Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “The Other Daughter” by Lauren Willig

Rachel Woodley has been a nursery governess in France for seven years when she receives a telegram that her beloved mother is dying. Her employer won’t give her time off to go back to England, so she quits, and hurries … Continue reading

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Review of “Jacksonland” by Steve Inskeep

It is ironic that Andrew Jackson, a murderer, kidnapper, slave owner, slave trader, land speculator acting on inside information, and last but not least, the cruel architect of Indian genocide, should hold such a revered place in the pantheon of … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “This Moose Belongs to Me” by Oliver Jeffers

This is a very funny story about Wilfred, a young boy who thinks he owns a moose he encounters. He names the moose Marcel, and explains to Marcel “the rules of how to be a good pet.” Most of the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Water Knife” by Paolo Bacigalupi

In The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi, the author based his book on a real article about the ways in which businesses systematically cast doubt on scientific studies that might interfere with their profit-making enterprises, allowing many dangerous commodities to … Continue reading

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Review of “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake” by Amy E. Reichert

This book is two love stories in one: the first involves the main protagonist, Lou, and a man she meets, and the other is about love for the city of Milwaukee, which is, as their tourism center justifiably claims, “a … Continue reading

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Review of “Half the World” by Joe Abercrombie

Note: There will be spoilers for Book One, Half A King, but none for this book, Book Two. Half the World continues the fantasy saga that began with Half A King. I re-read Book One before reading this one even … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio” by Robert Skead

In the winter of 1936, the manager of the New York Yankees wanted to test a 21-year-old prospect named Joe DiMaggio. He couldn’t think of any better way to see how he held up before a top pitcher than to … Continue reading

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