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Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

The Review Megan Giddings is the features editor of The Rumpus and author of some amazing short stories at places like The Iowa Review and Gulf Coast. After reading some of her shorter work, I was thrilled to receive and advanced copy of her debut novel. Lena Johnson, fresh from her grandmother's funeral, comes face… Continue reading Book Review: Lakewood by Megan Giddings

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Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

The Review Real Life by Brandon Taylor In a world full of sex comedies, could there be such a thing as a sex drama? Perhaps? Brandon Taylor's debut novel follows Wallace, a grad student, through a weekend which will forever change his life. As a reader, I picked up the book prepared for the truncated… Continue reading Book Review: Real Life by Brandon Taylor

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Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You

The Review And I Do Not Forgive You is a 2020 release, and the short story collection from Amber Sparks with the subtitle "and other revenges." Boy does it live up to that subtitle. At its heart, the collection shows modern people in the quasi-fantastic, mostly-all-too-real world of technology, familial betrayal, and city life. The… Continue reading Book Review: And I Do Not Forgive You

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Book Review: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates

The Review The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehesi Coates, is a marvel, the first full-length work of fiction by the author. The novel follows Hiram Walker, a child born into slavery and the child of the master of a plantation. Hi's incredible memory sets him apart as a child, bringing him not just to the attention… Continue reading Book Review: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates

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February 2019 Wrap-Up

Reading Wrap: Total books toward reading goal so far: 18/105 (2 ahead of schedule!)Total books read this month: 10Poetry book read for Poetry Challenge: Season of the Second Thought by Lynn Powell. Lovely nature-based poetry with a wry pushback-against-religious undertone. Lots of fine poems in the collection, picked up randomly off the shelf and glad I… Continue reading February 2019 Wrap-Up