drew Magary is a hilarious parenting memoir that is relatable and heartbreaking at the same time. I bought this book because I read Magary’s Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog, an annual snark-fest making fun of the Christmas catalog that, while…

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