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Safe – Mini Book Review

Author: S.K. Barnett Genre: Thriller Publisher: Century Publication Date: June 11, 2020 Book Description: A kidnapped girl survived twelve nightmarish years.Now she’s safely back home . . . or is she? Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched off the sidewalk from her quiet suburban neighborhood. Twelve years later, she’s miraculously returned…

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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett – Book Review

Author: Annie Lyons Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publisher: William Morrow Publication Date: September 8, 2020 Book Description: It’s never too late to start living. Infused with the emotional power of Me Before You and the irresistible charm of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Be Frank with Me, a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death…

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The Sarah Book – Mini Book Review

Author: Scott McClanahan Genre: Autofiction Publisher: Tyrant Books Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Book Description: “McClanahan’s prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. He writes in an elliptical fever dream so contagious that slowing down is not an option.…

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Tokyo Ueno Station – Book Review

Author: Yu Miri, Trans. Morgan Giles Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Riverhead Books Publication Date: June 22, 2020 Book Description: As a work of post-tsunami literature and a protest against the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this novel is of utmost importance to this moment, a powerful rebuke to the Imperial system and a sensitive, deeply felt depiction…

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Other People’s Pets – Mini Book Review

Author: R.L. Maizes Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Celadon Books Publication Date: July 14, 2020 Book Description: R.L. Maizes’s Other People’s Pets examines the gap between the families we’re born into and those we create, and the danger that holding on to a troubled past may rob us of the future. La La Fine relates to…

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The Pull of the Stars – Mini Book Review

Author: Emma Donoghue Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperAvenue Publication Date: July 21, 2020 Book Description: In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world…

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This Is My America – Mini Book Review

Author: Kim Johnson Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Publication Date: July 28, 2020 Book Description: The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the…

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The Party Upstairs – Mini Book Review

Author: Lee Conell Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Penguin Press Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Book Description: An electrifying debut novel that unfolds in the course of a single day inside one genteel New York City apartment building, as tensions between the building’s super and his grown-up daughter spark a crisis that will, by day’s end,…

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One to Watch – Mini Book Review

Author: Kate Stayman-London Genre: Romance Publisher: Dial Press Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Book Description: Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers—and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main…

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