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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

My sister recently told me than my three-month-old niece has learned a new skill: Hugs. She can’t walk, talk, or eat solid foods, but she knows something of the power of wrapping her arms tight around you and getting a snuggle back. When My Sister Rosa’s narrator Che remembers his younger sister as a baby, Justine Larbalestier… Continue reading My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: James Baldwin

“It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.” –Leonard Cohen from Goodreads: “Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention… Continue reading Go Tell It on the Mountain: James Baldwin

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Reading After Trump: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Usually the end of campaign season signals a breath of relief as we put ‘politics’ on the shelf once more, to collect dust until whispers of 2020 roll along. But this time the presidential election made me – and many – feel more political than ever. So I picked up a novel, because reading is… Continue reading Reading After Trump: Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

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Halloween Reading: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

“I’m in love and I’ve the best private library in Britain. I have never known books or love ever to fail, so I don’t see why they’d do so now.” my summary: Through a slipshod poet’s narcissistic eyes, we are brought into the world of Victorian London, where Lionel Savage, his indefatigable butler, fiery sister, and… Continue reading Halloween Reading: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo