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“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour

The vampire in “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (2014) doesn’t seem to relish being a vampire. It seems she’d rather be listening to music, or eating hamburgers brought to her by cute boys. There are only three kills in the entire movie, two of them perpetrated against men mistreating women. In between these […]

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“The Wishing Game” by Meg Shaffer

As a lonely child, Lucy Hart tried to run away to Clock Island, the made-up world created by her favorite author Jack Masterson.  As a struggling grown-up, Lucy is facing the hard truth that everything doesn’t always work out in the end, and even working hard and wishing with all her might will not get […]

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“Slime: A Natural History” by Susanne Wedlich

Are you looking for a gooed popular science book? Slime: A Natural History by Susanne Wedlich, translated from German by Ayça Türkoğlu, oozes charm. The text touches on the biology of slime of all kinds, from organisms like slime molds to secretions like mucus, but doesn’t get mired in complex scientific details. The book also […]

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“The Villa” by Rachel Hawkins

Jumping between two time lines and following two woman, Rachel Hawkins “The Villa” is a richly detailed and mysterious rehashing of the infamous time that Mary Shelley spent in Geneva where she wrote the seminal “Frankenstein”. In 1974, Villa Aestas in Italy was called home by a group of rock stars, musicians, their tag-a-long friends, […]

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Weyward by Emilia Hart

It’s not easy to live up to this cover. If I were the author, Emilia Hart, I’d have been both ecstatic and terrified when the publisher first showed me the art for this novel. I mean, look at it! And I’m going to raise your expectations even more. It’s hard to believe this is a […]

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Jaws by Peter Benchley

Just in time for Shark Week. Have you read the book that started it all? Before the iconic movie there was this book published in 1974 and written by Peter Benchley. If you can get past the egregiously dated language and attitudes of the 1970s, this book makes entertaining beach reading or can help extend […]

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“Mississippi Masala” by Mira Nair

Jay and Kinnu are a Ugandan couple of Indian descent living happily in Kampala with their daughter, Mina. In 1972, amid anti-Indian sentiment, Idi Amin orders all Indians out of the country, giving them 90 days to leave. Heartbroken, Jay, Kinnu, and Mina travel to England, and ultimately, a small town in Mississippi. Now present […]

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Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

Tress enjoys an uncomplicated life on a tiny island called The Rock that’s situated in the Emerald Sea where she works as a cleaner, collects cups, and is close with the local duke’s son, Charlie. The Duke does not approve, so he secretes Charlie away to find him a suitable wife, but returns with a […]

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Imogen, Obviously

Becky Albertalli’s latest title follows high school senior Imogen and her discovering her bi-sexuality. Imogen has always been a staunch ally, her sister and best friends are queer. She’s up to date on all the queer media and attends her school’s GSA meetings. She’s straight with a capital S. Then she goes to visit her […]