Review: Eternal Life [4★]

Dara Horn’s Eternal Life is a strange tale, rich with mystery and full of questions. In her novel, Horn tells the story of a Jewish girl, Rachel, who forfeited her death in order to save her baby boy. She has lived that sacrifice for two thousand years. Eternal Life begins in the modern day, but […]

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Review: Parenting With Love & Logic [4★]

Parenting is a weighty and difficult thing, as education consultant Jim Fay and psychiatrist Foster Cline know well. There are numerous different approaches, none of which provide a guaranteed outcome. The best one however, according to Fay and Cline, is one that teaches children responsibility through making choices and reaping the consequences of those choices […]

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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora [4★]

I never tire of fantasy fiction–of the multitudes of worlds that authors can imagine, of the systems of magic that they can conceive, and of the quests and adventures that never wear thin. Scott Lynch’s best selling novel The Lies of Locke Lamora is a delightful new foray into that vast and generous world of […]

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Review: The Song of Achilles [4★]

A ravishing, unconventional narrative, Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles reimagines Homer’s Greek and Trojan war. Instead of a tale of glorious war from the perspective of ruthless and powerful warriors, Miller’s story is a romance, told by the gentlest of the Greek soldiers.  Miller’s saga of love and war is narrated by Patroclus, an exiled […]

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Review: The Mistborn series [5★]

In Brandon Sanderson’s dystopian fantasy world, a cruel tyrant called The Lord Ruler controls the Final Empire–a world with a blazing red sun, sickly brown plants, ash falling endlessly from the sky, and ominous mists that haunt the nights.  In this world, composed of wealthy noblemen and wretched skaa slaves–a skaa street urchin named Vin […]

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Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey [3★]

For the first (and possibly the last) time ever, I have discovered a book that is worse than the movie it inspired. Richard C. Morais’ novel The Hundred-Foot Journey is a picturesque ode to classical French cooking, but it lacks the heartwarming, hopeful excellence of Lasse Halstrӧm’s cinematic version.   Hassan Haji, born in India to […]

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Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [4★]

In the famous memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou–singer, author, poet, and civil-rights activist–chronicles her life from birth to age seventeen. Her story is tragic and heartbreaking and full of injustices, yet it sings with hope and life from start to finish.  Maya’s life began with poverty and hardship in southern […]

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