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“Our Italian Summer” by Jennifer Probst

Our Italian Summer tells the story of three generations of Ferrari women- Allegra, Francesca (Allegra’s mother), and Sophia (Francesca’s mother). While Sophia has a close bond with her granddaughter, Francesca’s focus on her company’s success has caused a rift between her and her daughter. Each woman feels unappreciated and misunderstood. Realizing that Francesca and Allegra’s […]

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“The hummingbirds’ gift” by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery, author of “The Soul of the Octopus”, wrote another little gem with the story of the miraculous recovery of two abandoned baby hummingbirds. When Brenda Sherburn, a volunteer hummingbird rehabilitator in California, received two orphaned birds, they were not much larger than bumblebees. Montgomery flew to California to help and document the process. […]

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Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir’s (The Martian) third book, starts with Ryland Grace waking up from a coma. He doesn’t know who he is or that he’s even in a space shuttle. He does know that he is utterly alone – his crewmates are dead in their beds. As his memories start to come back […]

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“Circe” by Madeline Miller

If you are a fan of Greek Mythology, sweeping stories told in lush, descriptive language, and great character arcs then this is the book for you. While this review is perhaps a few years late, for anyone who was hesitant to read this book due to all of the hype during its release, let me […]

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“One Last Stop” by Casey McQuinston

August’s New York experience is much like most transplants. Crowded subway rides, a diner job handing out greasy plates, and a slew of new roommates to adapt to. What isn’t typical is her encountering the most incredible girl on her train ride over and over again. What makes it stranger? This girl, Jane, with the […]

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Spy X Family; vol. 1

I was not sure what to expect when this new manga series cropped up in June of last year. From the outset, “Spy X Family” dresses itself up as an espionage thriller in a setting reminiscent of East and West Germany during the Cold War. For the sake of peace between the nations of Ostania […]

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“Secrets in Summer” by Nancy Thayer

Nancy Cotterill is a thirty-year-old children’s librarian living on the island of Nantucket. Her life is perfectly comfortable. She has a beautiful home, a job she loves, and a few close friends. Each summer when seasonal visitors come to the island, Nancy tries to keep her distance, realizing that it is not good to grow […]

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“A Peculiar Combination” by Ashley Weaver

Heist meets history in this fast paced and enjoyable World War II mystery. Ellie McDonnell is doing the best she can to survive in 1940 London. Blackout curtains, air raids, rationing, and the constant fear for her cousins who are fighting on the Continent are at the forefront of her mind, not to mention helping […]

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“The Good Lord Bird” DVD

Based on the award-winning novel by James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird” mini-series stars Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown.  The story is told from the point of view of “Little Onion”, a fictional enslaved young boy, who concealed his identity as a girl.  Onion becomes Brown’s good luck charm and follows his family and […]

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“I Used to Have a Plan (but life had other ideas)” by Alessandra Olanow

Lying face down on the floor. Hiding behind a potted plant. Floating, detached, in space. If you have ever found yourself in one of these situations — literally or figuratively — you are not alone. Artist Alessandra Olanow depicts these feelings in minimal pen and ink illustrations interspersed with spare text. I Used to Have […]