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Review of “Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City” by Paul Strathern

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. This is an historical account about the complicated times during the Renaissance when two main opposing forces were seeking to win the hearts and minds (and souls) of the influential citizens of … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born” by Anna Egan Smucker

As the author’s note explains at the end of the book, “We cannot be exactly sure who invented the pretzel.” But there are a number of theories, and this book expands on one of them, involving a monk who formed … Continue reading

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Review of “We Never Asked For Wings” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I had trouble warming up to this book. The story was in one sense about baby mamas having babies and then neglecting them, out of either lack of any parental sense of duty (in the case of Letty) or of … Continue reading

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Review of “Fool’s Quest” by Robin Hobb

Note: Spoilers for previous books in the Farseer saga and for Fool’s Assassin This book picks up immediately after the end of Fool’s Assassin, when Fitz’s nine-year-old daughter Bee was kidnapped from their country estate at Withywoods by Servants of … Continue reading

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Review of “The Start of Me and You” by Emery Lord

This YA story differs from most in that, although the protagonist and narrator, Paige Hancock, is 16 and a junior in high school, she is pretty naïve about boys, still attached to her “Grammy,” and pretty much of a “goody … Continue reading

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Review of “The Upright Thinkers” by Leonard Mlodinow

Note: This review is by my husband Jim. In The Upright Thinkers, Leonard Mlodinow sets out to summarize the development of humanity’s perception of the world and the role of human beings in it. He takes us from the first … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Ruth and the Green Book” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

This picture book will acquaint many readers with The Green Book, a yearly publication first available in 1936 that notified African Americans of places that would welcome black travelers. Before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, many hotels, restaurants, … Continue reading

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