Book Review – Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter tells the story of Joe and Rose Kennedy’s reaction to having an intellectually disabled daughter in the early/mid 1900s. Born into the rich and famous Kennedy family, the beautiful Rosemary had everything going for her… except her disability. At a time when disabilities as such were not well dealt with by society, the Kennedys did what they could to keep Rosemary hidden away for public relations purposes as they sought political power, even stooping to the level of having her undergo a lobotomy in hopes of “curing” her. However, they could not predict the outcome her life would have on their family. It’s possible her plight was not in conjunction with the “Kennedy Curse”, but rather a blessing to their family and to society as a whole.

Book Review – The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer tells the story of the underground amidst America’s days of souther slavery. Hiram Walker, a slave with a mysterious power, loses his mother to the coffin of the deep south. As a family of sorts forms around him, he manages to escape to the north, becomes entangled in the underground, and must choose how to use the power he’s been gifted.

Book Review – The Rabbit Girls

The Rabbit Girls

The Rabbit Girls takes place in the days revolving around the fall of the Berlin Wall as Miriam Winter discovers an Auschwitz tattoo on her dying father’s wrist. History is being written as Miriam must dive back into a different history and uncover the clues to her father’s past found in a uniform stashed in his apartment believed to have belonged to a “Frieda”. What happened to Henryk? Who is Frieda? And what does this mean for Miriam?

Book Review – The Mars Room

The Mars Room

The Mars Room is a fictional glimpse into the women’s prison life of Romy Hall. Facing two consecutive life sentences, Romy leaves behind the world as she knew it, including her son, and enters into a world where women will do whatever they can to get by in a system set against them. As they face the consequences of their actions, they’re up against the cruelties of prison – the grunt jobs they have to work for mere cents per hour, the violence from guards and fellow prisoners, being given minimal essentials, etc.

Book Review – Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes tells the story of two intertwining families who share a decades-long bond through their patriarchal careers, their being neighbors, their tragedies and a marriage. From their upbringings to their personalities to the events of their personal lives, the Gleesons and Stanhopes are forever tied to each other yet forever in contention given their differences and the events that unfold. Can they move on from where they’ve been? Can their children break the mold of the past? Will their children even understand their pasts as adults?

Book Review – Wild Game

Wild Game

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me is Adrienne Brodeur’s true story of the night her mother woke her up to tell her that a man – one who wasn’t her husband – had kissed her and the events that unfold thereafter. Adrienne was 14 when her mom did this, but it set the trajectory for an unusual mother/daughter relationship for the rest of their lives.

Book Review – Color Me In

Color Me In

Color Me In is the multi-racial story of Nevaeh Levitz in some of the most formative times of her life. Nevaeh is half black, half Jewish and white-presenting. Not only does she struggle to identify a culture that is true to who she is, she struggles to understand who she is in general. And then her parents split, taking their respective cultures and separating them once again, causing Nevaeh to discover, grapple with, and lean into the cultures that make her uniquely Nevaeh Levitz.

Book Review – Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek is about a group of people who find themselves tangled up in what appears to be a murder mystery. United by their common usage of the Miracle Submarine, a hyperbaric chamber of a treatment facility, this particular treatment group is forever tied when tragedy ensues. An explosion happens mid-treatment, killing two people and injuring others. The fire appears to have been intentional, but who could have done it? Who had the motive? Who had the supplies and knowledge to make it happen? It’s a story that keeps both the reader and the characters guessing as more and more information is revealed.