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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 – 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 – Things you Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire

Things You Save in a Fire is about the major events of female fire-fighter, Cassie Hanwell’s, life. On the night of her 16th birthday, Cassie’s life is forever changed when not one, but two major events occur. From there, she becomes tough, closed off and, ultimately, always prepared to deal with emergencies. This makes her an ideal firefighter, but her being a woman does not.

Eventually Cassie’s life calls her to a Boston firehouse where her femininity is challenged even deeper by their old-school ways and the attractive, new rookie. Can Cassie remain calm? Will she put her career on the line amongst trying to prove herself as a woman in a man’s world? And what exactly is the courageous thing to do in a situation like hers?

Book Review – Recursion

Recursion

Recursion is about neuroscientist Helena Smith’s attempts to preserve memories as inspired by her Alzheimer’s-ridden mother. Concurrently, NYPD officer Barry Sutton finds himself investigating a case involving False Memory Syndrome (FMS), a new, mysterious epidemic that’s taking the world by storm. Through his investigation, he becomes entangled in Helena’s work, the side effects of her work, and the toll her work has taken on her and the world. Can Barry and Helena fulfill their purposes in this world? Is there an end to the tasks they’ve set out to do? Or have they entered into a recursion of failures?

Book Review – How Not to Die Alone

How Not to Die Alone is about Andrew, a man who spends his working hours searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. While securing his career, Andrew slipped a little white lie into his interview, claiming he had a wife and children. Years later, his lie still in tact, things escalate when he befriends his new co-worker, Peggy. For the first time, Andrew lets someone in and needs to decide what to do. Should he tell Peggy the truth, cutting down the web of lies he’s built and risking his reputation and job? Or should he keep up his lie, living alone, but secure in said web?

Book Review – Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six is an oral history of 70's rock stars Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne and his band, The Six. When the two pair up, their music is instantaneously the stuff of legends, the rock and roll American's craved in the 1970s. But their worlds didn't merge with ease. With rock and roll came sex and drugs. And with sex and drugs came trials and tribulations. Like any band, they navigate relational strain, differing dreams and the lengths they'll go to to stay together... or be apart.

Daisy Jones & The Six is an oral history of 70’s rock stars Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne and his band, The Six. When the two pair up, their music is instantaneously the stuff of legends, the rock and roll American’s craved in the 1970s. But their worlds didn’t merge with ease. With rock and roll came sex and drugs. And with sex and drugs came trials and tribulations. Like any band, they navigate relational strain, differing dreams and the lengths they’ll go to to stay together… or be apart.

Book Review – A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky is about Maurice Swift, a young, attractive, want-to-be writer and how he climbs his way to the top, using people and their stories to reach his fame. A talent in writing, he lacks, but the talents of deceit and manipulation get him far into the writing career he so desired. Once chance encounter leads to a debut novel that sets his career into motion and changes his life forever. 

Book Review – Ghosted

Ghosted

Ghosted is about Sarah and Eddie’s incredible week together before Sarah is ghosted. They’d instantly fallen in love and then Eddie fell off the face of the earth. Sarah’s left searching, wondering what to do, and being convinced by her friends that she needs to just give him up. She can’t seem to let go before she eventually learns there’s a reason for his disappearance, and now she’s faced with the hard task of sharing the truth.