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Book Review: Yellowface by R. F. Kuang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars A cheeky take on the publishing industry and unwritten rules about who can write what: in June Hayward/Juniper Song, Kuang has created a despicable yet compelling character due to June’s perseverance after making a gigantic error in judgment. It’s hard not to sympathize with Junie despite disliking her actions […]

Book Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book, its characters, and its setting, Washington State, during the early years of the 20th century, touched my heart. For several characters, the actions and thought patterns perfectly illustrate the aftermath caused by childhood trauma. The vivid portrayal of the landscape, the trees, the mountains, the characters, and […]

Book Review: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This gripping retelling of the Trojan war from the perspective of the women did not disappoint. With an extensive cast of characters from both sides of the war, this book creates a unique portrait of the horrors brought about by a war waged for sketchy reasons. From the viewpoint […]

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars Equal parts funny and heartbreaking, Eleanor shows us what it’s like to be the product of an abusive mother and the result of a traumatic childhood. Although she claims everything is fine, I wanted to fold her in my arms and reassure her everything really would be fine. Most […]

Book Review: Kindred by Octavia Butler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars I could not bring myself to put this book down, which seamlessly combined the genres of science fiction and historical fiction. Traveling with Dana back and forth from California in 1976 to Maryland in 1819 broadened my understanding of slavery and its effects on people. The juxtaposition of the […]

Book Review: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read A Visit From The Goon Squad in 2011 when it first came out, but I recently reread it after seeing it appear on some Literary Agents’ wish lists as an example of an ideal submission. When a book receives a certain level of attention and is still […]

Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a clever murder mystery with lovable characters. The book kept me guessing all the way to the last page. The dual timelines and multiple storylines made for an interesting and entertaining read. Photo by Angela Davis © 2022