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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

A witch child who can talk to birds? Science whiz smart enough to build an AI computer in his bedroom? These two tweens, Patricia and Laurence form a trauma bond through their one commonality—they are both misfits, bullied at school, and to different degrees, at home. During one of her parentally forbidden romps through the […]

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Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

“The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s bizarre outbursts and subsequent descent into madness. As their home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to […]

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Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

When Maybell Parrish inherits her aunt’s estate in the Smoky Mountains, it’s the perfect opportunity to start fresh, away from her terrible bosses and toxic “friend.” But once she arrives at her new home, she’s shocked to learn she has to share the property with the hot but brooding groundskeeper, Wesley, who has (surprise!) co-inherited […]

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“Partners in Crime” by Alisha Rai

Thirty-five year old accountant Mira has achieved her goal of getting far away from her turbulent childhood and now just wants to find the perfect man to be her life partner.  But nobody is quite right, and she knows her matchmaker is about to give up on her when her aunt – the only person […]

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Carrie Soto is Back

In the last of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s loosely connected “famous women” series we follow Carrie Soto, the greatest tennis player the world has ever seen. She holds numerous records including 20 Grand Slam titles – that is until 1994 when powerhouse player Nicki Chan breaks that record. Now, at the age of 37, Carrie decides […]

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Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

In this engaging and often sardonic first-person account, the nameless child narrator tells the stories of his life growing up in a family of werewolves. Gritty and realistic, Jones draws a vivid picture of the life of people who scrape by on the edges of society. Werewolves are always hungry, always on the hunt and […]

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Evil Season 1

A skeptical clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue collar contractor as they investigate supposed abnormal events, including, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. This show was a very pleasant surprise, it was much scarier than I expected for […]

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Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Twenty-something Hana Khan is juggling multiple responsibilities including her radio station internship, her podcast, and her job at her mother’s halal restaurant in the tight-knit Toronto community of Golden Crescent. Despite the workload, she’s got a handle on her present and clear goals for her future—a future that involves telling stories. That is, of course, […]

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Scenes From My Life by Michael K. Williams

“I want to tell my story not because it’s unique but because it is not”. “A moving, unflinching memoir of hard-won success, struggles with addiction, and a lifelong mission to give back from the late iconic actor beloved for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Lovecraft Country. When Michael K. Williams died on […]