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Moving on

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A review of Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Sometimes a yard sale can mean discovering marvelous treasures, fun times with parents or loved ones, or simply a summer day activity. But for Callie, the young protagonist in Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, it means that she has to give away all of her beloved things and move to a small apartment. Callie watches as a lady buys her bed “with crayon marks on it” and sees a man loading up her favorite red bike onto his truck. In Callie, we see (and feel) the heartache of leaving behind the much-loved and the familiar.

Aug 9, 2019

I recommend Common in all things

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A review of Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir by Common (Musician) with Mensah Demary

Because he is awesome, that is why. 

Common is the coolest.

He is what's referred to in the hip hop world as a conscious artist. He embraces themes of love and struggle and sharing his own search for knowledge. Right on! He chooses projects that do more than make him famous, but his fame provides him with a platform to do more. He's also the first rapper to win an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.

Aug 8, 2019

Oh the places I'd like to go

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A review of A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

I'm a big fan of mysteries. I'm also a big fan of the author Nalini Singh. But up until now the twain did not meet in the same book. Singh, who has written contemporary, paranormal and suspenseful romances (and all extremely well), is venturing into the mystery genre (and returning to her roots in New Zealand) with her new novel A Madness of Sunshine.

Aug 7, 2019

Summer sleuthing

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New Mysteries

What are you reading this summer? For the past couple of years I've been sharing a list of new mysteries that I am looking forward to - and here is the latest batch. I've already started checking off some on my summer mysteries list. I've met some new and some old familiar characters and am looking forward to meeting and catching up with some more. To get your started, if you like historical mysteries then check the The Darwin Affair  by Tim Mason. I enjoyed It.

Aug 5, 2019

Korean Heroine explores the Universe

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A review of Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl by Korean-American author, Yoon Ha Lee stars a plucky 13-year old fox spirit named Min.  She usually appears as a human girl, but she can transform herself into pretty much anything and has the ability to throw Charm at others to nudge them and their moods in the direction she's hoping for.  She also happens to be a master mechanic willing to go to the ends of the universe to find out what happened to her beloved older brother who disappeared during his Space Forces training tour.

Aug 1, 2019

My best book of the year

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A review of Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

I can't imagine any book topping this one for me in 2019. The snappy and shocking title is one of the reasons I love it so much. It's funny, smart, and helpful in a cuddly way, despite the whopper of a title. The authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are the true crime comedy podcast stars of My Favorite Murder and their podcast provides background for the book. True crime is what brought Karen and Georgia together and how and why they have a fabulous book deal.

Jul 31, 2019

A splendid little moon

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A review of The Revolution of the Moon by Andrea Camilleri

The news of the recent passing of Italian novelist Andrea Camilleri means a great loss to the mystery readers, as Camilleri was particularly known for his Inspector Montalbano series set in contemporary Sicily. Yet the late-blooming Camilleri (he wrote his first novel in his sixties) was remarkably prolific, writing close to a hundred novels in a variety of genres, notably historical fiction. Born in Sicily, Camilleri had a knack for mining the island’s rich history and culture.

Jul 24, 2019


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