Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “The Wolf Border” by Sarah Hall

This beautifully written book held my attention throughout the story, but I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. Britain Rachel Caine has been living in Nez Perce, Idaho for the past ten years, tracking and studying wolves on … Continue reading

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Review of “The Firebird” by Susanna Kearsley

This is a companion book to The Winter Sea, so while it is nice to read both, and to have read The Winter Sea first, it is entirely unnecessary. Both are very well researched, shedding light not only on the … Continue reading

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Review of “In A French Kitchen” by Susan Herrmann Loomis

This is a combination memoir and cookbook highlighting the seemingly effortless accomplishments of the French in preparing delicious food. As Loomis explains: Whether or not they like to cook doesn’t really enter into it. Food and eating are simply priorities, … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music” by Margarita Engle

How many girls still grow up being told that “girls can’t do that”? I know I was – not by my parents, but by others, who discouraged me from pursuing my dreams. This is a story inspired by a Chinese-African-Cuban … Continue reading

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Review of “50 Things You Should Know About The Second World War” by Simon Adams

Like the analogously named book about World War I, this small book is replete with excellent maps, great photos, fascinating fact-boxes, and reader-friendly infographics. But of course, limiting a vast subject like “World War II” to “fifty things” is going … Continue reading

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Review of “The Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows

Barrows, the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, here too incorporates some of the same epistolary technique to tell the engrossing story of a small town in Macedonia, West Virginia in the summer of 1938. In order … Continue reading

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Review of “After We Fall” by Emma Kavanagh

This book might be described as an “oblique” police procedural. That is, the focus is elsewhere, and the procedural skirts along the edges of the main thrust of the story. It centers on a plane crash in Wales on a … Continue reading

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