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A review of Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

My most recent Facebook status was a recommendation of the new novel Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and since I gave it a shoutout there, I thought I should do so here as well. Private high school student Amelia Baron is every teacher’s dream, a great athlete and voracious reader. She is popular without trying in her elite Brooklyn NY prep school Grace Hall. That is why it’s unbelievable when she plunges to her death off the school’s roof (not a spoiler it’s the opening ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
July 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson

It’s a fantasy for a lot of people; rent out the house, pay off some bills and give it all up for an adventure. For the Wilson family from Des Moines, Iowa this fantasy became a reality when they reorganized their life for a sabbatical in another country, Croatia. Jennifer Wilson had been traveling her whole life and as an accomplished writer the sabbatical seemed like a great idea for her to explore her immigrant roots. Her architect husband Jim’s role on the trip was to make sure their two ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
October 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio

I think it started in college with a term paper, but maybe it was even in my high school history class? (I always paid attention because the teacher was the cute wrestling coach). This isn’t my first review about a Kennedy related title, I did one about a fabulous coffee table book a few years ago and I took care of my Kennedy fix this winter by listening to ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
April 30, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon

At the end of every meeting of our Sequoya mystery book discussion we give the novel we’ve discussed a numerical grade, 1 low and 10 high. John Verdon’s debut Think of a Number wowed ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
March 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

I could never remember the title correctly to order this one, Sister Brother, Brother’s Sister, what the heck? The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt was shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year and while I normally don’t read many of those “fancy” literary novels this one actually ended up being a prize winner in my book too. Eli and Charlie Sisters are notorious hit men in the Oregon Territory and ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
February 15, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston

Every year one of my New Year’s resolutions is to go through an enormous tub of pictures, letters, ticket stubs and other memorabilia from my past and paste together an old fashioned scrapbook. This intimidating task was once again put to the backburner, but this time for a good reason, to READ a scrapbook. There are plenty of books written in letter form (epistolary fiction) but Caroline Preston’s latest book The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
January 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Stories about thirty something Dads stuck in corporate jobs they hate, trying to stay hip with Foster the People t-shirts, playing in bands on the weekends and flirting with the checkout girl at Whole Foods? Matthew Norman’s debut, Domestic Violets, fits this description perfectly and is a great first novel. Tom Violet lives in DC with his wife and daughter; toiling away at a soul-sucking for a company he sarcastically calls the “Death Star.” He battles his boss Greg on a daily basis and the ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
October 24, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The bracelet saying “WWJD” asks "what would Jesus do?" but a discussion about Tom Perrotta’s new book The Leftovers could definitely start by asking "what would YOU do?" Set in the near future in his favorite landscape, suburbia, Perrotta book deals with an apocalyptic type event which takes place on October 14 (eerily close by) where over 1 million people across the world instantaneously ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
October 6, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me by Hilary Winston

  I normally limit my memoirs to the car, listening to an author tell their story is a great way to handle the same twenty minute drive every day. I’m listening to Blood, Bones and Butter by chef Gabrielle Hamilton right now and end up feeling hungry every night on my commute home. An exception to this “listen only” policy was made for Hilary Winston’s new book My Boyfriend Wrote a Book about ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
August 11, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore

I had not read any Kristin Gore’s novels (yes, she is Al’s daughter) but always heard good things about her Capitol Hill stories. Her latest book is not a peek inside the beltway political page-turner, but rather a meandering short novel set in rural Mississippi. Sweet Jiminy is about a young woman who travels back to her grandmother’s rural town after dropping out of law school. Jiminy is her name but the most of the plot revolves around another long gone Jiminy, daughter of a friend ...read more

Reviewed by Katharine - Sequoya on
June 16, 2011 | 2 comments