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15 10, 2015

Read of the Week: The Fifth Season

You know a book is going to be good when it starts with the end of the world. In this amazing first installment of a new fantasy series from N.K. Jemisin, the world is occasionally wracked by horrific natural disasters called ‘Seasons’, during which humanity must struggle to survive against

8 10, 2015

Read of the Week: Baba Yaga’s Assistant

In Baba Yaga’s Assistant, a middle grade graphic novel by Marika McCoola, everyone tells horrible stories about the evil and terrifying witch, Baba Yaga. Parents threaten their children with visits from Baba Yaga to get their children to behave. Masha knows there is more to Baba Yaga than what the

4 09, 2015

Read of the Week: Game Change

It’s that special season again! It only comes every four years. Of course, I’m talking about the Presidential primary election season. One of the best and most interesting books ever written about this distinctive season is Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. It was written during the historic

20 08, 2015

Read of the Week: The Underwriting

Described as “The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street”,  Michelle Miller’s debut novel The Underwriting, sounded like the perfect summer read. I really have no understanding of how things work on Wall Street, so I thought I might gain a little insight while enjoying a juicy read. I

6 08, 2015

Read of the Week: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon is in love and he’s not all that sure of what to do with that fact. He’s been exchanging emails with Blue, his mystery admirer who goes to the same school, when the emails fall into the wrong hands. In a flash, Simon finds himself being blackmailed by Martin,

23 07, 2015

Read of the Week: Morning Glory

Set in Seattle in a houseboat community, Sarah Jio’s Morning Glory focuses on Ada Santorini, a recent transplant from New York City who is trying to find peace after losing her husband and young daughter in a tragic accident. Shortly after arriving on Boat Street, Ada learns that her new

9 07, 2015

Read of the Week: Inside Out & Back Again

Ten-year-old Ha’s life is about to drastically change. She is living in Saigon in 1975 during the Vietnam War and it is no longer safe. She lives with her mother and her three older brothers.  Her father was captured and has been missing for the past nine years. With the

18 06, 2015

Read of the Week: The Cuckoo’s Calling

By now, most people are aware that “Robert Galbraith” is J.K. Rowling, but this book does not need a famous name attached to it in order to prove its worth:  it does that all on its own! The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in a series of detective novels that

11 06, 2015

Read of the Week: Listen, Slowly

Thanhhà Lại, author of National Book Award-winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, introduces readers to 12-year-old Mai in her new middle grade novel, Listen, Slowly. Mai, a California beach girl, is not happy when her parents tell her this summer she must travel to Vietnam with

4 06, 2015

Read of the Week: Without You, There Is No Us

Suki Kim’s fascinating memoir, “Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite”, takes us through the author’s year spent in North Korea as an English teacher in 2011. Kim is a journalist who was interested in learning more about life in North Korea.