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Book Reviews

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Staff Picks: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
It’s finally May (May the 4th be with you!) so if you’re like us, you’re already picking out your summer books for parks, beach, and plane reading. Aren’t you? Well, […]
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A different kind of haunting

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Two of the best books I’ve read this year will haunt me for a long time: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann “History, is a merciless judge.” This […]
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Reading to meet new and interesting trees

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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It occurred to me recently that I should be keeping track of the trees I encounter, often before leaving the first page, while reading a novel. A strong visual and […]
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Literary Travels: Minneapolis and points north

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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Virginia is hot as blazes in July so why not take a literal, or at least literary, journey to a cooler place? You don’t have to leave to get the […]
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A Book Worth Finishing

Posted about 3 years ago by Jonah Butler
Not long ago Goodread put out an infographic about finishing books. In their survey they discovered that somewhere around 38% of people who read will finish a book no matter […]
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Motel of the Mysteries

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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What books from your childhood still have a hold on you as an adult? Do you think of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie every time something in your […]
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My Summer with Jay

Posted about 3 years ago by Laura Price
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Whether it was required summer reading for AP English or Freshman Core class (an interdisciplinary mashup of lit, economics and anthropology), I cannot be sure. What I do recall is […]
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In the mood for something a little different?

Posted about 3 years ago by Natalie Draper
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I was delighted to discover that the author of the book I was reading last week was also one of the masterminds behind the joyful idea of Drag Queen Story […]
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Two tiny books, two elusive films, two fascinating women

Posted about 4 years ago by Natalie Draper
Posted in Book Reviews, Film
I somehow ended up with these two curiously linked books at the same time without first realizing the connection they shared. Content and style wise they are quite different, but […]
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“The Best We Could Do”

Posted about 4 years ago by Laura Price
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I am just about half-way through an excellent graphic novel called “The Best We Could Do.” It’s the memoir of a Vietnamese refugee named Thi Bui, who recounts the struggles […]
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