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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]