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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies tells the story of a marriage using two different points of view but it is not a typical he said/she said. Instead a rather erudite narrator starts … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

In Behold the Dreamers, the lives of two families become intertwined when Clark Edwards, a Lehman Brothers executive, hires Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant, to be his driver. While Edwards … Continue reading

July 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonsson

Ads proclaiming The Summer Before the War to be just the thing for those who were missing “Downton Abbey” (which had just ended) were popping up everywhere when I first … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

In Miller’s Valley, Mimi Miller lives on a farm near a small town where everyone knows that the government wants to come in and flood the valley as part of … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Journalist Margo Jefferson, born in the 1940s to prosperous African Americans, begins asking critical questions as a child, the kind of questions that can make parents uncomfortable—“Are we rich?” “Do … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The title of this book, What is Not Yours is Not Yours,” seems to be the photo negative of the frequently uttered pop psychology phrase “What’s mine is mine.” Each … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

This fascinating fictional account of Israel’s King David is told through the eyes of Natan (Nathan) the prophet who advised and chastised the king from the wandering years when the … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

In this novel in verse, a young Haitian girl and her family struggle with poverty as she dreams of getting an education to become a doctor. She is inspired to … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Turner House & The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

I’m not sure what took me so long to read both The Turner House and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie but it made sense to read them together as companion … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Re Jane by Patricia Park

In Re Jane, Patricia Park reimagines Jane Eyre in a modern setting where Jane is a put-upon Korean orphan living in Queens and working in her uncle’s small grocery store. … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment
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