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  • Book cover for Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

    Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

    by Wassef, Nadia

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    March 15, 2022

    Call Number: 085.462 W321

    “Against all odds, we had proven to our doubters and detractors that a modern bookstore could survive in Egypt … Though Diwan was not a huge financial success, it was a moral victory, an experiment in marketing, and a mastery of the will.” These are the words of Nadia Wassef, who, along with her sister, Hind, came up with the idea for a modern bookstore in Cairo.  Sharing dinner with friends, several were taken with the idea, and three more people (Ziad, Ali and Nihal) became part of this business adventure. The store called Diwan began in 2002. What began as one store in... Read Full Review

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    Married love and other stories

    by Hadley, Tessa.

    March 7, 2022

    In Married Love and Other Stories, Tessa Hadley digs deep into the unconscious of family life.  Her dense prose offers a tour into the emotional contours of sibling relationships, parenthood, and the kind of intergenerational melodrama to be found in weighty novels. She has a keen sense about the psychology of children and teenagers, who are brimming with awareness and curiosity about the world they inhabit, but are highly vulnerable to the hegemonic power of parenthood.  Hadley understands how that power constricts and limits the freedom of young people to do... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The City We Became

    The City We Became

    by Jemisin, N. K.

    March 1, 2022

    N.K. Jemisin is a multiple award-winning, speculative fiction writer. Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, New York and, as evidenced by her novel, The City We Became, she LOVES the “Big Apple”.

    Every century or so, a city will “manifest”, it becomes a living thing, an entity of its own. This has happened several times throughout history: Hong Kong, Paris, and São Paulo are all “living” cities. The transition can be fraught with peril and, if it doesn’t go well, the city, and all of its inhabitants may be destroyed. New York is on the brink of becoming... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Redwood and Wildfire

    Redwood and Wildfire

    by Hairston, Andrea

    February 23, 2022

    Redwood Phipps is an African-American girl. Aidan Wildfire Cooper is a Seminole Irish young man. The two are brought together by a hateful act of racial violence, which affects both of them for the remainder of their lives. But both are determined to keep the event from defining them. In Redwood and Wildfire, Andrea Hairston follows these characters as they live, grow, learn how to navigate the world in which they live, and challenge what they can, in order to create the world in which they want to live.

    Spanning 15 years and ranging from a small... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for King of the blues : the rise and reign of B.B. King

    King of the blues : the rise and reign of B.B. King

    by De Visé, Daniel

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    February 17, 2022

    Call Number: 789.14 K514De

    In this extensively researched biography, which involved interviews with family, band members, other musicians, friends, managers and others, Daniel De Visé has written a biography about one of the all-time great musicians, B.B. King. It is more than a biography of one man, his art and his calling, it is a presentation of times, places, and ways of living, many that still exist in this country, which were integral to forming King's life. In meticulous detail De Visé documents the early, disjointed life of King’s childhood and young adulthood, beginning with a genealogy of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Until I am free : Fannie Lou Hamer's enduring message to America

    Until I am free : Fannie Lou Hamer's enduring message to America

    by Blain, Keisha N., 1985-

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    February 9, 2022

    Call Number: 323.4092 H214Bl

    During the summer of 1964, at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Fannie Lou Hamer brought her voice of discontent about political injustice within the Democratic Party. She was asking for mandatory integrated state delegations, and spoke passionately and eloquently about voter suppression, discrimination and violence leveled at those who were fighting for their civil rights. In co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Hamer was challenging local Democratic Party methods to block Black participation and representation in state and... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Unnatural habitats & other stories

    Unnatural habitats & other stories

    by Mitchell, Angela, 1971-

    January 31, 2022

    There is a scene in Unnatural​ Habitats & Other Stories​ where a bobcat lounges on a bed between a man and a woman.  It’s the couple’s first night together.  The man loves animals and keeps them in his house, including birds and snakes, but the bobcat is special.  Soon, awkwardness enters the scene, the moment the woman wakes up after her nap and feels the bobcat’s belly moving up and down beside her, instead of her date. She has awakened the bobcat now, looking at her like an unwanted third-party on the man’s bed, a rival.  The woman feels... Read Full Review

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    Real Easy

    by Rutkoski, Marie

    January 24, 2022

    One woman murdered. Another woman missing. A police detective traumatized by her recent past. An unidentified killer. Was this their first victim or the latest in a series of murders? Will they strike again? If so, when?

    In Real Easy, Marie Rutkoski, who has been known until now for her outstanding children’s and young adult literature, makes her debut as an author of adult fiction in a thrilling novel that will not only challenge readers’ abilities to solve the crime, but their preconceptions as well.

    The primary setting for Real Easy... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The adventure of the peculiar protocols : adapted from the journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

    The adventure of the peculiar protocols : adapted from the journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

    by Meyer, Nicholas, 1945-

    January 18, 2022

    Call Number: LT M

    In 1974, author and soon to be screenwriter and director Nicholas Meyer published his first novel: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. It was a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that not only covered the foiling of a kidnapping plot, but famously chronicled Holmes’ recovery from addiction, with the help of Sigmund Freud. Over the decades, Meyer has written two other Holmes novels: 1976’s The West End Horror and 1993’s The Canary Trainer. Now Meyer is back with another previously untold story of the great detective, one that is characterized in the author’s introductory... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Keep it moving : lessons for the rest of your life

    Keep it moving : lessons for the rest of your life

    by Tharp, Twyla

    Reviewed by: Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction

    January 10, 2022

    Call Number: 362.6 T367

    When I was in graduate school working on my MLIS, I skipped a class to attend Push Comes to Shove, a dance work choreographed by Twyla Tharp, specifically for Mikhail Baryshnikov, a classically trained ballet dancer, who at the time had recently defected to the West. This would be a break-out work for him. Tharp's techniques and movements were innovative, fresh and challenging. Some live performances are once-in-a-lifetime events, and this was one of those. As for the skipped class, graduate classes were small and attendance was taken, so before my non-appearance, I got the nod of... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The son of good fortune : a novel

    The son of good fortune : a novel

    by Tenorio, Lysley A., 1972-

    January 3, 2022

    Call Number: Ed.a

    In Lysley Tenorio’s debut novel, a mother and son duo wrestle for social and economic mobility.  They have very limited resources, a direct consequence for being undocumented immigrants.  As the novel opens, the male protagonist, Excel, is fresh out of high school, itching to escape a life of invisibility imposed upon him since birth by his mother, Maxima.  They breathe a life of extreme caution and secrecy, lest Immigration officials discover they’re undocumented, and deport them back to the Philippines.  For a while Excel is able to leave home, thanks to a... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The Mary Shelley Club

    The Mary Shelley Club

    by Moldavsky, Goldy

    December 27, 2021

    Call Number: YA

    Last year, Rachel Chavez survived a home invasion. In an attempt to provide her with a new start, her mother, who teaches at Manchester Prep, an affluent Manhattan high school, moves them from their Long Island house to a Brooklyn apartment and enrolls Rachel at Manchester Prep.

    Since the attack, Rachel has found comfort in watching horror movies and become a horror fan. Being the new girl, the survivor of a violent attack, and a horror fan are not typically a winning combination for fitting in at a new school. But her observation of an anomalous act at a party... Read Full Review

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