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Review of “Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel” by Trent Dalton

If I had to choose only one word to describe this book, I think I would pick “stunning,” which in fact I have seen other reviewers of this book use. However, I believe the protagonist, Eli, who usually tries to … Continue reading

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Review of “The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe” by Ally Condie

Sometimes I am in the mood for a dystopia aimed at the young adult audience, but without a lot of world-building – just enough to set the scene. Common elements of this genre include teenage angst, romance, and evil political … Continue reading

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Poetry Month Kid Lit Review of “Under My Hijab” by Hena Khan

An Author’s Note in this book tells us that Islam asks its followers to dress in a modest way. A hijab is the common name for the headscarf that Muslim women wear to cover their hair. Khan writes: “They may … Continue reading

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Review of “The Perfect Alibi: A Novel” by Phillip Margolin

This is the second book in a legal thriller series featuring lawyer Robin Lockwood, but I did not read the previous book. It is fine as a standalone, however. Robin is a young partner in a small firm in Portland, … Continue reading

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Review of “Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy” edited by Nadine Epstein

This moving collection of speeches by Wiesel, pictures of him, and essays about him by others pays tribute to the life of Elie Wiesel, who died on July 2, 2016. Eliezer Wiesel was born in 1928 in Romania, and was … Continue reading

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