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A review of Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

Finally. Somebody throws the doors wide open on the discussion of working moms and introduces a thought-provoking personal experiment. I needed this book. Shonda Rhimes is a critically acclaimed television producer and writer whose shows include Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal and ...read more

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February 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana J. Knizhnik

This is an exceptional book about the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG). I have no doubt that RBG will go down in history as one of the most influential figures in the fight for gender equality and civil rights and now she's got the positive notoriety of an Internet movement behind her. The idea behind the RBG craze started with a maverick young lawyer named Shana Knizhnik who created the Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr. ...read more

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February 1, 2016 | 0 comments
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees The National Book Critics Circle Awards, determined by a jury of critics and book review editors, honor excellence in six categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  Nominees in all categories follow: Fiction Lauren Groff Fates and FuriesPaul Beatty, The Sellout ...read more

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January 26, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

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January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A small white dog with a pink bow named Diva and a green-eyed black cat named Flea become unlikely friends and adventurers in this story set in Paris, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. A self-identified flâneur, or idle man-about-town, Flea finds the serious, somewhat-nervous, somewhat-sheltered Diva guarding the whole of 11 avenue Le Play, including the courtyard. Their friendship develops and they both gain something valuable from the other. Diva and Flea think like small children ...read more

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January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of George by Alex Gino

George is a transgender fourth grader identifying as a girl. Her class is studying Charlotte's Web and all of the students are invited to try out for parts in the school play version. George dreams of playing Charlotte. She rehearses and rehearses and has the part down perfectly. The problem is that George's teacher wants her to try out for the parts of Wilbur or Templeton. And George doesn't want that. What follows is a tender, yet tenacious, story about knowing who you are and ...read more

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December 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Oh, Mindy. It's official. I will read anything that you write. Thank you for telling us that you stopped at McDonald's after a difficult Hollywood meeting to eat not one, but two Egg McMuffins. It does not get more real than that. It's no secret that I enjoy reading comedy memoirs. It's one of my best things. At the top of my list include the books written by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Jim Gaffigan. At the very tippy top of my list are the books written by Mindy Kaling. Her books are humorous, ...read more

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December 21, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of It's a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson

Still touring! An early advocate of biofuels! Farm Aid organizer! Married to two women at the same time! It's a Long Story covers all 82 years of Willie Nelson's life, from the early days of poverty in Texas to his start as a clean-cut DJ and his metamorphosis into an "outlaw" musician. Stardust is one of my favorite albums of all-time and I was ...read more

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December 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson

Are you looking for a gentle scare? This is a darling book full of zombies and werewolves and inhabitants of the netherworld. The cupcake eating vampire and bat-shaped pig-tails on the cover assure the reader of this!  We are first introduced to Princess Decomposia, an overworked, neglected Princess quietly and competently overseeing the Underground Kingdom while her paranoid and hypochondriac bedbound father, the King, harasses all of his staff. The King refuses to eat anything but broth ...read more

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December 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Euphoria by Lily King

anthropologynoun the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture theology dealing with the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings Lily King's book Euphoria takes place in the 1930s when the science of anthropology was shifting from the study of ...read more

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November 25, 2015 | 0 comments