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Review: The Bookie’s Son by Andrew Goldstein

Review: The Bookie’s Son by Andrew Goldstein

Ricky Davis’ father (Harry) is a bookie for Nathan Glucksman, a notorious gangster in the Bronx with two notorious henchmen. When one of Harry’s collections doesn’t go as planned, Harry finds himself giving away Glucksman’s money to a Jewish tailor instead of collecting what the tailor already owes. When Glucksman doesn’t get his money and finds out what Harry has done, Harry is forced to go into hiding, leaving Ricky to handle the bookie business and worry about how his […]

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Review: Bullied by Carrie Goldman

Review: Bullied by Carrie Goldman

In the Introduction to Bullied, Dorothy Espelage (Ph.D. and Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) laments that after almost twenty years of research on bullying and prevention, we still have not made enough progress in creating safe schools and preventing suicide among children. Espelage points out that although the research has been extensive, there is a major lack of communication between researchers, practitioners, and parents–research reports tend to be shared among the scholars that write them, and are not […]

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Review: Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip

Review: Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip

In Skeleton Women, Camilla tells her story in the first-person point of view, using The Art of War by Sunzi and the Thirty-Six Stratagems as backdrops for the way she lives her life and the decisions she makes as a skeleton woman. This book was both interesting and maddening: I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the parts of the Chinese culture that were focused on in the story, and I was really ticked off at the way the women were treated […]

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Review: The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

Review: The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

Patricia Harman, the author of The Midwife of Hope River, started as a lay midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the 1960s and ’70s. She went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of three different colleges, and is a Certified Nurse-Midwife who makes presentations at midwifery conferences. She has written two memoirs about her experiences as a midwife, and she used her personal notes about the births she attended (and a bunch of research about […]

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Review: Before the Rain by Luisita López Torregrosa

Review: Before the Rain by Luisita López Torregrosa

Before I get into what I thought of the content of Before the Rain, I’d like to say that I love the cover of this book. I don’t usually highlight cover art in my reviews, but I think this cover art is gorgeous. The cover itself is either something other than paper, or paper with some kind of coating, and it has a crosshatch texture to it that I also love. I just had to mention all of that. Onward. […]

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Review: Sharp by David Fitzpatrick

Review: Sharp by David Fitzpatrick

**TRIGGER WARNING for people who self-harm: I’m not sure that I need to post a warning, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.** Until I read David Fitzpatrick’s account in Sharp of what it is like to be a self-harmer, I never really understood how someone could do that to themselves (cutting, burning, etc). I am not good with pain at all, and I can’t imagine ever putting myself in pain on purpose. After reading this book, though, I understand […]

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Review: And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

Review: And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman has written something like twenty-two books (including this one), and although I own two of them (aside from this one), And When She Was Good is the first one I’ve read. I say all of this because I don’t have anything to compare this book to, and I was a little disappointed with it. Lippman has been on the NYT bestseller list (not always a good indicator of quality, I know), and she’s won a ton of awards […]

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Review: The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

Review: The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

The Good Muslim is the sequel to Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age, and the second book in what will eventually be a trilogy about Anam’s home country of Bangladesh. With this novel Anam continues the story of the Haque family, this time from Maya’s perspective. In The Good Muslim, it has been about a decade since the war ended and Bangladesh gained its independence. A lot has happened in the time between December of 1971 and February of 1984, and […]

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Review: Shadow Show edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

Review: Shadow Show edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

“Within the book you now hold in your hands, I find I am no longer the son; instead, I am the father. The twenty-six authors gathered in this collection of remarkable and varied stories have all come home to Papa, and I couldn’t be more proud. My family is a family of circus people, a strange and wonderful midnight carnival of performers, lion tamers, magicians, and beautiful freaks. They make this reunion remarkable. In many ways this book is a […]

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Book Review + Giveaway: Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller

Book Review + Giveaway: Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller

  “My name is Logan Pyle. My father is dead, my wife is indifferent, and my son is strange. I’m thirty-six years old. My life is nothing like I thought it would be.” Logan Pyle is a grad student and stay-at-home father; he has put his studies on indefinite hold, his marriage seems to be failing, and his four-year-old son is psychologically regressing back to baby-hood. He’s also dealing with the relatively recent death of his father, his estrangement from […]

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